Russia Is Becoming Awfully Comfortable with Nuclear War
by Joshua Krause, The Daily Sheeple
After emerging from his 11 day disappearing act, Putin marked the occasion with several provocative moves. For starters, he ordered 40,000 troops in Western and Northern Russia to be on full alert for a “readiness exercise.” Obviously, it’s nothing of the sort. As in most militaries, the generals don’t need permission to conduct training exercises. They probably do that on a regular basis. But if the orders come from the top, they take on a different meaning. In this case, putting his military on full alert is his way of letting the West know that he is in fact, still in command after his mysterious hiatus.
But the news of this readiness exercise was quickly dwarfed by his public revelation of what was going on behind the scenes last year, when Russian forces annexed the Crimean Peninsula.
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia was ready to bring its nuclear weapons into a state of alert during last year’s tensions over the Crimean Peninsula and the overthrow of Ukraine’s president, President Vladimir Putin said in remarks aired on Sunday.
Putin also expanded on a previous admission that the well-armed forces in unmarked uniforms who took control of Ukrainian military facilities in Crimea were Russian soldiers.
Putin’s comments, in a documentary being shown on state TV, highlight the extent to which alarm spread in Russia in the weeks following Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s ouster in February 2014 after months of street protests that turned increasingly violent…
…In the documentary, which marks a year since the referendum, Putin says of the nuclear preparedness, “We were ready to do this … (Crimea) is our historical territory. Russian people live there. They were in danger. We cannot abandon them.”
This is probably one of the biggest stories that isn’t being talked about. Granted, there’s been a few segments in the mainstream press, but there hasn’t been nearly enough attention to match the gravity of the situation. Putin basically said that he was prepared to engage in a nuclear war over the revolution in Ukraine. That’s a pretty heavy statement.
This says a lot about the mentality of the Russian state. To the West, it would make sense for them to press the red button if missiles were headed for Moscow or if foreign troops were pouring over their borders. But they don’t understand why Russia is prepared to go to war for their neighbors.
They seem to have forgotten why the Soviet Union was hell-bent on controlling so many Eastern European nations. It wasn’t just about building an empire. Between Napoleon and Hitler, the Russians know how easy it is for massive armies to invade into their country. Terrain wise, it’s a very simple endeavor. The only thing that can stop an invasion is sheer manpower. All those satellite nations were built up to act as a military buffer to the West; to create a gauntlet of hostile forces for any would-be invader.
The West either doesn’t understand or doesn’t care about this fact. Trying to install a Western backed government on Russia’s border is tantamount to dropping paratroopers on the Kremlin. Right or wrong, that’s how the Russians will treat it, because they believe that an incursion of any kind against their neighbors is a slippery slope towards an incursion against their own borders.
And Putin’s nuclear rhetoric should have American leaders reconsidering their aggression towards the former Soviet nation. There’s a reason why Putin is so blasé about the whole thing. He wants us to know (or at least believe) that he won’t give a second thought about using nukes. In all likelihood, the Russian military is not equipped to go toe to toe with NATO on a conventional battlefield. If they were, the subject of nukes would never come up.
So you have the West on one side, trying to work their way into Russia’s sphere of influence, so that they may encircle them with conventional forces, and you have a nuclear armed Russia that lacks the ability to sufficiently fight them with conventional forces (at least, not without incurring massive casualties).
In fact, Russia is beginning to treat conventional warfare as obsolete. When the EU proposed building a new European army, a member of the Russian state Duma replied “in the nuclear age extra armies do not provide any additional security. But they surely can play a provocative role.”
The United States is playing with fire here. All the Russians have left is their nuclear deterrent, so over the years they’ve grown comfortable with the idea of using it. They know what will happen if they lose their “buffer” states. It always ends with them losing millions of their own citizens. So what’s the difference if they all die in a protracted ground war, or if they die instantly from nuclear hell fire?
It’s time for the United States to back off, and realize that they’re out of their league. They’re dealing with a nation that, historically speaking, is very intimate massive casualties. For Russia, nuclear war is just another piece on the war board, which is something the West will never understand.