Does Russia need a War?- Was it a bird? Was it a plane? It was something shot down by Ukraine.
Russia has been one antagonist turning into a protagonist for quite some time now. Starting with the Syria and Assad issue, where the supplying of weapons turned back onto the United States when the videos of beheading and killings released and ending with Mr. Putin coming out essentially as Mr. Bond, while sorting a deal with Assad regarding the Chemical weapons. So how does this happen exactly, how do the Russians turn it all around in their favour?
If we go a few decades back, the Soviet held quite some power. From technology, to economy, to vodka and women. They had everything. What happened then? You see war is a stimulus, which leads an economy in two ways, one would be the production that it ignites. Everyone sees a boom, economy expands while production reaches its heights. The economy runs on adrenaline, like an engine fired with fresh coal. Creating more of everything and less of everything which is actually needed by the commoners. Now after the World War II ended, the Soviet for a very long time, throughout the cold war lied so brilliantly about their production and economy that they themselves couldn't find the problems. You see, you lead a lie for too long and it becomes your reality. This is what happened to them, but it did not change the fact that they were hollow from the inside.
When the bubble burst all hell broke loose, we saw the economy crumbling and the Soviet Union disintegrating into small pieces and this ended the great Union and left the United States as the undefeated champion.
You see, after both the world wars the Germans always stood up. Tall and high as they could. The Russians did the same thing but the disintegration broke the spirits of the Soviet somewhat. This is the second ingredient that a war infuses, patriotism. This tool cannot be bought with money or accumulated by force. This is the heart, which pumps all the adrenaline. The economy, the markets, the sentiments, everything works on this one emotion and this is what died in the Soviet with the end of the cold war. Everything could be bought off in Russia and this was and still is a big problem which hinders growth.
After 9/11 when the United States went knocking on certain country gates, providing them with freedom and democracy in containers of flesh and blood and started destroying quite some parts of our well settled world. Their failure to successfully portray the ponzi scheme of monetizing the whole process of destruction by the United States army and reconstruction be American companies, in good light led to a belief that in any case if there is a fight, the smaller country is the oppressed and bigger one is the oppressor. Now this theory was applied to the whole Crimea issue as well. My point is not to justify what Russia is doing, my point is to show that this is another stereotype that the United States created after the whole Islamophobia it created.
The next incident is why I wrote this article.
Everyone criticized the Russians for doing what they have been doing according to this new definition, being the oppressor. The Russians did what they could to turn it around, planted personnel, carried out missions to show protest, rigged referendums and still when this did not work out, providing Russia as the same old villain everywhere. The Russians decided on a plan B, if I am correct they planted a personnel in Ukraine or supplied false information about the Malaysian plane carrying something important to Russia. The attack took place, the people died. Now the sentiment will shift as the same way it did towards the Americans after 9/11 (Which a lot of people believe, was planned) and now you have a perfectly smoked steak to dig into and rip apart. Russia now, has reason to go charge. A war in need, is a war indeed.
Shaping sentiments since forever.