Started by Que, February 20, 2022, 12:59:09 AM
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Quote from: Que on February 20, 2022, 01:46:00 AMUK scraps rich foreign investor visa schemeToo little, too late... The London City has played the role of Switzerland in the previous century: a safe heaven for dirty money and people with dirty hands.
Quote from: vandermolen on February 20, 2022, 02:25:41 AMI think that US retreat from Europe, the chaos at the end of Trump's presidency, the chaos and Anglo-American retreat from Afghanistan and Brexit have all encouraged Putin's expansionist plans. The self-congratulatory NATO response to 'victory' in the Cold War has only antagonised Putin. Putin may have tolerated a puppet state on Russia's borders (as in Byelorussia) but not a democratic one like current Ukraine. Putin will fear the spread on genuine democracy into Russia. I find Boris Johnson's grandstanding and mock-churchillian posturing to be nothing more than an attempt to divert attention away from his incompetent and dishonest leadership.
Quote from: Jo498 on February 20, 2022, 02:34:01 AMThis Swiss/Channel islands/Bahamas/whatever model is easy money for the collaborators. It would have been very easy for powerful countries (like US or even UK, France, Germany if acting together) to stop this long ago (as well as tax havens), but I guess that too many of the powerful people in these powerful western countries also benefit from this. Just another nail in the coffin of our pathetic civilization...
Quote from: Que on February 20, 2022, 12:59:09 AMUkraine: Russia plans biggest war in Europe since 1945 - Boris JohnsonWhile the US was busy fighting the phantoms of 9/11 and subsequently went on a course of political implosion ...
Quote from: k a rl h e nn i ng on February 20, 2022, 02:56:05 AMNot to exonerate the US entirely, but it's worth pointing out that the political implosion in the US was also a goal of Putin's towards which he worked actively.
Quote from: Que on February 20, 2022, 02:36:31 AMIt's sad, but the West has dropped the ball and the geopolitical consequences might be grave.I don't see Putin backing down: the timing is perfect and the risks very limited.
Quote from: Que on February 20, 2022, 03:47:41 AMAs if the annexation of Odessa region wouldn't be a sufficient wake up call for Romania (!), I think Putin next move would be on Moldova....
Quote from: Florestan on February 20, 2022, 07:58:12 AMAnd I think his ultimate target is actually Constantinople. Too much panic and hysteria. There will be no war.
Quote from: Florestan on February 20, 2022, 07:58:12 AMToo much panic and hysteria. There will be no war.
Quote from: Todd on February 20, 2022, 08:06:44 AMThere is war now, just localized to specific regions of Ukraine, purportedly with 14,000+ dead over the past eight years. That can continue, it can expand slightly, it can expand a lot, it can recede - there are multiple options for Russia. There are multiple possible responses for "The West" - not including direct military intervention.
Quote from: Todd on February 20, 2022, 08:06:44 AMThere is war now, just localized to specific regions of Ukraine, purportedly with 14,000+ dead over the past eight years.
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