Monday, 17 April 2017

Fun Online Polls: Russia/Syria & North Korea

The results to last week's Fun Online Poll were as follows:

Should the G7 impose further sanctions on Russia because of Assad's nerve gas attack in Syria?

Yes - 7%
No - 93%

Good, I was with the majority on that.

There was some scepticism in the comments as to whether Assad's regime was behind the attack and whether there was actually a nerve gas attack. I would add, even if there was and Assad's forces were behind it, how are the Russians to blame (the people as opposed to Putin) and even if Putin were somehow to blame, what difference would it make, apart from pushing up our domestic gas prices and making Putin even more delusional?

Thanks to all 81 who took part.
This week, let's stick with the big issues.

"How would you prefer Donald Trump to deal with North Korea?"

Vote here or use the widget in the sidebar.


DBC Reed said...

Brilliant: it is 100 years since the start of the Russian Revolution and our intellectual and ruling elites still haven't come to terms with Communism. Armadas and nuclear stand offs , all very Cuban Missile Crisis#2 .There should be some way of working out compatible economic systems.

Mark Wadsworth said...

DBC, north Korea is not an economic system in any meaningful sense of the phrase.

Bayard said...

DBC, "our intellectual and ruling elites" are never going to come to terms with Communism unless they become Communist. Otherwise Communism means change and change means they are no longer in charge, there'll be a new elite.

Mike W said...

Sent to me in error last night.

To: Commader US Battlegroup,Korea.

cc: To all captians in carrier group.

Re US stage show: Codename: The old ones are the best ones

Right. Which one of you lot wants to 'practice' the USS Maddox role this time?

D Trump

Mark Wadsworth said...

B, Putin was the old boss (KGB and dictatorship) and the new boss (rampant rentierism and dictatorship). There wasn't even a change in the oppressing class, it's the same people using new excuses. And North Korea is the opposite of change, it is completely ossified.

MW, I am baffled, although the reference to USS Maddox makes sense (I had to Google it though).

Bayard said...

MW, I meant the introduction of Communism to a previously non-Communist state means change (Russia, early C20th, China, Korea mid C20th), i.e. the elite don't want the little people getting the idea that they can change things. Even though things won't change for the little people, it usually means change for the elite.