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by Sertorio
Mon Feb 12, 2018 4:47 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1356

Re: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)

There are exceptions, I agree, but in the end the Chechens got a lot of goodies, and a sparkling new capital... I bet they think they got the best deal possible... :D See. It is impossible for you to admit that Russia is a bad guy. Or it will shake your worldview which will cause you mental anguish...
by Sertorio
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:28 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1356

Re: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)

You forget that both China and Russia are very old cultures, and that they have both learned that brute power seldom brings the results one might want. They are not above making their power felt by others, but they tend to do it in a relatively soft manner, which will not humiliate those upon whom ...
by Sertorio
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1356

Re: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)

On the one hand, Sertorio is quite right that the U.S. acts in aggressive ways that would get any other country branded as a rogue state. On the other, his irrational belief that Russia and China are meaningfully different in any way other than inferior ability to project power is baffling. You for...
by Sertorio
Sun Feb 11, 2018 10:09 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1356

Re: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)

Sertorio keeps getting things wrong. I have a theory why. The uinderlying problem is his faith in Socialism. This has poisoned his whole worldview. He has been a life long Socialist/Communist. So during the Cold War, he was rooting for the Soviet Union to win, like so many leftists. Yes, they may d...
by Sertorio
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:12 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Iran
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Iran

Some of you may find interesting the following study on Iranian public opinion, carried out by the Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland (CISSM) & IranPoll: http://www.cissm.umd.edu/sites/default/files/CISSM%20Jan%202018%20Iran%20Results%20and%20Trend%20Tables%20-%20FINAL_0.pdf D...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: The Syria War
Replies: 130
Views: 3312

Re: The Syria War

Syria is a secular, multi-ethnic and multi-religious state, and it should remain so. Russia and Iran, together, are the best chance for Syria to be an open society. Given that neither Russia nor Iran are open societies, that would seem a rather unlikely outcome of their patronage. Russia is a great...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1356

Re: About Putin

Another factor was that wartime allies owed the USA plenty. The two biggest recipients of lend-lease aid were Britain and the USSR. The latter promptly defaulted on its lend-lease debt whilst the former struggled to maintain fiscal solvency whilst still meeting repayment obligations to its creditor...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: The Syria War
Replies: 130
Views: 3312

Re: The Syria War

Syria is a secular, multi-ethnic and multi-religious state, and it should remain so. Russia and Iran, together, are the best chance for Syria to be an open society. Given that neither Russia nor Iran are open societies, that would seem a rather unlikely outcome of their patronage. Russia is a great...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:29 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump Wants Military Parade
Replies: 21
Views: 308

Re: Trump Wants Military Parade

I wish we could teleport the US to one of the moons of Saturn... :D You could have wished only to teleport U.S. policymakers and their partners in the military-industrial complex. But then that wouldn't have been anti-American enough for you. The US is a democracy. Policymakers were elected, and th...
by Sertorio
Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:22 am
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Trump has Putin over a barrel (of oil)
Replies: 131
Views: 1356

Re: About Putin

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