Stop talking Putin and Obama. Start talking Gazprom, Chevron, Koch brothers, Altai pipeline. Compare Monsanto's unchecked power to Gazproms power for Russia - it's like 2 sides of the same coin. Does it really matter if commies invade the capitalists or the capitalists invade the communists? To people in power of course it does, but to you and it seems to me to be the more of the same. Not worth dying for. So I'm not going to pick up a gun. Both sides know this so they will have to false flag to make me bait me into picking up a gun and fight for those company resources again.
Some of us stand together in acknowledging the powers that try to cause us to fight on their behalf. Which ever side you've been born, married or bought into you should be of the same opinion. Both sides lie the same. We all know this now because we have friends and family on either side.
Related /. article was regards that typical Americans hold no democratic power, confirming our thoughts that it's corporations all the way. As I say, it's similar both sides of the water. Russia is money, USA is money, China is money. It's been said many times but drop trying to think it can be about anything else. Money may make it about something else for it's interests but you are free to ignore the bait. Like a devil free to test you (or an attractive woman testing to see if you're a worthy suitor), you don't have to respond. That can be difficult but it's one thing you can always have the option of.
To reiterate, I've no problem with ordinary Russian citizens. Or American citizens. Or Europeans. We're not enemies. We know that's just a construct. Same for Muslims or whatever it is I'm told to start hating next.
It's stating the obvious. But I read the responses here and I feel the need to state such a simple thing.
If you're Russian I wish you good luck in weaning off of your powers above you. Likewise for either side in rooting out corruption and this kind of power play.
And now for some folly. Nostrodamous prediction is for ISIS & friends to come out of the middle east, ebola to complicate a war between Russia/China(East) & Nato etc (west).