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In the medium term, no such guarantee is possible, but nor is any sense that an ironhanded Pax Americana will hold.
For now, however, we are witnessing in Putin's rise the emergence of an ironhanded leader who, by exploiting Russians' desire for law and order, has struck a sympathetic chord among millions sick of the corruption of the past years.
And sailors accustomed to the ironhanded rule of sea captains may well have been particularly willing to vest in Christian a greater measure of power than a single, equal vote.