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I noticed on Benno`s the tread about what is happening in Ukraine has been closed to comment, and I understand why. But it got me thinking, our forums and social media are places where ordinary Russians and Ukrainians as well as those of us from the rest of the world can talk to one another, we can hear and let others know what we ordinary folk think and feel, free from political bias of politician's and press. We ordinary folk feel the need to do something to help our democracy loving Ukrainian brothers and sisters, and for most of us those are quite small things, in the big scheme of things individually quite in effective and useless gestures, but in my day to day life I have yet to meet anyone who says "look away or not our problem" , quite the opposite , Germany`s actions have been applauded and I hope the UK and others follow, we all know what happens when dictators are allowed to be the playground bully.
Yes, Bennos have adopted a 'no politics' policy, and that is fair enough. And to be honest, it is 'nice' in these difficult times to retreat to a corner of the internet away from politics.
I think that many Forum members here at Strelets have given a view, and that is good. Let us also remember that a very large number of ordinary Russians are (almost certainly) not in favour of the current conflict; and that some (maybe no that many, but some) Ukranians, in the east of the country anyway, are supportive of the Russian regime.
The names of some of the places being mentioned in the news eg: Kharkiv, Odessa - resonate as the names given to key battles during the 1941-45 conflict between the USSR and Germany. We should have learnt our lessons but appear not to have done.
Let us hope that talks now apparently under-way will move in a positive direction, and that the current high levels of international tension can be relaxed somewhat. We have problems enough in this World to resolve, and a European war cannot help us to do this.
There's a lot to be learned from history, alas it's rarely done. If Prussia had after the war with France 1870/71 not adopted a mentality of "the winner takes it all", it might have avoided being treated in the same way after WWI and perhaps, perhaps that might have avoided the rise of a certain dictator. We'll never know. After the demise of the Soviet Union there was a sort of "the winner takes it all" mentality in the West which did not sit well with many Russians. But of course the roots of the conflict go deeper. You have to go back a very long time to find a century when Russia was not attacked by it's neighbours or it's neighbours neighbours, Mongols, Swedes, French, Germans to name but a few. Not exactly an experience to beget a trustfull relationship with your neighbours. And as a consequence it has a long tradition of surrounding itself with weak, semisubsidary nations as buffers. The fate of empires it seems, Rome did the same. Which in turn did not exactly encourage amicable relations between these nations and Russia. So it's a complicated world, with a sort of paranoia and deep rooted mistrust between neighbours, which unfortunately has sound historical reasons. And the fact that this seems to have been ignored and action today is still driven by the selfsame fears and prejudices and resulting in the regress to the same old means of bullying those who do not follow suit into submission could just make you think, that neither the age of reason nor that of enlightenment have ever happened. Fear, ignorance and dreams of lost grandeur however can never be an excuse.
credo, ahimè che per un anno o due non vedremo nei nostri negozi i prodotti strelets red box orion e forse anche le linear-a che credo fossero tutte prodotte in Ucraina.... spero almeno le idee e gli stampi dei master continuino ad essere creati fino a che nuovamente ricomici la produzione e successivamente il commercio.... che questo orrore finisca presto e trovino un modo per risolvere le loro questioni politico-economiche.... forza ragazzi della strelets!!! io ho appena acquistato tutte le scatole possibili della guerra di sucessione spagnola e le ultime tre napoleoniche e sono tutte fantastiche....
Let's hope the people of Strelet's and Red Box and their loved ones will come out of this well and alive, as well well as everybody else who has been pulled into in this quagmire of madness against their will - everything else can eventually be rebuild.
Assolutamente concordo con te al 100% !!!
An absolute amen to Alan's words. We all share a passion for plastic soldiers, but I am certain that none of us wish to see a return to the wars and mentality of the former centuries. I am acting in support of my country, the United States, never again turning its back on NATO and the other countries of the world. These past few years have been a stunning reminder of how much influence single individuals with a power mania can have on the fate of humanity, and how important it is for the majority of us to join together to resist the maniacs of this world. My constant thoughts and hopes are for the people of Ukraine. They deserve the right to have their country be what they want it to be.
Yes no room for politics But my 2 cents worth NATO = No Action Only Talk Slava Ukrayini !!!!