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b_b  ·  745 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Feb 22, 2022: "Putin is about to start the most senseless war in history"

    During Putin’s rule, Russia has offered nothing to European countries to make NATO membership unattractive for them.

Definitely don't need the "during Putin" qualifier here. One stat that should be more widely known is that during the years of the Marshall Plan, the US poured about the same amount of money into its allies as the USSR took from its own allies. While the US was busy financing factories in the Rhineland, Stalin had his people literally dismantling and transporting industrial infrastructure back to Mother Russia. Both strategies were ultimately defensive, but fuckin hell if you wouldn't rather be on the side of the government who thinks that building shit to prevent another apocalyptic war is better than breaking shit to prevent another apocalyptic war.

I recently read Journey into the Land of the Zeks, and oh boy if you want a depressing read that really, really countermands this essayist's interpretation of WWII as Russia "literally saving the world", then I highly recommend it. I do not recommend it if you want something to lift your spirits. I'm no fan of Reagan, but Evil Empire was and remains as apt a description of the USSR (and it's current iteration) as there ever was.

I gave some money to Ukraine via the link that necroptosis provided. And I've made it clear to my friend in Congress that I won't give her a red cent this year if she votes in any way to curb support to Ukraine. But beyond those immeasurably small contributions, I'm not sure what the fuck else to do. I feel like we've done some decent things as a country, but have been really lacking elsewhere (e.g. 100,000 refugees? we can do better). I know we're all afraid of Russian nukes, but aren't they afraid of ours? Dollars-to-donuts that despite the nominal weapon counts, the US has vast nuclear superiority to Russia, and I'm certain Vlad is aware of that fact.

kleinbl00  ·  745 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    The largest recipient of Marshall Plan money was the United Kingdom (receiving about 50% of the total), but the enormous cost that Britain incurred through the "Lend-Lease" scheme was not fully re-paid to the US until 2006. The next highest contributions went to France (8%) and West Germany (12%). Some eighteen European countries received Plan benefits. Although offered participation, the Soviet Union refused Plan benefits, and also blocked benefits to Eastern Bloc countries, such as Romania and Poland.

I don't want a depressing read, although i definitely gravitate toward them. Fortunately for me that's not an audiobook so I'm saved.

I've been throwing money at Aid for Ukraine because they're local. I discussed my Javelin missile idea with a buddy who pointed out that not only does the government have more liquidity for offensive weaponry, they also rarely pay rack rate.

Germany can do better.

kleinbl00  ·  745 days ago  ·  link  ·