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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The other important reason why the Russian invasion of Ukraine would be interesting to watch is the logistics and the equipment maintenance have been largely outsourced to various oligarchs. We have...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    I was saying I wish Putin would do it.

    Somebody else (Costin_Razvan) was convinced it would happen.

    Well, Putin still has some time left before August is over, but I'm afraid he'll disappoint...
  3. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    The main proponents of the "Aircraft Carrier" theory and of Maior (SRI) or Melescanu (SIE) as future presidents are mostly the journalists affiliated with "Realitatea TV" and "Adevarul" Media Group. ...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Strong economic sanctions are enough to cause a regime change in Russia.

    The GDP of the Soviet Union represented 50% of that of the USA, and still the West had managed to see the Soviet Union...
  5. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    You must have a very short memory if you don't remember the corruption before 2004. All the oligarchs we have today made their fortune prior to 2004 and all of them were robbing the country blind...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    What exactly is the relevance of a post made by one of the members of the Russian troll farm?!

    The article on the other hand is interesting because it assumes Angela Merkel would ask the Ukrainian...
  7. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    I think by the next parliamentary elections (2016) many of the politicians at national level and at country level would be in jail. They will be replaced most likely by businessmen who made [most...
  8. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    They will quite likely enjoy each other's company behind bars sometime next year.


    I meant that more in terms of a stable and prosperous democracy.

    But a modern "Silk Road" might come into...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The reason the Ukrainians have increased the age limit of the reservists is to keep the "Afghans" (veterans from Afghanistan) available for the military.

    Does that mean they are so desperate as to...
  10. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    Tribal elders serve a purpose with whom we Westerners can agree wholeheartedly: to make the life of their tribes better.

    They of course pursue their own private goals while attempting to better...
  11. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    How so?

    Gaddafi was sitting on a lot of oil (which means removing him pays off quickly), has been a supporter of anti-Western terrorism and was a certified murderer. It was expected he'll be...
  12. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    Not necessarily. The EU accepted Spain 8 years after the country had become democratic again. NATO accepted Spain even earlier, 4 years after the democratic constitution was approved.

    Ukraine is...
  13. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    You could add Afghanistan to that list ;)

    My assertion is that in the absence of an "all encompassing" master plan (covering in the same time industry, agriculture, services, security, State...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    How did the Russians end up in "Novorussia"?

    Since it's "Novo" it means they had colonized it. Therefore consider this a long overdue decolonization. Like the ones which have taken place after...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The real reason behind this conflict is Russian imperialism.

    But not for long.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Weapons.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    While the Russian army was securing the southern border, NATO signaled this Sunday it would get more closely involved.

    Until now the Western military technology hasn't yet showed up in Eastern...
  18. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    The EU is one entity.

    The United States is another.

    Since too many cooks spoil the broth, if the EU and the US decide to go in together somewhere, they should decide who leads and who follows....
  19. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    Here is a quite comprehensive material about the security issues in 4 provinces in Afghanistan. Those 4 provinces were studied because according to the authors they exemplify the 4 typical...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The last time NATO panicked that way 15,000 Russians ended up in body bags, 10,000 were permanently crippled and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

    Those are the official Soviet figures, meaning we...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    NATO has announced that it would respond militarily to any attempt to organize an "uprising of the Russian minority" in any of the member countries, or to the presence of unmarked "insurgents".
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  22. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    I'll start with the alleged problem that a free market economy in Afghanistan would automatically mean Afghanistan would be flooded with better and cheaper products than what the local Afghan...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Each university was teaching in Russian the key topics. So a Tajik or Moldovan or Estonian could get a university degree in Russian in his republic. That should have solved the issue of...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    The Russians were by far the largest ethnic group of the Soviet Union (51% of the Soviet Union's population if memory serves me).

    But that doesn't mean the Russians held half of the key positions...
  25. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    Syria is next. Maybe we won't botch it there.
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    The re-stating is apparently necessary because of the "Afghanistan is different" and "Afghans are lazy" "rebuttals".

    Nope.

    You need a rural, war-torn, illiterate country (like Romania was in...
  27. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    @I WUB PUGS:

    Point 1 in the OP says that it takes 20 years before a truly visible change can be noticed. In the 19th year it looks like 19 years have been totally wasted. So if the decision is...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Repeating the same lie put in circulation by Putin's troll farms won't make it true.

    Nor would it have any impact on the outcome of the battles in Eastern Ukraine.

    Nor would it cause the...
  29. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    Humm, let's see?

    Did anybody bother to dust-off the "protected villages"/"strategic hamlets" concept? It failed in Vietnam because it was implemented in a sloppy way, cutting corners and speeding...
  30. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    Let's say I am not a complete stranger when it comes to nowadays Afghanistan.

    Beside, did you know that in 1948, when the communists took power in Romania, 82% of the Romanian population was both...
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    Re: If Macedonians aren't Bulgarian then what?

    Kekaumenos mentions them in his Strategikon (1078), which predates the Latin rule in Thessaly by 128 years.

    Ana Comenna mentions the "Dacian invasions" happening at about the same time Kekaumenos...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Gee, I can think of several scenarios:

    1) 1917 variant - the inept oligarchy drags the country into a disastrous war and reaps the consequences. Rest assured the West has plenty of Russians...
  33. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    The big part missing from Iraq and Afghanistan is what the EU is doing in the new member states: financing the rebuilding of those countries. Not aid, but co-financing.

    What is the difference? ...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    How about a much profitable scenario:

    Get the whole Ukraine in NATO and the EU, Crimea included?

    Since getting Crimea back implies Russia has imploded, that would also solve the issue of...
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    That promise would be up to Ukraine to make.

    From NATO's point of view, Putin has made their job easy by turning the Ukrainian public opinion in favor of NATO membership.
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    Re: Orban wants to build 'illiberal state'

    In the particular case of Mr. Orban, he's making all sorts of provocative speeches when he visits Romania. The last one might cost him access from now on.

    But that not what I was referring to.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    Looking at what the West is doing to Russia (and that's just the beginning) it doesn't seem the "loophole" has worked, counselor.
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    Re: Ukraine and Russia Developments. Version 2.

    How about the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Partnership between the Russian Federation and Ukraine signed in 1997 and the Harkiv Pact (the "Gas for Naval Base" treaty) still valid when the...
  39. Re: The "Aircraft Carrier Theory" or how reforms can really happen - with practical applications for Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc

    My example says exactly that:

    If for a country like Romania it takes 20 years to make things work, Iraq or Afghanistan would require at least that much time and effort invested, if not more. ...
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    Re: Orban wants to build 'illiberal state'

    That tells a lot about your way of thinking, my good sir.
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