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Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 789

I wouldn't be so sure. Putin knows that if he breaks Ukraine, he owns it. He's cunning -- and will avoid this.

Likely, Putin will be happy to see a crippled and broken Ukraine that serves as a buffer state against what he and his minions see as NATO encroachment. AFAICT, the instability and division in Ukraine is a feature, not a bug. Note that he was quite happy to see Ukraine dysfunctional and poor under Yanukovich, at least until the old kleptocrat overextended himself, and found himself in exile in the land of his masters.

How to stop Putin? Not sure -- but one thing's for certain, we (the West) can't be seen as weak. Like Muslims, Russians respect strength and despise weakness. I suspect that only the threat of NATO flooding the future state of Western Ukraine with troops and hardware will cause him to step back.

Comment: Re:Misleading headline (Score 1) 402

by benjfowler (#47593551) Attached to: The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

And also shows how Hamas are taking the moral high ground too... /s.

And claiming that "desperation" justifies behaving like thugs, and launching those unguided POS bottle rockets by remote control at civilians is somehow justified... Just got to love those good old fashioned Islamic moral values...

Comment: Re:Qatar follows a Previous Model (Score 0, Offtopic) 402

by benjfowler (#47593531) Attached to: The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

If that were truly the case, and if Israeli really wanted to wipe out the Palestinians, that the breathless pro-Hamas dupes posting here claim, there wouldn't be a single Palestinian alive on Earth. Given what the Russians did to Grozny in the Second Chechan War, and given how much more overwhelmingly powerful the Western militaries are, it's actually a credit to the Israelis they've been able to do so little damage and kill so few people.

Anyway, what about Syrian civilians, slaughtered wholesale by (inferior) Russian weaponry. 200,000+ dead. Don't they count?

Comment: Red notice (Score 2) 100

Interpol Red Notices are routinely used by oppressive regimes to harass political opponents abroad. They're not always effective; governments seem to be free to ignore these things if it appears to be politically motivated.

It's not a good look for the Russians to be so cheeky as to protest a common thief getting busted like this. I should hope that if somebody in (say) the UK ripped off a few thousand Russian pensioners over the internet, that the Russians could have him handed over (and thrown in Russian PMITA prison) quickly. Our Russian friends seem to have forgotten the notions of reciprocity.

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