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    Re: Donít Fear the "Russian" Military, the country is in no position to wage a real conflict.

    Quote Originally Posted by Westphalian View Post
    We've seen some extreme and foolish arrogance in this thread.

    But that's okay. You under-estimate your enemy. In Russian military school we learn never to do that because it's fatal.

    Russia is not a threat to anyone, unless it is attacked. In which case whoever attacks us will die, including the US. But hey, believe in your own invincibility if you wish.
    Did Ukraine attack Russia? I must have missed it.

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    Re: Donít Fear the "Russian" Military, the country is in no position to wage a real conflict.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fledermaus View Post
    How about Permafrost war?
    Fledermaus is getting close to the correct answer. Remove the word "frost" and substitute 'forever, in place of "perma" and you're there.

    Forever-war.

    Militarism and militarists have somehow successfully convinced too many of us that any act by a foreign person, organisation or state which inconveniences our elites like offering effective economic competition or attempting to influence world opinion or not harmonising their property laws with ours or even offering economic development opportunities in less developed parts of the world which we declare to be off-limits to them can be interpreted as a hostile act and thus can be considered an act of near-war or an actual act of war. We as civilian-citizens swallow this polarising crap and then allow our sons and daughters to lose their lives, their health, thier minds and their souls while fighting covertly or overtly in the service of this forever-war.

    But who does this constant state of war benefit? Very likely not you, and certainly not me. It paupers tax coffers by spending more of our ever increasing tax burden on the pursuit of destruction and misery rather than the pursuit of happiness. It balloons national debt, mortgaging our children's' and grandchildrens' futures for more bang today. It starves domestic spending on necessary and socially positive projects. It polarises and poisons international relations thus fostering more conflict. It allows the expansion of a domestic security and surveillance state which in turn progressively extinguishes our personal liberties, freedoms and rights at home. It also poisons our minds and warps our understanding of reality, with both foreign and domestic propaganda, as our brains become just another battlefield on which the forever-war is being waged ad infinitum. Our skulls and their content are the new high-ground in the battle to keep us loyal to the cost, destruction, misery and ruin which our tax dollars are being spent on.

    Transnational militarism is a self-reinforcing feed-back loop and it is the real enemy today, both foreign and domestic. It can be successfully fought by not buying into militarists' Manechean world-view of only us vs. them, unnuanced good vs. bad and the progressive proliferation of militarising the interpretation of all acts by foreign persons, organisations and states as hostile. Don't believe them, argue against them, discredit their arguments and show them up for the shills they are. Starve their backers of the tax dollars and corporate profits which allow them to wage war without our permission inside our own heads.

    To borrow a term from a past popular science-fiction show, forever-war is "fracked" and so are we if we go along with the enabling thinking that permits it to continue 24/7/365 every year. Free your minds, reject the militarist party-line and non-violently struggle for peace by organising and voting to deny militarists the monies and political mandates which they need to keep the very profitable fighting, destruction and reconstruction going. Culture-jam their poisonous and divisive rhetoric and do not now before their authority. They work for you, not the other way around.

    Cheers.
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    Re: Donít Fear the "Russian" Military, the country is in no position to wage a real conflict.

    Errr. The second to last sentence should read,"Culture-jam their poisonous and divisive rhetoric and do not bow before their authority." I can't type to save my life.

    Cheers.
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    Re: Donít Fear the "Russian" Military, the country is in no position to wage a real conflict.

    Quote Originally Posted by Evilroddy View Post
    Errr. The second to last sentence should read,"Culture-jam their poisonous and divisive rhetoric and do not bow before their authority." I can't type to save my life.

    Cheers.
    Evilroddy.
    What is worse is that at first glance I read it as "Culture Club"...

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