posted on Aug, 13 2014 @ 09:25 PM
a reply to: Aloysius the Gaul
Exactly - every NATO nation bar the US has actually been spending less than the required minimum under the Alliance rules, even the UK - it is only
since the Russian's began playing silly buggers that there have been calls to up spending back to the minimum 2% of GDP.
What Russia has done has actually galvanised NATO into treating them as a threat - the latest SDR in the UK assumed there would be no major "state on
state" action ever again and led to our Military begin re-structuring into a rapid reaction force meant to counter non-state threats - NATO is not
ready for war.
That said, Russia would still be biting off more than it could chew by taking on this weakened NATO. Outnumbered in every department and in each of
those it is outclassed by technology and training. Don't forget, prior to both World Wars, the UK had a tiny Army and was not prepared in any way for
War - we still got the job done though.
I also find it quite annoying the "pro-Russia" crowd harp on about this "humanitarian disaster" and act as if Russia is being all caring, but
completely ignore the brutality by which Russia put down it's own internal rebellions.
Where was the concern for civilians then? Where were the outcries when civilians where being summarily executed by Russian forces? Where were the
complaints about the use of ballistic missiles in Chechnya and Georgia?
And as for the continued use of the "Nazi regime" or "Junta" to describe Kiev - grrrrrrr - it just smacks of blatant dishonesty.
Bloody hypocrites, the lot of them...