One small historical parallel. During the 30’s FM Litvinov spearheaded a move for an alliance against Hitler. When they saw that the West was not going to come to the party and they were not ready to go to war Stalin changed FM and Molotov signed the nazi-Soviet Pact to buy time.
Unfortunately when June, 1941 came and Germany invaded Stalin went into denial and depression for several crucial days. He refused to accept intell that told him the nazis were ready to invade.
There is no doubt that Stalin was every bit the strategist that Putin is and yet see....
It’s not something to criticise in my mind but represents the conundrum of a Russia that has been brilliant at putting liited resources to good effect but is not in a position to fight a war in Syria and another on its own borders if the imperialists open a second front in Ukraine or the Baltics.
It is a predicament for the nation that is only recovering from the disasters of the 1990’s and is no longer the super Power that can take on the Empire in a direct confrontation.
Damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
Where have I heard that before?
#OPINION: Trump in my opinion (and with the backing now of similar opinions from US and European officials and diplomats) will withdraw from the JCPOA (Iran Nuclear Deal) tomorrow and tensions I believe may go sky high, if not worse (especially with Israel)
#BREAKING: Lebanese Army now patrolling streets of Beirut according to Turkish media