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Εταιρείες εμπόρων και υπουργήματα

"Μια εταιρεία εμπόρων δεν μπορεί βέβαια να παίζει τον κυρίαρχο μιας χώρας, ακόμη και όταν έχει στα χέρια της τη δύναμη γι' αυτό. Η μεταπώληση, δηλαδή η αγορά με σκοπό την επαπώληση, παραμένει γι' αυτούς η σπουδαιότερη συναλλαγή και κατά παράδοση, παραγνωρίζοντας τα πραγματικά γεγονότα, θεωρούν ότι το υπούργημα του κυρίαρχου υποτάσσεται στο λειτούργημα του εμπόρου". ............Adam Smith, "Wealth of Nations" "I'm a strong believer in free enterprise. So my natural instinct is to oppose government intervention. I believe companies that make bad decisions should be allowed to go out of business. Under normal circumstances, I would have followed this course. But these are not normal circumstances. The market is not functioning properly. There's been a widespread loss of confidence. And major sectors of America's financial system are at risk of shutting down". ................George W. Bush, President's Address to the Nation

They Are Not Kosovo

Russia's Recognition of Independence for South Ossetia and Abkhazia Is Illegitimate […The head of OSCE, Finnish Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb, has accused Russia "of trying to empty South Ossetia of Georgians."[8] As a result of either force, fear or a combination of both, thousands of Georgians have fled the region. South Ossetia, with Moscow's assistance, is cleansing the area of ethnic Georgians, thereby essentially copying Serbia's effort to ethnically cleanse Kosovo. The West should not countenance such a policy. Russian claims that Georgia has engaged in Serbian-like ethnic cleansing in South Ossetia are preposterous. The systematic and brutal atrocities committed by a Slobodan Milošević–led Serbia in the Balkans are incomparable to the situation between Georgia, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia. When the majority of the European Union and the United States recognized Kosovo's independence, they acknowledged that such independence was the result of tough, …