Yes, it's our petty reply to their petty actions. That said, the lines of communication are still open. We are closing satellite offices, which aren't used for diplomacy anyway. They are used for cultural outreach. Oh, and these satellite offices are where most of their spies work. Diplomacy is mostly conducted out of the D.C. Embassy.
Russia has gotten so powerful now that if we went to war with them I don't think we would win then again with the kind of weapons being used no one will win.
International Level: New Activist / Political Participation: 24 2.4%
It will probably be easier for Russia to sacrifice her own than others would just look at how they handled WW II.
International Level: New Activist / Political Participation: 25 2.5%
A social media campaign calling itself "Blacktivist" and linked to the Russian government used both Facebook and Twitter in an apparent attempt to amplify racial tensions during the US presidential election, two sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN. The accounts are part of a cache being handed over to Congress in the coming days.
Both "Blacktivist" accounts regularly shared content intended to stoke outrage. "Black people should wake up as soon as possible," one post on the Twitter account read. "Black families are divided and destroyed by mass incarceration and death of black men," another read. The accounts also posted videos of police violence against African Americans.
The "Blacktivist" accounts provide further evidence that Russian-backed social media accounts saw racial tensions as something to be exploited to achieve the broader Russian goal of dividing Americans and creating chaos in US politics during a campaign in which race repeatedly became an issue. Ref. CNN.
In my personal opinion: I not only think that Russia isn't as bad as people think, but I also think that if the USA and the Russian Federation were to join hands we could solve a lot of issues in the world. I remember seeing a speech by Putin where he called for a world where the US was not the unilateral enforcer, and I'm sympathetic to that point of view.
For one, I don't believe that we should be "World cop". Yes, terrible things happen all over the world, but too many politicians use that excuse to enact their own visions over sovereign nations. We wasted trillions of dollars in Iraq, lost thousands of lives, had a multitude more injured - and what did we get out of it? A further destabilized Middle East, the Islamic world hating the West even more? And I get that there were probably a lot of good intentions, but the trouble here is that good intentions don't automatically mean good results. Especially in a region so far removed from the USA that most people don't even know the names of the major cities, let alone the intricate nature of what's happening over there.
Re-enter that speech: in that speech Putin called for a multi-lateral world where the biggest powers in the region that a given catastrophe in in would bare the burden of righting things. Now, obviously I wish we had all of the political and financial capital to make everything rainbows and butterflies in the world, but we just don't. So we absolutely have to start delegating to other nations that we might not agree with 100%. And that's OK, because the alternative is that we will collapse in on ourselves like all empires historically always do.
I absolutely agree with you. We should only send the military into places where we have absolute strategic interests or a very solid entrance and exit plan. Somalia, although with great intentions was a fiasco. The food we brought there barely got distributed. It was mostly used for leverage by the warlords. And the warlords and famine remained when we left. In Iraq we were fooled by Saddam's campaign to make people think he had the weapons he didn't have. He did that to keep Iran from invading Iraq. It really wasn't for any altruistic reason.
We really don't need to be the police of the world, nor should we be. In truth, we should help by being the best we can be, a moral compass if you will, but a silent compass more often than not. Telling other countries how to act and what is good or not good for them only breeds their contempt for our way of life. I mean, wouldn't you start to hate your neighbor if they came over every night and told you how their way of life was superior to yours so you should start doing what they do. Sounds kind of demeaning, no?
Ninja, exactly. This idea that we've got to bring democracy to the world is ridiculous to me. For one, we're not a democracy ourselves. More importantly though, such a major system change has to be won solely by the people of that society. If we bomb them into submission, they will not love the system we install - it only worked in Japan and Germany because that war was so costly in lives, material, and on the human spirit. If it's not something that they pay for, be it in blood or social capital (Preferably the latter), then why should they value it? They didn't earn it then - and they're not betraying their fallen by turning away from that system.
And you're completely right. Other nations, countries, and empires - be they good, or bad, are still sovereign territories. I don't approve of a lot of places on the planet, but that's still their own land and their society. You make a good analogy there - I am not a proponent of gun control, for example. I hate it when some British person tells me that I should support gun confiscation, just because they did. Even if they mean it with good intentions, I am free to make my own decision and vote my conscience. The difference here is that Britain as a whole no longer has the power to invade us at will and force us to give up our firearms. That would sap us of our sovereignty, and that's what we do to other nations when we constantly but into their business - even if it's with good intentions.
Anyways, to get back to Russia. I think it's high time that both sides stop viewing each other as adversaries. We've got far more in common than many other countries, and Communism is long over. I can see why Russia feels threatened by the West, given our encroachment into their sphere of influence over the last several decades, and it's that encroachment that caused the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.
We break from Russia vs USA to share interesting fact from yesteryear:
Today is: 21st February (GMT), in history on the 21st of February, 1953 AD the following event happened:
F Crick and J Watson discover structure of DNA-molecule