But who are these people we are trying to strongarm.? Historically, the character of Russia doesn't seem to be well learned by western nations. The last wars prove these people can take the most extraordinary abuse and self sacrifice. We seem to assume Russia will act in a typical 'western' pattern, but it never has. Kennedy spent harrowing months finding that out during the missle crises. I wonder if Putin will make up for the lost sales by selling off that (missing) 5 tons of Cesium 137 powder to the highest bidder, and build up arms sales to oppressed nations. On a recent docu the cameraman was taken on a tour of Palestinian streets and was shown the horrid electrical problems the homes were having and the constant outages. He may start studies on a new nuc reactor for Palestine, after first arming them with the latest military hardware, not one for seeing all that work going down the drain by Israeli attacks. The arctic waters debate is another round of sweating we are sure to come up soon, as if our kids need it now. A naval collision sure to be a spark for a potential conflagration.
Meanwhile, we have uninformed and unlearned post baby boomer ministers with no diplomatic experience playing with fire:
"Industry Minister James Moore said the world needs to continue to "stand firm" against Russia, despite the escalation of sanctions".
I wonder when Moore will suggest long overdue sanctions against the US for it's incursion of the USS Vincennes into Iranian waters and shooting down an Iranian airliner with 200 aboard. Or do we add the double standards trait to Canadians as well.
Who was it that said that when you start doing crazy things to nations, you should make sure they're not crazier than you are.