the Kremlins problem with the West - discuss

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  2. Well its certainly up for debate at the moment. What I see is the foreign secretary being rolled out with great big doe eyes and letters of support from Britains allies. Its no big deal to the Russians of course, they are flexing their muscles and aiming their malcontent at one despised nation at a time, in this case the UK.

    First up they (allegedely) send an assasin into the UK to kill a UK citizen with a substance that had the potential to kill hundreds. This tells me most of what I need to know. The Russians have no regard for Britain or the British people and in one fell swoop (although I accept that the jury will be out untill the killer is apprehended and convicted) my regard for Russia and Russians drops a notch or two. No matter, the Russians don't care about British opinion but I think it illustrates the snowball this current politcal crisis is gathering up.

    I read in the news that yesterday the Russians openly accused the issue of the British Council offices in St Petersburg and Yekaterinburg as being politicised by the British (and deriding them for it) and in the same article admitted that they were doing what they were doing deliberately and for political reasons. This reinforces my view that the Russians think they are more important than the British and that they are entitled to do things that the British are not entitled to do (in their view) within or without Russia. So my opinion of Russia and the Russians drops another notch or two and on it goes.

    At this point I am very glad we have a nuclear deterrent as I think this is what will stop this whole sorry business going too far. That said, at this time, I am of the mind that we should screw the Russians in any way we can. F**k them over as they have f**ked us over, ban them, barr them, obstruct them and be f**king ruthless about it until they get their heads out of the clouds and join the rest of us on planet earth. F**k 'em.

    Its just my opinion though.
  3. 1. They lost an empire - a national humiliation - so will be a bit miffy.

    2. They're paranoid about gas and the West finding alternate supplies.

    3. The US neocons make them mutter into their vodka (quite rightly).

    4. The EU encroaching on their borders makes them depressed.

    5. Self confident China on the other side makes them glum.

    6. US bases ringing them in the former Soviet republics induces Slavic buttock-clenching.

    Looked at like that they've much to feel jumpy about. And they can't even call their neighbours 'capitalist running dogs' at rocket parades any more.

    I welcome a more self-confident, assertive Kremlin to counter-balance the Pentagon. The end of the Cold War was a mixed blessing. If Britain was less close to the US then relations with Russia would improve. It doesn’t help we’re in Afghanistan occupying trenches dug by Soviets to fight the Mujahideen. Again, it's a humiliation for the old guard.
  4. Annakey I agree with everything you said except the bit about being better off if Britain were less close to the US. I'm not saying you're wrong I'm just saying I'm not so sure. The Kremlin's attitude seems to be rather more minty and dismissive and I think that if we did anything at all to placate (see appease) them, it might just make their attitude toward us even worse. I still say f**k them.

    We can't trust them in trade or politics so f**k them. F**k the doe eyes and the letters of support, we've got to get ruthless and hard nosed. My only worry with that is that I do not think this British government is capable of standing up to anybody and that is the crux of this matter IMO. The Russians can see that this British government is weak willed and weak minded. They can see the British armed forces being systematically stripped of investment and that is why we are a target for them at the moment, we are open season for them.
  5. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    Well, put, but I too disagree about the Britain thing. I'm grumpy that we lost an empire, I'm fed up with US dominance, worried about a resurgent infuencial Russia, worried how China, being on the up will, will affect our profitability, and TBH, would much rather that Britain was the preeminent power in Europe again, if not, the world. All these big countries going capitalist, and succeeding makes the UK pot smaller.
  6. I'm not interested at all in Britain being the pre-eminent anything I just want us to be fighting out own corner and that of our allies effectively, without poodling up to anybody else. Currently this is not happening.

    But even mr.Goldfarb (apparently quite biased toward Kremlin) thinks (or at least thought) that

  8. msr

    msr LE

    Capitalism is not a zero sum game. There is no reason why we should not grow richer as they do.

  9. msr

    msr LE

  10. The Russian psyche is traditionally paranoid and that has been a constant theme throughout the various ideological epochs, hence the need for expanded borders as a buffer-zone to protect Rodina. It amused me when the Cold War ended that so many people seemed to be of the opinion that Russia had been tamed and that we'd never hear a peep from her again.

    Whilst I don't agree with many of the methods used (but then I take issue with many of the methods used by other countries) by Russia's leaders, I have always respected the Russian survivalist mentality.
  11. Article in the Times today that has relevance to this thread. Apart from the usual posturing on the missile defence shield an interesting part in it was the comment on "increasing conventional forces";

    As DB says above, is this further evidence of a resurgent (paranoid)Rodina and its untamed survivalist mentality?
  12. That certainly seems to be Gordie's hope.

    Russia seems to have exhibited institutional paranoia toward 'the different' at every stage in its history. Like Dozy, I didn't see any reason why the collapse of Communism would change this.

    The key indicator for me is the attitude, brought up by Tazzers, of "we can do it, 'coz it's us - but it's wrong and evil if you do it, 'coz you're not". A playground mentality if ever there was one, but not one restricted to Russians.
  13. Agreed. For Britain to de-couple from the US, destroy the special relationship, cease to be a land-locked US aircraft carrier and listening post on Europe's northern boundary, and move to a genuinely independent nuke system not reliant on Yank targeting satellites or technicians, would be to throw a brick in the pond. It's impossible to work out beforehand exactly what would happen once the ripples ceased.

    The answer (guaranteed to make UKIP members gobble like turkeys)? Gradual British de-coupling from the US combined with the gradual increase in defence co-operation with Yerp.

    With everyone so fed-up with Blair’s adventures - from peacenik lefties to Blimps muttering “Churchill would never have been a Bush poodle!” - now’s the time to start that process.

    Will Brown do it? Arguably he’s started with Iraq troop withdrawals, but there’s a long way to go. I’ve not read the new EU treaty but presumably the federalist-militarists kept their options open in the small print?
  14. What a fantastic idea! Let's bring back the good ol' days of nuclear saber-ratteling, assymetric wars that kill millions and ruin the lives of millions more, and the simple pleasure of building a fallout shelter with your dad.

    Exactly how would the Kremlin 'counter-balance' the Pentagon in a way that could be considered remotely beneficial for the rest of the world?
  15. Since the Berlin wall collapsed, and particularly since 9/11, the US as sole superpower has been free to bully it's way across the globe. The neocons wrap it up in highfalutin language - full spectrum dominance - but they mean, basically, the perceived right of US corporations to secure resources anywhere in the world without interference, which they can buy cheap and sell expensive, backed by military force should anyone decline to cooperate, e.g. Sadam, in key areas e.g. oil.

    I don't know about you, but I'm not too keen on bullies, those who believe might = right. Free marketers - up to and including libertarian capitalists or market anarchists (of whom there are a number on this site) - should agree with me that the free market - global free trade - is skewed if one power infects world markets in this manner.

    The obvious answer is for another power: aggressive, nuclear-tipped, occupying a large land mass, to stick two fingers up at the US and demand that interests other than those of US citizens are also taken into account when carving up world resources.

    As the US is a bully, raw force will be required to make the US start co-operating with the rest of the globe - acting mulilaterally not unilaterally - and in a civilized manner. Russia, with it’s historic cold war enmity towards the US, is the obvious choice for such a role. I’d certainly prefer Russia did it rather than China, while the EU (my first choice) still has no unified military command structure with control of nuclear weapons.

    So, to answer your question directly:

    1. Bringing a bully to heal. Replacing the doctrine of ‘Might = Right’ with ‘Might = Justice.’

    2. Establishing a level playing field in world markets, e.g. re-introducing, as far as possible, free trade.

    Which of those objectives do you find offensive? Do you favour bullies or mafia-type world trade practices?