Doubtful, they didn't even manage to hold back the Electric Car, and I'm not going to call "Rigged!" on the Oscars just yet...
Wow. It's a real pity this was posted as AC... I can see this becoming a meme...
Indirectly elected != unelected.
Technically, the president of the United States isn't elected either, he's chosen by a bunch of people chosen to elect him.
I sure as hell hope that's a natural number of boxes, otherwise my whole world is a lie...
Obviously, this is not a detailed plan of action, but it seems the general idea is sound, judging by the fact that the OECD/OCDE has sent observers.
What are the russians going to do, shoot them for asking questions and looking around?
I believe I've indirectly answered your questions (they're unarmed, so there are no rules of engagement, much less anything close to anti-air capabilities).
As for a potential escalation, that is a scenario that would almost certainly result in war. A lot more could be said about this, but I won't go into detail.
It is required, otherwise you are not a lawful combatant. That leaves you as a criminal or a terrorist, under international law.
The Geneva Conventions cover a lot of topics, sometimes over several documents. I had a hard time finding the specific paragraph that says this last time I checked, but it's there (somewhere).
The observers are just observers, as the title implies.
Call them a bluff, if you will. They don't even have to be armed, just identified. It's meant to make him think twice instead of invading first and thinking later.
If anyone is rolling the dice, it's Putin. And let's get something straight - if he gets what he wants, he's not going to stop and the problem will not go away.
Some risks are unavoidable if you don't want a new Soviet Union.
Obviously, the plan accounts for stuff like the flu vaccine. It's not mandatory, but it's recommended for those at greater risk (Healthcare workers, the elderly,
Vaccines don't get included until they've been proven to be beneficial (the HPV vaccine had some two years between public availability and being part of the plan, and even then it wasn't immediately mandatory).
Now I'm sure you're an ignorant idiot (and probably a shill) - making wild assumptions about people you don't know.
FYI, we don't have such idiotic programming in Europe. Not even our idiots doubt global warming or evolution.
I did not suggest taking them on. I suggested strategically placed personnel (observers) that would render any offensive action an act of war by Russia.
Popular opinion has little influence over such a thing. We're not talking about a military force, we're talking about a symbolic message.
Again, the objective is to shadow the Ukrainians to keep the Russians from invading further, not take an active part in the conflict. That way the question is no longer "Do we want to piss him off?" - it's "Does he want to piss us off?".
Being critical is one thing. Organising an army is another.
You mean to tell me those russian-speaking guys with russian military equipment and russian uniforms and russian vehicles are in fact locals?
If so, you're the ignorant one here.
Protip: The locals look like your average militia. AKs and rather liberal uniforms.
I'd also like to see where your weapons claims are coming from. Only very late did the protests escalate beyond throwing rocks (in the grand scheme, isolated incidents aside). And guess what? Snipers randomly appeared and started shooting crowds. The crowd's supply chain was mostly food and fuel for the literal campfire.
Wrong. The general public gets just as much, if not more protection than the individual through herd immunity. The whole systems depends on herd immunity.
Easy: Make a vaccination plan.
In Europe, that's what happens. Guess what? Every time you sign up for something involving lots of people, you may be asked for proof that you were actually vaccinated (or could not be for valid medical reasons).
Some stuff is absolutely mandatory, for good reason. Some stuff can be bought at a pharmacy if required (Malaria for instance, isn't really a problem unless you travel to Africa) and is thus optional.
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The EU can decide to politely ask member states to send troops to protect their interests. NATO can easily deploy whatever is necessary.
Keep in mind: All that is needed is a token presence which would turn an invasion scenario into an attack on NATO/the EU. Since not even Putin is crazy enough to do that, it keeps them from advancing.