posted on May, 19 2006 @ 04:27 PM
As far as Ceaucescu (and his wife) being shot for refusing to abdicate on orders from the Russkies, (as reported in the article) that is an
interesting idea; however, there was a FRONTLINE special on the Ceacescus, and they made a pretty convincing argument that he and his wife were hauled
off, "tried", and executed so quickly because the level of corruption was so deep in the Romanian government.
The Ceaucescus were so widely and deeply hated by the Romanians that it was a convenient thing to haul them off and kill them before they could stand
an open trial and point fingers at others.
To me this just seems like a more realistic explanation, and involves less spookery...
As far as Chechnya goes...my understanding (based only on media reports and what I can find on the web or in print) suggests that Russia is having a
pretty rough time with corruption, drug use, and alcohol related issues in Chechnya.
Not to mention that they haven't exactly "won" there...
I suppose it can help educate the Russian military in command and control issues, as well as exposing "untried" soldiers to the reality of war, ala
the "scorched earth" variety.
But the war they are fighting there now is primarily against a "non-conventional" force, and I believe that most of the equipment they are up
against is of Russian manufacture...with the possible exception of some Stingers...not something they are likely to face in a "World War III" type
just my $.02
[edit on 5/19/2006 by apocalypticon]