Although I can’t say I agree completely with the title of this article,the majority of it is a really good read for the CO. Russia would be a very tough foe for the U.S. in a Conventional War, no doubt, but, with like all of our enemies, it is good to understand their mentality and thought process. I also think the author discounts that there are SOME U.S. Military units just as, if not more crazy than this guy.-SF
By Muravei-s —– Translated from Russian by J.Hawk
I was compelled to write this article because of he above paragraph.
It’s a famous photo. Georgia, August 8, 2008. After the Georgian army’s defeat, its retreating forces regrouped and decided to return to Gori, but encountered a Russian checkpoint.
One can see on the photo how a Russian Army soldier, with a machine gun slung over his shoulder, stands in the path of Georgia’s motorized infantry, whose officers threatened the machine-gunner in order to force him to let them pass, only to hear “go fuck yourselves” in response. Members of the media accompanying the column also tried to reason with the machine-gunner, only to receive the same response. In the end the column turned around and returned to whence it came. Foreign journalists later published an article with the title “You don’t need 300, one is enough.”
What was the soldier thinking? What did he feel at that moment? Was he not terrified? He probably was. Or maybe he was not hoping to have children and grandchildren, or to live a long happy life. Of course he hoped to.
Can you imagine a NATO soldier standing like that, with a machine-gun against an enemy column? I can’t. They value their lives too much. So what makes us so? Why are we Russians different? And why do foreigners consider us unpredictable madmen?
Photographs from other places visited by our soldiers flashed before my eyes. The Slatina airport, the famous forced march of our paratroopers into Pristina, to help our brothers, the Serbs. 200 Russian paratroops against NATO soldiers. What did they feel, standing face to face with superior opposing forces? I think they felt what our little soldier in Georgia did.
Donbass, Novorossia, 2014. Aleksandr Skriabin died as a hero, attacking a tank with grenades. He was 54 years old, he worked at the Talovsk coal mine as an equipment installer. He left behind a wife and two daughters. Were his feelings really any different from those experienced by Aleksandr Matrosov, who covered the firing port of a German pillbox with his own body?
The core of the matter lies not in fearlessness, or indifference to what’s most valuable to us—our own lives. Then in what? I started to look for answers. Is there another nation which loves life and everything related to it as desperately?
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