Russia USA - Page 35
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.