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Like an annoying, immature classroom troublemaker acting out for attention, ignoring them will make them go away.
Russia is now smaller than Bangladesh in population.
It ranks with Africa in corruption by Transparency International.
And has been eclipsed by Venezuela in oil production.
And leads the world in alcoholism and cirrhosis.
And is the only industrialized country with a DECLINING life expectancy.
And has lost about a dozen client states and lucrative arms customers since the Arab Spring Revolutions began.
Its navy cannot leave port because of dangers of seafaring and incompetence.
And has lots of useless nuclear weapons that are expensive to maintain, and terminal in use.
Is the European nation most threatened by Militant Islam and Mid East Instability.
And is now a Oil Rich Sheikdom Dictatorship that happens to speak a Slavic language, practices orthodox Christianity and drink vodka.
The oil affluence allows bad government to hold on to power...but like the Arab Spring demonstrates, the foundations are unstable.
It is a missile defense system, is NATO trying to convince the Russians that the defence system will work just against Iranian missiles? That they will just let the Russians ones through?
And the Russains must know that their vehement opposition to a defence system only strengthens the case for one.
Russia could have a great future, too bad it is run by a stupid Dictator.
The country is like so many, run by a few rich greedy people that could not care less about 'the man on the street'!
Take a look at the globe, and try and find the shortest way between Russia (anywhere in Russia) and the USA. Then remember that the missile defence is located in Europe.
I usually agree with KAL's position, but this time I cannot. Why should Russia just trust the Americans and NATO that their missile defence is only directed at Iran? Ironically, I found the outburst of denial to be more poignant than Putin.
Cannons or butter, this may sound a dove-like naive choice but it is still a true dilemma, though smoothed by the US dollar role as international currency.
There are no more serious American enemies, America has won the Cold War against the USSR and China. Will such missile system stop the bank speculators, the fundamentalist Muslim terrorists or the nearing climatic instabilities associated to global warming, denied by other brand of anti-Science fundamentalists?
If it is deemed essential for America to stop outrageous dictators or, generally speaking, bad guys (such as those in North Korea, Syria, Sudan, or such as the Talibans, Kadafy, Saddam, Fidel Castro, al-Qaeda) how will these missiles do the job? Will they stop Russia from invading Georgia?
These missiles (useful during the Cold War but now a sort of Maginot line on the Vistula) are themselves part of a huge military burden on the American budget, and this burden seems to be one of the real problems of America. Like the Maginot, they also seem to be useless, except for the companies that manufacture them.
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The US also has a declining life expectancy, thanks to its ridiculous healthcare system.
The very fact that missiles dont need to point in any direction, they are facing the sky is being overlooked in the simplistic analysis of this picture. Being worried about Irans missiles and not the Russian missiles is like being worried about Godzilla's baby and not Godzilla itself.
Well, to be fair to Russia, population isn't exactly a reliable indicator of power. Indonesia is the fourth most populous country in the world, but no one ranks it as a significant power.
Possibly because the US isn't asking for trust, the Cartoon is a simplistic way of telling Russia, look at the facts.
That missle defence system has been acknowledged by Russia's outgoing president in a speech made I believe earlier today, as giving an 'illusionary sense of security' that it can protect against Russia's nuclear might, indicating the world knows that thing isn't going to impair Russia's ability to blow up the globe.
Btw, The real Russia Missile Defence Crieterion are on the US Aegis class cruisers on the high seas.
Good one, Kal!
You've brought out the paranoia quite well...
I believe that the Russians have every right not to believe, Just because NATO has now got new bold targets does not mean, they would no longer target the old ones.
Very silly cartoon, those missiles are not made to point at anyone, they are meant to act as a shield; and yes they can be used as a shield against Russia also.
i think i am way too dumb to make sense or even find humor in your cartoons... no offense to you
You guys are so selfish & stupid yourself...!
China owns less than 7% of US sovereign debt. It doesn't "basically own us".
As for economic potential, there is that issue of China's less than superb demographic prospects. Its cheap manufacturing advantage is already slipping away (mostly due to wage growth). Sure, it'll be able to maintain economic growth, but the way it's been keeping up 9% annual GDP growth isn't sustainable.
In reality, there isn't any #1 global foe. The search for one is pointless.
What you say has some weight, but on the other side of the spectrum, it is one of the fastest growing economies, has a positive balance of trade, has little or no debt, and it's stock market has been one of the highest performing in the last 10 years. It has its problems, but it has its upsides also.
Kal cartoons are for kids. Only they are innocent or ignorant to buy the message.
You obviously don't know which part of Russia Moscow is in.
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