So I’m watching the minute-by-minute updates of Putin’s state of the nation speech on Yandex, and as I expected it is full of delusional bullshit about how sanctions will really help Russia develop(unlike Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Cuba, and every other country that has ever experienced sanctions). He claimed, in spite of all evidence to the contrary, that the sanctions have nothing to do with the annexation of the Crimea when in fact this was the original reason for sanctions in the first place. He went on to claim that the US would use any excuse to put sanctions on Russia, and that the West wants to dismantle the Russian Federation like Yugoslavia. So you know what that means? It’s time for another round of…
INCREDIBLY INCONVENIENT QUESTIONS
Incredibly Inconvenient Questions is the fun new party game where you challenge commonly held beliefs in Russia! Because Kremlin propaganda isn’t meant to be questioned, believers don’t spend too much time wondering as to whether the beliefs they hold are utterly contradictory or mutually exclusive. Help them out by doing the thinking for them. Let’s get ready to play the game!
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Idea 1: There is no good reason for sanctions. The West just wants to destroy Russia!
Why does the West want to destroy Russia?
What would America gain by destroying Russia?
Oil? Why? Is oil really expensive?
Why not just invade or otherwise subjugate Norway? It’s already in NATO ergo according to mainstream Russian views it’s half puppet state already.
Why would a country that was strained to the breaking point militarily because it was trying to maintain order in Iraq and Afghanistan decide that it could invade and successfully occupy the largest nation on Earth?
Idea 2: The US wants the Russian Federation to break up.
What would the US gain from the inevitable civil wars, chaos, and power vacuums that such a break up would cause?
The American economic system is basically based on selling and lending shit to people, often foreigners in other countries. How does losing around 140 million potential consumers advance that system?
American capitalists need places to invest their money. Unstable, basketcase countries don’t make for a good investment climate.
If America wants the Russian Federation to break up, why didn’t it recognize the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria in 1996-2000? Why didn’t they continue to encourage the independence movement in Tatarstan, also extending recognition? They recognized the shit out of former Yugoslav republics from 1991 onward.
If America has some kind of historic goal of destroying Russia, why didn’t they levy sanctions or use other economic levers against Yeltsin in the 90’s, when Russia was so weak? Why not try something in the beginning of Putin’s first term, when he was busy with the second Chechen War?
Idea 3: Sanctions have nothing to do with the Crimea. They just want to destroy Russia
But I thought all these sanctions were helping Russia? Putin and his media hacks have said so numerous times. Why did they keep warning the West that sanctions would be counter-productive and answered in kind if these sanctions are really helpful? Can’t Western experts listen to all these claims, make their own calculations, and then explain to leaders like Obama and Merkel that the sanctions are actually making Russia stronger? Are they just total idiots?
If sanctions help Russia, why do Russian leaders periodically condemn the sanctions and demand that they be removed?
Exactly when and how will these sanctions help Russia? It’s not looking too good so far.
Where is the country in history that benefited from sanctions?
Will Russia’s sanctions on the EU and US help those countries? If not, why not?
Why didn’t the US or EU try to levy sanctions on Russia in 2008 over the war with Georgia? Why not in 2012 due to the crackdown on protesters or Pussy Riot? Why not over Syria in 2013? Why nothing until the annexation of Ukraine?
Have fun asking Kremlin supporters these questions and experiencing their hilarious reactions.