posted on May, 20 2010 @ 06:57 AM
reply to post by illusive man
The Chinese have their eyes set north too, but on Siberia. China has some stability issues though that will have to be addressed by the time Russia
weakens from its population implosion. If China is not careful it will find itself imploding with India and Japan rushing in to grab the pieces.
Most of Russia's dwindling population is west of the Urals though, which is the part the nations in the Middle East would go after.
People tend to forget that at one time Turkey controlled the Balkans and land on the northern side of the Black Sea. Persia controlled the Caucasus.
This all changed in the 1800s with the expansion of the Russian empire.
All three groups, Persians, Arabs, and Turks, all have Greater empire concepts. Not united though, before they turn north one of them will end up
dominating the others. My money is on the Turks.
I would not be surprised to see Russia launch nukes in the event of such an invasion, but by the time it happens anti missile systems will have
rendered the threat of Russian ballistic missiles kaput. Thats if the missiles even launch or the warheads arm.
Keep in mind this isn't going to happen anytime soon. Russia is still quite powerful at the moment, but 30 to 40 years from now is a whole different
story. The Soviet generation that Putin is part of will be feeble or dead. A new post Soviet generation will be running the country, while the world
is suffering from the effects of financial and economic ruin. It will be a very different world than the one we live in now.