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To: Dundee
In fairness to Putin, he's in a wretched position. Russia is literally dying. From a population peak in 1992 of 148 million, it will be down to below 130 million by 2015 and thereafter dropping to perhaps 50 or 60 million by the end of the century

This is an old story I read in the Atlantic Monthly years ago, I think by Robert Kaplan if I remember right.

Predicting the future that far out is plain silly. All it takes is one inspirational leader to turn a country on a dime.

The left over commies are a drag on Russia. I don't expect any of them acquired a work ethic since Glastnos and Perestroika. Once the commies die out, and that capitalism shows that it rewards those that work, I think the downward spiral in Russia sill stop. Given its natural resources and intellectual capital, it may even rise up as the strongman of Eurasia.

Steyn is also silly to think Islam is going to carve up Russia. The whole of Islam still can't rid itself of 6,000,000 or so Jews.

31 posted on 10/30/2005 12:17:16 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (Some say what's good for others, the others make the goods; it's the meddlers against the peddlers)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts
This is an old story I read in the Atlantic Monthly years ago, I think by Robert Kaplan if I remember right.
Predicting the future that far out is plain silly. All it takes is one inspirational leader to turn a country on a dime.
The left over commies are a drag on Russia. I don't expect any of them acquired a work ethic since Glastnos and Perestroika. Once the commies die out, and that capitalism shows that it rewards those that work, I think the downward spiral in Russia sill stop. Given its natural resources and intellectual capital, it may even rise up as the strongman of Eurasia.
Steyn is also silly to think Islam is going to carve up Russia. The whole of Islam still can't rid itself of 6,000,000 or so Jews.

Good analysis.

I think it will take Russia AT LEAST three generations to recover from Communism. It's taking the Germans more time too. Everyone expected the Germans to recover zip-bang because, well, because they are Germans. Lol. No matter what the Germans do, it will never be enough, soon enough or good enough. That is the anti-Germanism we have in this country.

But the ravages of communism linger for, imho, at least three generations, no matter who was under its heinous heel.

131 posted on 10/31/2005 8:32:58 AM PST by starfish923 ( Socrates: It is never right to do wrong.)
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