http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... clear.html
A lot of state-sponsored extremist posturing in Russia, most frighteningly involving images and threats of nuclear war. Moscow has turned up the anti-West propaganda to the point where about 42% of Russians allegedly believe that the USA and Russia are mortal enemies. There is allegedly a belief in Russia that the West is using the Ukraine as a stepping stone to invade Russia itself.... Ordinary Russians are actually becoming convinced that nuclear weapons might be the answer.
“Of course I don’t want an atomic war with the West,” said Yegor Denisov, a twentysomething computer programmer. “But we have to defend ourselves from our enemies. And this,” he said, gesturing at the ballistic missile on his newly bought T-shirt, “will help us do that.”
Aside from talking about a jaw-dropping amount of disinformation, lack of factual information and impartial reporting in Russia, such as Putin's announcement that a “Nato legion” is fighting alongside the Ukrainian army", (can you imagine the logistical nightmare that a 'NATO legion' would involve!), it is also interesting to see the hysterical levels that the Russian media are whipping themselves up to;
During the era of political romanticism, the Soviet Union pledged never to use nuclear weapons first,” Kiselyov told the audience of Vesti Nedeli, his current affairs show, one of the country’s most widely watched programmes. “But Russia’s current military doctrine does not.” He paused briefly for effect. “No more illusions.”
Last spring, as Washington warned of sanctions over Russia’s seizure of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea, Kiselyov boasted about his country’s fearsome nuclear arsenal. “Russia is the only country in the world realistically capable of turning the US into radioactive ash,” he declared.
Is it perhaps time to cancel the war and just order an extra-large container of straight-jackets, treating the current Moscow leadership as you would any other dangerous lunatics?