West lines are just artifices

February 14, 2015 8:00 AM

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Seventy years ago this week, the leaders of Britain, the United States and the Soviet Union gathered in Crimea and hammered out a deal that would draw the dividing line between the Western and Eastern worlds.

The line was purely arbitrary, paying no heed to nations or languages or geographies or cultures, bisecting Berlin and redrawing most Central European countries. It was based not on any intrinsic meaning of “The West” or “The East” – for there is none – or on the desires or self-identifications of a...

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