When one joins a group, one surrenders some measure of individuality. Rules change. Pack mentality is different than individual mentality.
It's great when the crowd happens to conform to one's individual preferences, but it doesn't always happen.
I suspect there have been nation states WITHOUT violent protection rackets. Though I've never lived in one.
In a civilized society, the rule of law is supposed to compensate for violent protection rackets, and ideally preclude their existence.
But I'm an idealist.
Nation states are a geopolitical entity that can tie multiple communities into a politically cohesive unit. As we understand them today, they started existing in around the 14th century.
Last edited by Morality Games; 07-19-14 at 03:39 PM.
If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.
First of all from what I understand these are fairly complicated AA systems and takes a while to train someone proficiently on, maybe up to a couple years according to the Russins themselves. Since the conflict hasnt been going on very long I'd eliminate the Rebels. This would leave the Russian Special forces or the Ukrainian Army. Since these are probably fairly expensive equipment along with the trained operators, I doubt the Ukrainian Army would risk losing a unit by moving it to within 25 miles of the Russian border. The few they have are probably guarding ther major cities, airports & military bases. The chances of that AA unit which would have to be moved by a large Truck & getting that close to Russia with Rebels swarming all over the place and not being detected are slim to none. If it was detected and the Ukrainians were busted it would be a PR nightmare for them, probably not worth the risk and probably not worth losing the asset in battle either.
Truth is we don't KNOW whether it's a missile or a bomb like Pan Am 103. STill too soon to know.
Killing one person is murder, killing 100,000 is foreign policy