posted on Aug, 16 2003 @ 04:24 PM
I'll admit that Russia has great potential to be a world power, but in order for that to happen some drastic changes need to occur.
But as for Russia's number of tanks and firepower, I think that both Gulf wars proved what happens when Russian built tanks face off with American
tanks. The sheer numbers of Russian tanks are impressive on paper, but it seems to be that an American M1 Abrams is more than a match for the Russian
During the cold war, the Russians concentrated on numbers where the U.S. concentrated on unit quality. Which is more powerful: 1000 conscipts or 500
volunteers? But to be fair, Russia did produce an excellent assault rifle and the guns on their latest model tanks are nothing to laugh at.
In the end though, essential ingredients to a powerful military are high morale and fighting spirit of an all-volunteer army. Without these, even the
worlds largest army equipped with the best weapons money can buy will rarely emerge victorious.
And as for the Canadian military being laughed at...I'd do some research before laughing at them. Last time I checked, the Canadian armed forces has
in it's arsenal a lot of American and British military hardware. Plus their troops and pilots appear to be pretty well trained. I could be incorrect
on some of these points...but I think I'm right. If anyone here from Canada could share some insight on the armed forces there..I'd be greatly