Good thing the US has the largest and most technologically advanced navy in the world. The US, oddly enough, planned for an all out nuclear war between itself and Russia long before most of us posting here were even born.
I might also add that the Kosovo referendum lead strictly to independence, and not to Kosovo being swallowed up by a large neighbor.
If we do nothing, what happens to every other country in Eastern Europe that has some measurable Russian minority? Do they just get to either enslave themselves or Moscow or see their territory cut into pieces?
Explain to me how what happened in Crimea is any different than what happened in Sudetenland?
The Kosovo referendum was done with international observers, and what lead to it was Serbian aggression that, if not outright genocidal in direction, was damned close.
I'm not clear here, isn't that the purpose of TCP/IP?
I don't think "spring" has a standardized or universal definition. There is certainly no "official start of spring" or other such nonsense. I believe the National Weather Service in the US goes with March 1. Austrailia seems to agree, though obviously it is swapped with autumn down under. The UK seems to "officially" recognize both the astronomical and traditional definitions.
You are obviously aware that, if _everybody_ eventually shared your (our) point of view, our current economic system (that is driven by consumerism) would collapse in a rather short time
Absolutely. However, there's no risk of that. Just look at the comments above you. People will rarely take the more difficult path, even if it leads to success. On top of that, some just don't understand debt. Again, look at the above messages, talking about how a mortgage is a *good* idea. It'd be hilarious, if it wasn't so sad.
However, if _everybody_ eventually shared your (our) point of view, the whole world is going to look a lot like Japan (or China 25 years from now).
Again, yes -- but again, there's no risk of that. Most people will follow the well trodden path, squeeze out a few crotch-blossoms, generate enormous debt, lose the house in the divorce, and sit around wondering WTF just happened... and we'll have our next generation.
Take a pill, pal. No one is launching nuclear weapons.
Double standards are what they are. Whether you, Russia or the King of Jupiter like it or not, it is not in anyone but Russia's best interests to have it absorbing up chunks of Eastern Europe based on the same flimsy arguments that Germany put forward over the Sudetenland seventy five years ago.
Moral standing arguments are nothing more than thinly veiled arguments to sit on our hands and do nothing. Well fuck you and fuck the double standard. Russia should be put under crippling sanctions, its foreign assets should be seized, its foreign nationals put on the next planes back to Russia. At some point the oligarchs that Putin relies on for his powerbase will blink and then we can back to reasonable talk, without Russian forces sitting in a state that Russia itself guaranteed the territorial integrity of twenty years ago.
Stalin managed lots of things; like selling Germany steel up until the morning of the German invasion. Churchill famously reminded Stalin of this fact when Stalin went into one of his infamous telegraph tirades demanding more of the Arctic convoys shipping materials from the US and Canada to Britain be redirected to Russia.
Russia did not survive WWII all on its own. It too was a beneficiary of Western aid; both directly via Lend Lease, as well as aid in gaining control of the Trans-Iranian Railroad, and ultimately opening the Second Front with the Normandy Invasion, which finally forced Germany into the nightmare two-front war.
Russia has never been as invincible as it liked to portray itself. Even when it ultimately drove out invaders, the costs were massive.
The United States, via NATO, has underwritten European freedom for six decades. Why should that stop now? It's in the US's interest to keep Europe free and peaceful.
I'm not, at this juncture, suggesting military intervention; not directly anyways. But certainly help Ukraine through military aid defends its sovereignty and integrity seems a good idea, as well as pushing Europe for harsh sanctions.
With Russian units now making incursions outside of Crimea, I think it's only a matter of time before Europe goes along with the US plan for harsher sanctions.
I'm not talking shit - I went to a school with no football team. It was a good school and didn't cost any more than other schools in the same class. Many other very good colleges have football teams that are division 3 team and have nowhere near the importance to the school. Finding a school with a football team that sucks (and thus has less support) is trivial. If you don't like jocks and a football culture, for God's sake don't go to Penn State main campus.
On the high school point, you are correct - but "having a football team" is pretty low on the list of problems in this nation's public schools. I'm sorry that it hurt you on a personal level, but understand that many kids don't even have a safe environment. Even your situation, from the limited amount you have told me, has more to do with bullying than football worship. If we could change the sports worship and change it so that smart kids are exalted but bullying is accepted , that will just mean that different kids get bullied.
The are a number of questions about the validity of the vote. Considering Crimea's ethnic makeup, 95% approval seems a questionable number. No international observers of any note during a referendum that carves out a chunk of a sovereign state. A sovereign state, I might add, that Russia itself guaranteed the territorial integrity of in the 1990s.
If Russia gets away with this, it will essentially mean that anywhere in Europe where there is an ethnic Russian population of any note, the country in question will be forced to either tow Moscow's line, or risk a Russian invasion to "liberate" the ethnic Russians.