"the Russian military will do nothing, those boys cant even find their car keys. They couldnt even prevail over a weak Georgian military, or Chenchens.
All Russia really is now, is a mineral extraction state ruled by a very powerful "mafia" cabal."..Niel
Putin just committed 800 BILLION to the defense budget, more than ever before.[ probably equal that amount secretly ] Russia has more active NUKES embedded on land and sea than any other country singularly other than the USA; hundreds..today.
They are actively engaged in massive secret war games with China as an ally. [ also for the first time in history ] Why? I think they are preparing for a war with the west, and because of the oil factor, and the bulk of it belonging to Islam, they have made a covenant with Iran, and with not so veiled threats to declare their solidarity with them.
"As far as Chechens are concerned, Many welcome the Islamic revival after nearly two decades of vicious war against Russian troops in which an estimated 200,000 Chechens were killed. For the younger Chechens, Islam is becoming the cornerstone of identity, replacing horrors they saw as refugees living in tents and abandoned supermarkets in neighboring republics of Dagestan and Ingushetia."......http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/story/2012-03-21/chechnya-islamic-revival/53693048/1
It is very possible that a deal had been made with Chechen's Islamic leaders to "back off...and we will too" type of diplomacy. As far as Georgia goes, the Islamic Presence, though small, [ 10% ] is radical, with Irans infiltration financing new Madras', bringing with them sharia, and Jihadist ideology, which always fo9llows close behind.................
" And what about Islam today in Georgia?"
Islam is very much an influence in the region. Here is an example. There are several madrassahs (Muslim religious schools) in Georgia. Some are Shiite, financed by Iranian religious groups while others are Sunni financed by Turkish groups. Georgians are concerned Islamist ideology coupled with outside influences could cause internal violence. The Muslim Chechen Kists have also been a source of political tension between Georgia and Russia."
Hitler made some of the very same observations about the USSR, thinking she was but a paper tiger. It cost him the war, and the death of millions of his troops, the destruction of his country, and ultimately his life..[ boy, did he deserve it, Eh?]
Russia dispises America, and are hell bent on revenge from our participation in their humiliating Afghan defeat, back when we supported the Taliban..[ telling story about our moral character as a country ].
This defeat began their great slide into oblivion, a collapse of their economy along with a National depression. It is estimated that 25,000 officers committed suicide during this time, living in destitution. Putin never forgot, and vowed to his devil god to execute vengeance.
The military is revamped, and mean and lean, and a preparing for agression against the west, along with China. The money is flowing more in Russia, in the right direction, than the USA now.
AND THEN WE HAVE THIS:
Ezekiel 38 (King James Version)
"And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him,
And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:
And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil?
Therefore, son of man, prophesy and say unto Gog, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely, shalt thou not know it?
And thou shalt come from thy place out of the north parts, thou, and many people with thee, all of them riding upon horses, a great company, and a mighty army:
And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes.
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them?
And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face.
For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel;
So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.
And I will call for a sword against him throughout all mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man's sword shall be against his brother.
And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone.
Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD."
It could mean that this is about to take place. There are Ominous clouds above us. Fear God, and keep His commandments.