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originally posted by: CJCrawley
a reply to: Gyo01
Howcome when war breaks out we let them ally with us but when it's relatively peaceful they are called monsters basically.
I take it you are referring to WW2?
Well, we had a common enemy in Nazi Germany...but the Russians weren't exactly the white knights themselves. They invaded and occupied several countries...Finland, Poland, Romania, couple others. It's just that Nazi Germany was worse, and when it invaded Russia, the allies had to gallantly come to the rescue.
Except not quite.
Truth is, it put the allies in a bit of a quandary. Nazi Germany, bad guys, no doubt. But wait a minute...Russia, bad guys too, the biggest country on Earth, and a potential threat to us all. Why don't we sit back for a while, let them knock holes out of each other and see what happens? And that's exactly what Stalin accused the allies of doing.
Or Great Britain, to be precise. Russia never forgot that and never forgave Britain for not doing more (not that they gave a rat's arse when Britain was being stuffed by the Luftwaffe. In fact at the time, they had a Non Aggression Treaty with Germany, "don't attack us and we wont attack you" sort of thing).
Remind me again when Russia was allies with the West? Memory's not that great these days.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: Gyo01
Well when Russia invades other countries and actively tries to subvert Western Democracy on a regular basis then they KIND of earn that ire. If we were to just roll over and ignore Russia's transgressions for the sake of normalizing relationships then we'd ultimately be the abused in an abusive relationship.