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Originally posted by saturnine_sweet
There is a big difference between selling arms to an ally and arming rebels.
A better analogy to Iran and the insurgents would be Russia, it's "peacekeepers," and the two breakaway provinces. Supporting an insurgency in a sovereign country is pretty much considered an act of war by said sovereign country and it's allies.
Selling arms to an ally is considered good diplomacy and security, on the other hand.
It's pretty dishonest to make the comparison you made.
Originally posted by Snap
Not surprised at all. Russia could invade just about ANY country and seize a large cache of American weapons. We are the biggest manufacturer and supplier of weapons in the world.
Exports for 2000-2007 in millions of US dollars.
USA - 52,789
Russia - 43,661
EU - 36,140
Military spending in Billions of US dollars.
USA - 528.7 (That is half of the entire planet's military spending)
UK - 59.2
Russia - 34.7
China - 49.5
India - 23.9
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Well, I guess either Israel or the US have not sold Georgia anything too powerful, or Russia's counter attack might not have gone so well. Either that or Georgia was too afraid to use them.
Russian troops detained two cars carrying ammunition via a humanitarian channel into the Georgian breakaway republic of South Ossetia, a senior Russian military official said Saturday.
Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian General Staff, said that on Friday afternoon Russian troops stopped two cars with civilian and military people.
"A gun shot erupted during the inspection as a result of which one car was damaged and the other managed to flee the scene of the incident," he said.
Nogovitsyn said that the damaged car contained 19 grenade launchers and a box with cartridges and grenades.