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Comment: Re:So much unnecessary trouble (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47573403) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine
Because Hitler was maniacal and Putin is calculated. Just because Putin is able to read Mein Kampf in the original German, doesn't mean he would buy into it. Yes, Georgia was his Czechoslovakia and Ukraine would be his Austria. But the path to military domination is always a disaster. Putin is too much of a student of History not to realize it. He accumulated too much power too fast. Which means that the people with whom he has to share it (in order to maintain it) have not been people whom he could carefully select and vet. Enough of them have their own ambitions and enough of them are simply power hungry. I am a little disturbed, by the way, that you think that the terrorist organization that the Strelkov is running is not getting enough support. Why would you want Russia to be a terrorist state? What's the point? There is nothing to be gained in a military conquest of Ukraine that could not have been gained by simply opening the borders. The only people who benefit in this military aggression is the top military brass itself. They would reassert their relevance. But Russia itself would obviously lose. On a path to war, the test of a leader is his ability to avoid bloodshed -- not his ability to secure a victory.

Comment: Re:So much unnecessary trouble (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47571487) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Thing is, I don't think the people who run the country believe in all this crap.

Obviously not. But the fact that this is being peddled is a clear indication that the momentum is still building up for the war. They are dreaming though if they think that the resentment will pass. If, by some miracle (Putin resigning in disgrace, for example), a war doesn't happen, you are looking at 15-20 years of future resentment. If Russia actually goes through with the lunacy of invasion, no amount of purges will help. Ukraine will treat Russia in very much the same way that Poland treats Russia. Someone else said it in the thread, and I would tend to agree. The fact that the hostilities are happening is a clear indication that Putin has already lost much of his power.

Comment: Re:So much unnecessary trouble (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47565171) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine
But you have to admit that Ukrainians fit into this model much more than any other ethnic group. And it does buttress the "base" of this "core". The current conflict, however, will not likely to be forgotten easily. This will resonate and will create a level of resentment not dissimilar to the resentment that Poles have towards Russia. Turning 50 million friends into 50 million enemies would be a gigantic failure of policy for any regime.

Comment: Re:So much unnecessary trouble (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47561359) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine
The Cental Asian immigrants don't fit into the whole pan-slavic mythology around which the regime is trying to base its identity. And they are not looking for just a work force. Because people don't start families in their 20s, but rather in their 30s, they have a demographic gap in a crucial age group. They are looking for members of society who can be easily integrated rather than who will remain outsiders for generations to come.

Comment: Re: Great... (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47551041) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine
Have you ever heard of the Roman Empire. It became an empire but conquering the Greek empire. Now can you tell the difference between Greek gods and roman gods? It's not unheard of for the victor to adapt the ways of the conquered. Russia is now a perfect example... a text book example of a fascist state.

Comment: Re: Great... (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47550971) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine
Although it is often accused of it, Israel is not a terrorist state. Its actions are in self defense. Unfortunately, it has to defend itself against fighters so cowardly that they hide behind their mothers, sisters and children when they attack Israelites. So these cowards are causing high casual ties among Palestinian Arab civilians

Comment: Re: Great... (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47550629) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine
There is no "we" here. You are spewing Russian propaganda that is so inanely dumb that only those inside of Russia believe it. Not because Russians are dumb, but because of complete media lock down that is happening there. In fact, this propaganda is so stupid even most Russians, in the absense of other information, don't believe it.

Comment: Re:So much unnecessary trouble (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47550167) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine
It's not a solution to increasing birth rates. But it is a solution to increasing population. In other words, they are trying to buy time in the hopes that the demographic trends reverse at some point. Central Asia immigrants don't speak Russian nearly as well nor do they have as much affinity towards Russian culture. Ukraine would have been a perfect partner if this was played right. Now it's a giant cluster fuck.

Comment: Re:Great... (Score 1) 571

by superwiz (#47550139) Attached to: Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

Russia is a villain. The U.S. is a villain.

Absolutely not. Russia is the villain. US is an impartial observer not participating (yet) in the events, but US is being a prudent observer in stating that it would not do business with a bully (at best) or a madman (at worst). That doesn't make US a villain. It makes US sane.

The current fascist-riddled Ukraine government is a villain.

That's an outrageous lie. The only reason that Russia continue to promote this lie for its internal propaganda is in order to practice the psychological device of "deflection." Russia is a fascist state through and through. It follows all the state doctrines of fascism almost to the letter. And in attempt to avoid such labeling, it accuses another state of fascism. Which is precisely how the deflection pattern works.

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