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Big events don’t make small minds any bigger. Words uttered in passion usually produce drivel. So, if you are to understand the meaning of the American events, listen carefully to this old, cold man. In 1968, when I was an editor on Madison Avenue, New York’s magazine row, I hired a man called Edward Luttwak [...]

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To groznify – active verb. Maximum firepower concentrated on an elusive target, with severe collateral damage; derived from Grozny, capital of Chechnya until its destruction in 1996-99; colloquial use, as in “we had to destroy the village in order to save it” (Vietnam 1970). Following President Vlad-imir Putin’s domestic television speech on Monday, and his [...]