The grousing question was, ” Europe is right on Russia’s door step. They have militaries. Why aren’t they stopping Putin ? E.U. doesn’t do squat.”
The answer from BackChannels was —
Stop him . . . where?
From making friends?
From offering Russian passports to Russian speakers whom he may claim to be offering protection?
From spiffing up the nuclear missile silo and two radars in Crimea, Ukraine?
From bombing hospitals in Syria and bulking up his military presence in a space scoured of apparently excess Syrians?
From financing politicians like Marine Le Pen using circuitous routes to do so?
From cultivating like-minded “leaders” who view their states as family businesses and themselves as the best representatives of their national kind?
From playing his “energy card” in Turkey — and in Germany?
From flying nuclear-capable bombers in the Western Hemisphere?
From developing a nuclear missile too erratic and too fast to catch by any known defense system?
From stealing a Superbowl ring?
Bekdil, Burak Ege and Matthew Bodner. “No obliteration: Western arms embargo has little impact on Turkey as it looks east.” Defense News, October 24, 2019.
ANKARA, Turkey, and MOSCOW — A number of Turkey’s NATO allies have suspended arms sales to the country in condemnation of its military incursion into Syria, but analysts and officials are shrugging off the embargo, saying it will have a minimal impact on the military’s operational capabilities.
Several countries, including France, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland, Spain and Germany, imposed arms embargoes against the Turkish government after its troops entered Syria to attack the Kurdish militia, which Turkey views as a terrorist group. Turkey said its military operation, launched Oct. 9, will help create a safe zone in northeastern Syria.https://www.defensenews.com/global/mideast-africa/2019/10/24/no-obliteration-western-arms-embargo-has-little-impact-on-turkey-as-it-looks-east/ – 10/23/2019.