posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 12:29 PM
reply to post by mrsdudara
You cannot compare the US to the issues facing Ukraine/ Russia. 1) They have a significantly longer history of relations than even the existence of
the US...a couple of times over. Making things just that much more complicated through their shared histories. Also there is not REAL
internal/external conflict of national identity within or around the US - ie, Canada does not want to break away from US influence (although it would
be nice). Although Mexicans most certainly want to be in the US for jobs/ better quality of life, but that again is not anything like what Russia/
Ukraine are dealing with.
2) Ukraine is not JUST a former state of the USSR. Ukraine is essentially where Russia was born out of. One could not be what they are without the
other and vice versa. Ukraine and Russia, in a post-soviet world, are most definitely encountering an national identity crisis. Again painting the
picture of a very long, twisted and tangled history of relations between these two nations. Put outside influences into that pot and you have what we
are now witnessing. One way or another this is all inevitable since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
The troops may indeed, as you say - not fight - disobey their orders. However, troops tend to be brainwashed to one level or another and tend to be
religious (nationalistic) zealots when you raise the flag they are sworn to protect. I'm not trying to over simplify, discredit or insult military
personnel, but they do/are supposed to act in accordance to orders - very cut and dry, which makes them effective fighting forces. That said, they are
still human and still know, sometimes, when to draw a line. History doesn't exactly have a lot of examples of this happening though.
So I highly doubt that Russian troops won't do as they are told. And I highly doubt that the same goes for Ukrainian troops. Tensions are, to say the
least, quite high in the region.
Side Note: For all of those not familiar with flight-sim's, the "Lock On: Modern Air Combat" series of fighter combat "games" - most definitely more
of a sim than a game - has been using the Black Sea region (and specifically this scenario of Ukr vs Rus) for the scenery of operations in their games
since they began development back in the early 90's under the original game title "Flanker" (NATO designation of the Russian made Su-27 fighter jet).
Interestingly enough, the game has been designed by Russians and Ukrainians.
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