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Comment Re:Serious question (Score 1) 689

There are some differences: 1. In Syria, America and Russia support factions that are ideologically at least several centimeters apart.

I kinda disagree here. Current Syrian government is a secular one, is formed by socialist Ba'ath party. Assad and many others here are Alawites, which is kinda local syncretistic religion combining elements of Islam and Christianity. And there is a sizable population of Christians who pretty much all are on government side. That is due to the nature of other side, which are all pious Muslims, and proper implementation of Islam requires removal of all infidels like Christians and Alawites. Such intolerance doesn't fit in modern world, but each Muslim who is becoming more tolerant is betraying his roots and his Prophet. Sad but true.

Comment Re:Deflection (Score 1) 756

Russian gov lacks capability to do something like that. They're all luddites there, having own website and twitter is about as high as they can go. Governments always move slowly in such matters. Same applies to US. That's the reason they got hacked in the first place. People who actually did the hack were independent activists, even those of them who are Russian national would be considered petty criminals by Russian gov and no cooperation would be possible.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 287

State operated propaganda doesn't become a cult classic. All-in-all that was just a movie, and it reflects local culture as much as James Bond works do. And it was as much of a propaganda as James Bond works either, that is it was honest opinion of authors that happened to align with party line. The art expresses what people are made of in reality, there is no reason to lie, since insincere work can't become a cult classic.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 2) 287

The problem is that with great cost to everyone in 1990s Russia pretty much caved in to all demands of all nations on earth are that were even remotely western-like no matter how silly those demands were. But US and other morons still keep treating Russia like threat and tend to plot death of everyone who is even tangentially related to Russia or former Soviet Union which makes all this cave-in absolutely worthless in the first place. So no matter who will be in power in Russia, it will be becoming more and more hostile to US and other clowns like them in the future.

Comment Re:Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 867

It doesn't matter Ukraine by Russia or the other way around. Having those as separate things just doesn't make sense. All people there KNOW they're people of Rus, don't need to invent new nationalities. I'm not making any argument here, I just state that I'm not convinced you could meaningfully build Ukraine as state with single nationality, it never was a nationality, just some scholar's pet project. Actual people simply don't fit in this model, for example most of the people in Crimea never had Ukrainian as native tongue, same applies to many other regions. And Western regions of Ukraine aren't too homogenous either. Pretty sure scholars could make even more separate nationalities from those regions if they care. There is no objective line between Russian and Ukrainian, so it'll be always ripe for abuse and contradictory interpretations. Better don't have notion of Ukraine altogether.

Comment Re:Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 867

He got a host of relatives and warriors with him too, a lot of them, and they all mixed with local population generating a hybrid culture. Name of Rus applies to that culture and that kingdom, and modern form of it is Russia. Kiev was capital of Rus and it doesn't make sense to have it outside Russia. If it's outside, then it's conquered, it's as simple as that. We do not scammer scholars to promote parts of Russia into separate nations like Ukrainian and Belorussian, it's a great example of DO NOT WANT.

Comment Re:Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 867

Actually, King Rurik was probably from somewhere in Sweden, he just carved out a kingdom in Novgorod and Kiev, and this resulted in this hybrid Norse/Slav culture called Russian. Everything that descends from this Norse/Slav hybrid is naturally Russian. And any state called Russia would by necessity include both Novgorod and Kiev, because otherwise it won't make sense for it to be called Russia.

Comment Re:Yeah but there's a whole world out there (Score 1) 867

Language and culture of "Ukraine" directly descended from Rus, the one that was founded by king Rurik, same as the rest of Russia. In fact everyone there were considering themselves "people of Rus" until some scammers invented "Ukraine". While Bulgaria and Poland don't descend from Rus kingdom founded by Rurik.

Comment Re:Ties to Government? (Score 2) 109

Strictly speaking neither Russia nor US can do anything wrong or right, because you need to be a single person, or at least a single mind to do anything. Since the whole idea of a nation of doing something is nonsensical it's very amenable to manipulation, if you buy into nation as person meme then you can be convinced to do absolutely anything.

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