32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
The conquest and occupation of Russia itself is a different question as that is the nuclear threshold. Otherwise, we could war against Russia anywhere else we want to. They can no more use their nuclear weapons than we can.
A simple call to Putin AND other leaders is Russia (Putin is NOT a stand-alone total power in Russia like Stalin was) stating we will not violate Russia borders - but do not count Crimea as it is still UN and USA recognized as Ukraine - and also by the Treaty Russia and the USA have with Ukraine - and that we will not used nuclear or other weapons of mass destruction. But otherwise we are going to attack any and all Russian troops in Crimea?
Putin would go crying to the U.N. If he tried to use nuclear weapons he would likely just be killed by Russian powerhouses. Other than invading each other's countries, we can kill all the Russians we want to try to kill and they can kill all the Americans they want to try to.
I don't urge that course, but we could. What I urge is we put USA troops in Ukraine. Then it would be Putin's decision to go to war against the USA or not. However, Obama has now official given all of Ukraine to Russia.
Given what most people know today...the profound damage caused by "relatively small atomic weapon", a couple of miles or so away from the point of detonation would probably, at the very least, do some serious cremation to everything in the blast range. And I guess that close enough to detonation that the blast would actually evaporate people, places and things.
Again, despite the fear that existed in those days about atomic bombs, I seriously don't recall that kind of devastation hitting home in the minds of most people...especially kids.
I think the reality hit home with me when I was a kid and saw a movie with Mickey Rooney called "The Atomic Kid".
I happen to watch a bit of the destruction of a half-mile wide tornado that came within 2 blocks of our home (in Dallas). I can't remember how many miles that it ran its course. My grandmother finally grabbed me off the front porch, wrapped me in a blanket, put me in our clawfoot bathtub. Our windows were shattered, debris made its way inside our house. And significant size debris was scattered in our yard, along with everybody else's yards along the path. It took us weeks to clean up after that incident and we weren't directly hit. Buildings that were dead in the path of that tornado, and which were similar to school structures at that time, were leveled. I still get a quiver from time to time thinking about that day.
EVERYBODY TODAY knows what the consequences can potentially be. But really, I don't think we really know what atomic weapons are capable of in present time. They can probably make an atomic weapon the size of an iPad that can do the damage done to Japan during WWII. Who knows? All governments lie so much.
Yeah, I'm old school. Russia's threat to the US has been increasing under Putin, and anyone who doesn't believe Russia is a threat to the US now should simply listen to Putin's own words.
Putin knows what he wants. If the US or anyone else gets in the way of what he wants, he will run roughshod right over them or die trying.
So yeah, Russia is a threat.
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"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius