"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
Crimea is illegally occupied by Russia
But grabbing land is also quite natural to his reflex repertoire. The Russians have been an an aggressively expansive imperial power for centuries and he trained in the old school.
PS: Merkel is following her own career goals. But it is true that the German people are very badly educated in international security studies and that this could be a real world problem.
Well if these pics are indeed russian military in ukraine as we speak, it looks like they aren't waiting for an 'excuse'. I don't know what to make of its authenticity, but everything russia has done to this point is completely insane to me.
It's like these warmongering assholes learned nothing from the cuban missile crisis. A serious invasion would compel the rest of europe to get involved directly, unless those leaders want to just cross their fingers that putin isn't such an egomaniac as to invade their countries as well
All i have to say re: the OP is it's a damn good thing cheyney and bush II aren't in charge here now
Russia is being barbaric now, and some kind of response is warranted, like it or not, else you wouldn't see this last ditch effort by the french/germans to avoid getting involved themselves. Even sweden is talking of reviving their "selective service" after recent russian aggression in the baltic
Whenever the corporately owned news sources start banging on the war drum with images of a supposedly "barbaric" enemy trying to subvert democracy and capitalism, it sounds a loud warning bell with me that someone here is lying through their teeth.
This conflict was caused by NATO, the US and the EU attempting to expand into the Ukraine. While I may not agree with Putin on many things, as a head of state, he has every right to feel threatened by this expansion so close to his border. Analysis: NATO expansion at heart of Ukraine crisis.
that hardly necessitates or excuses war leading to 5000 deaths, which a russian general took credit for instigating. It is certainly not an act of self defense, not even close.
btw, i couldn't give a rat's ass about democracy or capitalism. It's the needless aggression that stands out