not to condone putin's action but this is a really interesting vid on how russia has become progressively encircled
it's no surprise that he seems paranoid in the light of this
it should go without saying that tea is one of the most strident voices on facebook. hes shouting at this young boy with a russian girlfriend saying we need to nuke russia now and this poor young lad is so upset at the thought of war and tea is going
well you shouldnt have married the fucking enemy then.
it's very volatile the social media at the moment
Sorry Woebot, I mean sure the USA's policy with missile bases is provocative but this guy is a fucking bullshit merchant.
i dunno... i mean, how the USSR took those territories in the first place is sort of immaterial.
what it seems undeniable is that they don't really control them in the same way any more.
the facebook thing was this young boy with a russian wife going, well, there's no hard evidence yet, maybe we should chill out before we start playing into the war hysteria machine and mr tea and his mates all piling in on him calling him a massive cunt ans saying he should have thought first before marrying the enemy. like i say it scared me off getting involved. too volatile. temperatures running very high.
like i said im not getting involved man.
Edit: Dan, learn to recognise an obvious wind-up! Sheesh.
I guess it's easy enough to say that if you don't live there!
Which is not to say they wouldn't dearly love to - witness the cyber-attacks on Estonia a decade ago, the annexation of eastern Ukraine, threats against Poland and potential ramifications of a Russian-Turkish rapprochement for Armenia. Russia has never not been an imperial power.
I hear you about the limited usefulness of describing the USA as "evil". I mean, it certainly has done, and still does, terrible things - as does Russia. Each country is an imperialist state with a vast military and the means to destroy the world many times over, controlled to a greater or lesser degree by self-interested plutocrats and with an interest in projecting its power around the world. But a vast asymmetry between them is apparent when you consider that millions of people in America, and in the West more generally, despise their own government to the extent that they're willing to lend a sympathetic ear to Russia, even while Russian jets bomb Syrian hospitals: where are their Russian equivalents? As far as I can tell they simply don't exist - or if they do exist, they are small in number and keep their heads down, with good reason. Can you find me a Russian, in Russia, giving a talk like the guy in the video above, about the USA's "justified paranoia" over Soviet missiles in Cuba? I suspect anyone brave enough to do that would not be long for this world.
Are we rolling with the assessment that Russia was responsible then? I mean it seems likely but I'm reluctant to take anything like this at face value, particularly post-Iraq. It's worked out pretty nicely for May given she now has an external enemy less contentious than the EU to unite the people against and if she handles it well it'll give her image a big boost.
The assassination attempt itself seems remarkably sloppy, particularly in comparison to Litvinenko and the other rumoured killings.