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    Sweden Brings Back The Draft Due To Fears About Russia

    GOTLAND, Sweden — Late last year, Christer Stoltz, chief of contingency planning for Gotland, Sweden’s largest island, got an unusual letter from the central government in Stockholm, telling him to get ready for war.

    Municipalities around the country should “increase their ability to resist an armed attack against Sweden from a qualified opponent,” the letter from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency said.

    The planning was also intended to respond to natural disasters, oil spills or cyberattacks that could disrupt power and water supplies. But there is no doubt that the Swedish authorities are nervous, given Russia’s more assertive posture and the mounting uncertainties about the future of Europe’s alliance with the United States.

    On Thursday, the government announced that mandatory military service — abolished in 2010 — would be introduced starting next year. Four thousand men and women will be drafted into the defense forces.

    If not quite returning to a war footing, Sweden is at least reviving a level of preparedness that many thought had gone the way of the Cold War. “For two decades, our contingency planning was low,” Mr. Stoltz said in a recent interview. “Now, we need to look at our plans.”
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    Holy shit.

    Whaca think?
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    They realized they cant count on the US to honor its commitments while the Orange God is in power, they better be prepared for the worst.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    They only stopped conscription in 2010. So I guess its not too shocking. Wonder what the parents think?
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    That was seven years ago. You can't ignore the fact that they thought it was good idea to bring it back.

    I doubt the parents have an issue with it with Russian breathing down their necks on the other side of narrow Finland.
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    Enough with this fucking paranoia.

    The inter-Slavic squabbling in Dombass has ZERO to do with Scandinavia. Russia has no intention of attacking or invading Sweden. To what end? What would be the point?

    Whatever goals Putin has, they do not involve or affect any country outside ex-USSR. That's for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Enough with this fucking paranoia.

    The inter-Slavic squabbling in Dombass has ZERO to do with Scandinavia. Russia has no intention of attacking or invading Sweden. To what end? What would be the point?

    Whatever goals Putin has, they do not involve or affect any country outside ex-USSR. That's for sure.
    The world is scared of Russia, that must make Putin delighted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Enough with this fucking paranoia.

    The inter-Slavic squabbling in Dombass has ZERO to do with Scandinavia. Russia has no intention of attacking or invading Sweden. To what end? What would be the point?

    Whatever goals Putin has, they do not involve or affect any country outside ex-USSR. That's for sure.
    There's a very popular movie right now on Netflix, about Russia invading Norway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Enough with this fucking paranoia.

    The inter-Slavic squabbling in Dombass has ZERO to do with Scandinavia. Russia has no intention of attacking or invading Sweden. To what end? What would be the point?

    Whatever goals Putin has, they do not involve or affect any country outside ex-USSR. That's for sure.
    Why is Russia fighting in the ME, then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    Why is Russia fighting in the ME, then?
    Probably the same reason we are. We don't have goals to take over the ME do we?
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    @Madeline

    The port, Tartus, is one reason.

    And, to defend Assad, a Russian ally. Not necessarily for the sake of Assad himself, per se, but to protect Putin's own reputation at home.

    See, when the West took down Qaddafi in Libya, another good Russian ally, and Putin not only did not say anything, but Russia VOTED FOR IT in the UN, that was a big blow to his ratings among Russians. There were some not nice things whispered on the streets, very negative comparisons to how Yeltsin stood by as America and NATO destroyed little brotherly Serbia in the 90s. In short, people thought he was a weakling and a coward. In Russia, it is very not good, for a ruler, when people think of you that way. Brute force rules there, strength is the only thing Russians respect. So, when the West decided, now, to go after Assad, Putin had to show strength, as he also did in Crimea, to retain the respect of his people...
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