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Russia: Bringing Back The Bad Old Days
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February 18, 2010: Efforts to negotiate a new nuclear weapons treaty (to replace the one that expired last December), are stalemated over Russian insistence that the U.S. promise to not install any anti-missile systems anywhere that could possibly intercept Russian ballistic missiles. The U.S. refuses to make such a promise, partly because, missile defenses against Iran or North Korea would also be capable of intercepting Russian missiles. Russia reacted with considerable hostility when Romania recently announced willingness to host American anti-ballistic missile systems. Romania, like most East European nations, likes the idea of shooting down Russian ballistic missiles.

Russia has become the largest supplier of weapons to South America. The U.S. had long been the main provider, but the United States is reluctant to participate in the sharp growth (over fifty percent in the last five years) in military spending down south. Russia arms sales, suffering from loss of business with long time major customers India and China, have been getting a lot of new business from Arab nations, as well as South America.

February 16, 2010: Russia and Abkhazia announced that a Russian military base would be built in Abkhazia. Last year, Russia took over border security in South Ossetia (population 50,000) and  Abkhazia (population 200,000), two areas formerly part of Georgia. Last year, these two ethnic separatist areas have declared themselves independent, but they have actually become part of Russia. Georgia has a population of 4.6 million, and a hostile  relationship (going back centuries) with Russia. Now Georgia has to live with the fact that Russia annexed six percent of its population and territory, and no one can do anything about it. This annoys the UN, as Russia has, in effect, taken two provinces from neighboring Georgia, and gotten away with it.

February 15, 2010: Chechen Islamic terrorist leader Doku Umarov announced that attacks will be moved from the Caucasus to the rest of Russia. This is not as scary as it sounds, as the Chechen Islamic terrorists have been trying to move their violence outside the Caucasus, and succeeded a few times, but counter-terror efforts have prevented any attacks in the last five years, and that doesn't seem likely to change.

February 14, 2010: The government unexpectedly announced that its long (about two years) delayed delivery of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems should go forward. Iran complained recently, and said it had built its own systems (which was another way of saying the Chinese had sold them systems based on stolen S-300 technology). Israel and the West have been pressuring Russia not to deliver the S-300s.

In Dagestan, someone fired on a police vehicle, killing two policemen.

February 12, 2010: In Igusetia, police attacked an Islamic terrorist hideout, and killed 18 terror suspects.

February 11, 2010: Vietnam signed a contract to buy twelve more Su-30 jet fighters. Vietnam is becoming a client state for Russia, in part to obtain a military ally for potential clashes with traditional foe China.

February 5, 2010: In the Caucasus, at least sixteen people (police, terrorists and civilians) died in Islamic terrorist violence in the last week. One of the dead was an Egyptian al Qaeda leader, Makhmoud Mokhammed Shaaban.

February 2, 2010: The website of a major independent newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, was attacked. It was believed that pro-government hackers were responsible, as part of a broader effort to stifle anti-government media.

January 31, 2010: Police arrested over a hundred of the thousands of demonstrators who appeared in Moscow and St Petersburg, to protest the growing police state practices of the government. Authorities refuse to grant permits for such demonstrations.

January 30, 2010: Russia and Japan are arguing over the justification of Russian Coast Guard helicopters firing on two Japanese fishing boats last week. There were no injuries, but at least twenty bullet holes were found in the boats. The two countries disagree exactly where the boats were (near four disputed islands). Russia insists the boats were in Russian waters illegally, the Japanese disagree.

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v4real    Lets not kid ourselves   2/18/2010 10:18:00 AM
You and I both know that the US and NATO are encircling the Russian territory and stablishing bases in countries in the middle east and over 200 bases in Afghanistan. Not to mention missile interceptors that we both know are not really to protect us from Iran, but only to eventually achieve nuclear supremacy over Russia. We push our weight around the world and go brandishing our military might in their backyard, but somehow it is Russia bringing back the 'bad old days' if you really see it this way you need a serious reality check, not to mention a lesson in rational and logical thinking. I suggest you try to put the US in Russia's place and ask yourselves how the US would react. 
 
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WarNerd       2/18/2010 2:48:18 PM

You and I both know that the US and NATO are encircling the Russian territory and stablishing bases in countries in the middle east and over 200 bases in Afghanistan.

The world is a sphere, Russia could control all the rest of the world and still say that we were 'encircling them'.  I also did not know that platoon and company size combat outposts in Afghanistan constituted a threat to Russia.  Is your military truly that pathetic?

Not to mention missile interceptors that we both know are not really to protect us from Iran, but only to eventually achieve nuclear supremacy over Russia.
Given the current level of performance we would need an average of 3 interceptors for every Russian ICBM, and there would still be leakers.  We would also need many more ABM bases and radars (not just military bases) to supply all round coverage, the 'over the pole' route is still mostly wide open.  Even then they would not be of much use against depressed trajectory missiles like the 9K720 Iskander in Europe. 
 
Besides, doesn't Russia claim that the S-500 and S-1000 have ABM capabilities?  Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black to me.
We push our weight around the world and go brandishing our military might in their backyard, but somehow it is Russia bringing back the 'bad old days' if you really see it this way you need a serious reality check, not to mention a lesson in rational and logical thinking. I suggest you try to put the US in Russia's place and ask yourselves how the US would react. 

Where would you suggest we put a system to defend Europe from Iranian nuclear blackmail, or the US from North Korea?  And would Russia really want to see the revival of militarism in Japan that would result of a successful nuclear attack from North Korea?  You are not even our main enemy anymore, though you are still probably still the most dangerous of our potential opponents.
 
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Nichevo    v4 as if   2/18/2010 8:57:24 PM
Oh, bite me Ivan.  If you had the brains or the power to do this and more you would, and if we didn't like it you'd laugh your stinking vodka breath in our faces.  It's not like you deserve better.  Neither from your evil history nor from present cooperation.  My people were Russian a hundred years back, but the stories they tell don't indicate what whiners you are.  Tebya ne ebut, ti ne podmakhivai!
 
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butch       2/20/2010 4:36:34 PM
It is impossible to construct ABM system in Europe and to write on it "it only for protection against the Korean rockets". It is ridiculous. The system will have certain technical characteristics. Can be in the long term can force down all those some the Russian rockets which have escaped after sudden first blow. What will be if to place the Russian rockets on Cuba with a huge beautiful inscription "only for destruction of space asteroids"?
 
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Babeouf    Yanks go home.   2/21/2010 8:55:45 AM
Now that the Cold War is over a growing number of European countries want the American nukes removed.
European governments are creating their own GPS system. And are capable of building their own ABM systems.
The advatage of this for the European states is to break the link that ties Europes fate to the Fate of the American Empire.
The American political  elites have no apparent capacity for evaluating their material limitations. Perhaps this has been rotten by  Religious metaphysics  or unending flag fetishism(when you talk to them do they ever answer back?). In any case it makes a hard landing for the Empire more likely than not. When Europe finally builds its own ABM system the leading European states will be Germany, Russia  and France.
 
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warpig       2/21/2010 11:53:43 AM
OMG!  Feel free to get started any decade now.  Until then, at least be thankful we're here and we're willing to sacrifice for those who can't.
 
"Son, we live in a world that has walls.  And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.  Who's gonna do it?  You?...  [M]y existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives.  You don't want the truth.  Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall.  You need me on that wall.  We use words like honor, code, loyalty, we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something.  You use them as a punchline.  I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it!  I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way.  Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post."
 
 
 
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Babeouf    Pick up your rockets and go   2/21/2010 1:34:37 PM
Warpig that's the problem your understanding of the world comes from movies.  Your rockets serve your Empire and increasingly the people in Europe want to see the back of both. Here in Europe where we have been both Empires and  colonies the problems  of the American Empire are transparent. You want to order your country on the basis of a Hollywood movie. Do so. Just leave other countries free to make their choices. Empires are not incomprehensible nor is the psychology of their servants.
 
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FJV       2/21/2010 2:08:29 PM
Nato is expanding into Eastern Europe, even though it is not a good idea IMHO.
 
The fact that the naval bases in Romenia are perfect for cutting off Russian ships leaving the Black Sea is not  a coincidence.
 
PS
Why does posting anything in favor of Russia increase the number of  Russian bride advertisments?
 
 
 
 
 
 
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warpig       2/21/2010 5:44:25 PM

Warpig that's the problem your understanding of the world comes from movies.  Your rockets serve your Empire and increasingly the people in Europe want to see the back of both. Here in Europe where we have been both Empires and  colonies the problems  of the American Empire are transparent. You want to order your country on the basis of a Hollywood movie. Do so. Just leave other countries free to make their choices. Empires are not incomprehensible nor is the psychology of their servants.



 
 
Pretty clearly you have no idea of what my understanding, whatever it may be, of the world is based on.  First off, I would be happier than you if America left Europe and NATO at least 15years ago.  We spent way too much keeping Europe free back when there potentially was a threat (even though Europe could have defended itself just fine even if it didn't have Uncle Sugar to hide behind).  Since 1990 there has been no sufficiently good reason for us to spend what we have on maintaining any US forces in Europe.  I couldn't care less if we did or did not put ABMs in eastern Europe, because I coldn't care less if America protected western Europe from Iranian missiles.  However, another part of my understanding of the world is that when it comes to accepting US basing of ABMs in Poland, or Slovakia, or Bulgaria, or anywhere else, it seems to me like the decision to do so should be up to the people of Poland, or Slovakia, or Bulgaria, or wherever they are going in, and it's not for anyone else to decide if those countries want US help.  Really, if most of the people of France (for example) decided they didn't want to see US ABMs in Bulgaria, I would hope the French government would let us know that, and that we would then install a software patch that let any IRBMs through our defense if we could tell they were headed for France.  After all, whatever system we do put in wherever we put it, it will be limited in the number of ready ABM missiles it can fire before reloading, so it seems like a good idea to me to conserve ammo for use against only the incoming missiles that are actually a threat to the area we are trying to defend.
 
 
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Nocturne       2/21/2010 6:03:01 PM
"Here in Europe where we ..." here in Europe there is no we. Return anexed territories to Georgia, stop screwing with gas supplies, quit playing empire.Then we talk. We can have personal friendships, trade..but no love on political level. You are the ones on the different side of the barricades and who still refuse to come out and join the rest of the Europe. ..
 
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