December 12, 2011

Welcome to the Moral High Ground. What Next?

It is a long time since Estonia was a subject, not an object in international affairs. I doubt anyone is alive today who has even the dimmest childhood memory of the Tartu Peace Treaty negotiations (though I would be delighted to be proved wrong if a precocious nine-year-old is now a lively centenarian). From the Anglo-German naval agreement of 1935 onwards (in which Britain withdrew from the Baltic, turning the small countries of the region into the playthings of Hitler and Stalin), Estonia has had to accept the hand that history dealt it.

It is a long time since Estonia was a subject, not an object in international affairs. I doubt anyone is alive today who has even the dimmest childhood memory of the Tartu Peace Treaty negotiations (though I would be delighted to be proved wrong if a precocious nine-year-old is now a lively centenarian). From the Anglo-German naval agreement of 1935 onwards (in which Britain withdrew from the Baltic, turning the small countries of the region into the playthings of Hitler and Stalin), Estonia has had to accept the hand that history dealt it.


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