croesius: "After the collapse of the USSR, Transdniester, a strip of land sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine, declared its independence from Moldova. A brief civil war followed in 1992, eventually ending in an awkward stalemate.In its 23-year existence, Transdniester has not been recognised by any other nation on the planet. Even Russia, which has stationed about 1,000 soldiers there since the end of the civil war, has failed to recognise it."So the nation that broke away from Moldova 23 years ago, and wants to be part of Russia, might become part of Russia?[img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 353x132]
TheGregiss: The Russians need lebensraum.
TheGregiss: Some asshole said I was a Neocon for opposing Putin's military expansion.Am I still a Neocon for thinking Putin is a bad guy with expansionist aims?
verbaltoxin: It's okay, we actually know how to find land wars in Europe.
BigNumber12: redmid17: BigNumber12: spawn73: Kinda like Bratislava in Eurotrip.Ugh, we've done two two-week trips based around Vienna, and came SO CLOSE to doing a day-trip to Bratislava, just for kicks. Would have been interesting at the very least.My dad was in Dublin for business and took a quick roundtrip flight to Bratislava for 40-50 bucks on Ryanair after bumping back his normal return flight. He only spent a few hours there. He just wanted to say he did it. Crazy part is he had to pretty much leave Dublin right after he got back from Bratislava.Hah, I'd say that the whole thing is "the crazy part."
JSTACAT: AngryDragon:Except they have to go through what's left of Ukraine to get there. You know who else wanted to reunite land that had been separated from them 23 years earlier? Actually, kinda eerie that the timelines match up.[i.imgur.com image 850x549]Interesting, if some map makers had been smart, and cutoff Poland's upraised finger of land & give to the Germans... a world war might have been averted.Poland should have done the needful, and moved aside.... by voting.Russia is getting the needful done, by -Voting-With Voters like these, who needs an army?"I'm ready to live in a tent, but I'm not ready to submit to the West, to dance to their tune," said Viktor Rudko, a 43-year-old miner.Voters.
Sammichless: That is what I've been saying in these threads.Some people seem so concerned that Putin is the world's next Hitler..... They don't seem to realize that Russia is not even close to being a military threat to the West. His land grabs in nations that aren't allied with NATO may (or arguably may not) be helping strengthen Russia.But, even if Russia is benefitting from their aggression..... the West STILL has nothing to fear from Russia. They command 9.5% of the World's military strength (a number that is pumped up by using conscripted soldiers in their military)..... NATO commands 70% of the World's military strength.
ArkPanda: Infernalist: CleanAndPure: TheGregiss: The Russians need lebensraum.They have that in abundance... this isn't Germany where 20 people have to live in the area of a sardine can.Each Russian has 20 national parks in his back yard. Huge country...Russia doesn't need breathing room, it needs a buffer zone.Russians have some ingrained terror of being invaded. Especially by Germany. And to the Russian mind, the best way to keep themselves safe is to put as much room between themselves and their enemies. That's why they had the Iron Curtain and the Soviet Bloc nations as a big buffer zone between them and NATO.That's why they freak out when their neighbors want to get cozy and comfy with the West. They see no buffer between them and enemy armies bearing down on Moscow.And the EU and NATO (which according to them should have dissolved when the Soviet Union did) have been steadily expanding to the east for 20 years."They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here!"
croesius: So the nation that broke away from Moldova 23 years ago, and wants to be part of Russia, might become part of Russia?
sweetmelissa31: Moldova is a total sh*thole- it's the poorest country in Europe and was ranked the unhappiest country in the world. Men have to move to other countries to find jobs, and many of the women are used for human trafficking. I'd rather be part of Russia too.
Pattuq: That old woman is by far not the only person in former Soviet states who prays for the return of communism and the USSR. It is a sentiment widely held by, in some cases, majority populations of former member states. Very few areas that were once part of the Union were suddenly improved by its absence, or the absence of communism. A lot of people went from a predictable, livable "poverty" (as described by people who have an abundance of things they don't need) to a chaotic, miserable existence with no certainties, no help and not even an illusion of humanity from the people supposedly leading them. Those with plenty in the West certainly don't give a damn, and the only time these former Soviet states come up in consideration is when they might be used as a tool by an old enemy to gain marginally more territory or power.
CleanAndPure: TheGregiss: The Russians need lebensraum.They have that in abundance... this isn't Germany where 20 people have to live in the area of a sardine can.Each Russian has 20 national parks in his back yard. Huge country...
sweetmelissa31: Men have to move to other countries to find jobs, and many of the women are used for human trafficking
ciberido: verbaltoxin: It's okay, we actually know how to find land wars in Europe.[www.zealoptics.com image 640x480]Relieved to hear it.
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