[SIC] OF THE WEEK! A BANDERA OF LOSERS
Dear War Nerd,
Given the information below - the dates for and sizes of foreign troop presence in Ukraine throughout 2008, when would it be most likely to expect President Medvedev to attack Ukraine. Will the Russians begin from Crimea?
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From: Steve Bandera Date: Fri, May 9, 2008 at 9:53 PM
Subject: 2008 Foreign Troops in UA
Nearly 3,000 foreign troops (2,940) will spend more than three months (142 days) on the territory of Ukraine throughout 2008. But Russia will still maintain the largest foreign troop presence in Ukraine, with its Black Sea Fleet based in Crimea.
Back in April, the Rada approved the multinational list of joint military exercises to be held in Ukraine throughout the year. An April issue of the Army's Narodna Armiya magazine published details of the exercises, including a sample of the modern military hardware Ukrainians will see: 60 light wheeled vehicles, 15 ships, 12 airplanes, 12 helicopters and 2 submarines. This list is far from complete, as details of the armaments and hardware are only provided for 4 of 11 exercises (see second table).
Conspicuously missing from the report are the names, dates and numbers for bilateral air defense exercises with the Rossiyska Federation. So who knows how many Russian airplanes and pilots are in Ukraine at any one time? Not to mention the 25,000 service men of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and its 388 maritime vessels (including 14 submarines).
Dear Mr. Bandera,
Ukraine? What’s that? Isn’t that the mythical land where whores supposedly come from? Look, we’d like to believe that there’s a "The Ukraine" out there just as much as the next john, but we’re a real-world paper dealing with real-world problems. And right now, our problem is that there are so many real-world whores from Lugansk, Krivy Rog, and Zhytomyr, that it’s driving the whore price down here to below-cost prices. How can the Moldavians compete in such a cut-shaft market? Hopefully the WTO will get involved—whore dumping practices like these are exactly the kind of thing that could set off a tariff whore. I guess what I’m trying to get at, Mr. Bandera, is that maybe we should stop gaming various whore scenarios, and instead, start working together to create conditions for long-lasting sluts. That way, all mankind could benefit. Women would lose out badly, but mankind would live in peace and harmony. And really, ladies, isn’t being a slut worth the price of peace? Think about the children. Yes, the children.
Dear War Nerd,
Thanks for your column. I just read the article about Tibet and noticed that you tend to accredite the common vision of buddhism and zen as religions of peace, human brotherhood etc. I was somehow surprised to find this lieu commun in your column, since such assertions, though true for the contemporary, Western, versions of buddhism (did I say 'commercial'?), most probably won't apply to the original, indigenous, buddhism.
Indeed, it looks like buddhism and its zen sect are as belligerous as any other religion, (there were religious wars and prosecutions of non-buddhists communities orchestrated by buddhists, etc). One of the latest and more noticed study of the question (one that goes straight to the point, thus starting a debate within the buddhist and academic circles) is Brian Victoria, Zen at War, Weatherhill, NY and Tokyo, 1st edition 1997.
French expat, Moscow
Dear Monsieur Rouslan,
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