"What we lack, as Westerners, is imagination. ... The appeasement strategies of the West are not evidence of 'stupidity,' [Robert] Conquest explained. They are evidence of the fact that men lack the scope needed to 'envisage alien minds'. ...Nuclear weapons have already fallen into dangerous hands. ... Russia is the West's most dangerous enemy. Al Qaeda doesn't even rate a distant third. ... History teaches that totalitarian regimes cheat when it comes to arms control. They always have and they always will. Anyone who does not know this, politically speaking, is a child. A nuclear-free planet merely signifies a nuclear-free West", my emphasis, JRN at http://www.financialsense.com/, 18 January 2008.
What don't our politicians understand? I do not feel Russia is an enemy today, however, we should base our military posture only on Russia's military capabilities as opposed to its intentions.