The pervasive dislike and near hatred for Russia by the media and the Pentagon is to me ridiculous, bordering on the absurd. Let’s look at the facts. The only current significantly lethal feature of Russia is their extensive nuclear arsenal. That’s it.
Research reveals the population of the Russian threat is only, take your choice, 144,000,000 or all the way to 154,000,000 people depending on which search engine you use. Their population is a pittance compared to NATO’s nations of 1.2 billion with firmly guarded borders. Russia the largest country in the world has vast areas to secure in cities and communities and enormous wilderness forests and permafrost setting. Russia is easily penetrated as is an unguarded aired balloon.
Economically it is a feeble sister depending largely on the current low prices of oil and natural gas. Life span for the average Rusky is declining by the year because of poor social habits, smoking, alcoholism, and narcotics addiction, and more often than not a decrepit medical care system. Moreover, Russia’s population is composed of 80% native Russian, the remaining are mixed ethnic. What can Russia do in the face of Trumpism and Western panic meddling? Practically nothing.
Most people are pleased the U. S. and its Allies are taking a measured approach to the Syrian gas attack (still alleged) The president should warn Russia and Syria of which facilities will be targeted when the missiles fly in order to avoid casualties. Why waste more human life.
A Second Subject:
Readers, I firmly believe in the one payer government medical program similar to every other advanced industrial country in the world. It is significantly less expensive to manage and it works. So, why not? I know you understand why not. It’s the monopoly of insurance, drugs, and service facilities for copious profit that is hindering legislation.
Herewith is a little known example of a day ago. In the province of British Columbia, Canada a once on duty police officer was badly injured chasing a run away vehicle died while being in a coma for 30 years. The government medical system paid the bill for the hospitalization out of the taxpayer’s kitty for all those years. The huge cost was shared among the public. That is suppose the way the system works and it does, with humanitarian needs transcending corporate profit.
Whether the plug should have been pulled earlier is a moot question I will leave to the medical experts. But these thing happen more than we know.
All the Best to you.