About the Cold War.
Yes, we lost it. But nobody here minds it.
And what did you gain? You gained social guarantees.
Actually, you live nice lives because we got lose.

There's no point in turning this nice thread into who's country is more powerful and who lives better. You seem to be a hard working individual proud of his country. Anyway, Michael (<M/>) is a young student born a few years after the Cold War ended (from what I can tell). I recall when I was a young boy going through drills of getting under our desks at school. I recall wondering how that was going to help us when a rain of missiles were coming toward us. Lol..

I'm a first generation American in my family (family came to the US 50 years ago). I am very fortunate to have been born here and I'm extremely proud of my country as well and always concerned for its well being.

I recall when I was a young boy going through drills of getting under our desks at school. I recall wondering how that was going to help us when a rain of missiles were coming toward us. Lol..

We still have those drills for the elementary students.

I'm a first generation American in my family (family came to the US 50 years ago). I am very fortunate to have been born here and I'm extremely proud of my country as well and always concerned for its well being.

My parents were also born out of the country (from the middle east) and I was born here in the USA. I am proud to be living in the US.

Actually, you live nice lives because we got lose.

Actually, that is temporary but as long as you have faith and are productive, your life will get better.

Guys,
yes, we live much worse than you.
The USA & America are wonderful a state & a country. I totally admit this fact.
But we here, in Belarus, life is not bad, too. People here have posh cars, they buy everything you can imagine.
Medicine here is abs free, gas, electricity are very cheap.
Kinder-gardens almost free - just a symbolic payment.
Education free from any charge.
Just think to yourself about Genady Korotkevitch
He bit all team of Straustroupe.
You're losers.

Your country is a toyish one.
What could you do in space without Wernher von Braun?
Nothing.
True, we stole from you A-bomb (Klaus Fuchs trick).
But again, in your A-bomb team was Russian chemistist Kistyakovsky.
Without his calculations you could not do nothing.

Medicine here is abs free, gas, electricity are very cheap.

We 100% lack that.

Education free from any charge.

We have that... it is called public schools.

But again, in your A-bomb team was Russian chemistist Kistyakovsky.
Without his calculations you could not do nothing.

Just because he was russian, doesn't mean Russia should get all the respect. We respect the individual not the entire country. Sure, he had good calculations but we still could have got someone else to do it, I am pretty sure we had some guys with the same major(s).

Unfortunately, this thread is going beyond off topic. Lets stop talking about which country is best... Everyone is going to say their own country is best, even I would do that but what is the point... each country has it's advantages and disadvantages.

I recall when I was a young boy going through drills of getting under our desks at school. I recall wondering how that was going to help us when a rain of missiles were coming toward us. Lol..

We still have those drills for the elementary students.

<M/>, do you have proof of this. The internet I can see says otherwise, cold war drills were stopped in the 80s.

<M/>,
I love America to my very guts.
Not because it is richer (by 10-20 times) than my Belarus.
I love it for its spirit. In the USA I'd be a republicanian.
Maybe I'd change my mind after getting there.

Who is guilty? It is Mark Twain with his "Tom Saywer".
The best book I've ever read.

And, yes, there is a lang barrier between you and me.
I read almost freely English texts (I know ~10,000 English words),
but I can't speak it and it's not an easy job for me to write in it.

but I can't speak it and it's not an easy job for me to write in it.

You are doing a good enough job of conveying your points, I've seen alot worse attempts at the English language than yours :)

commented: Agreed. +0

<M/>, do you have proof of this. The internet I can see says otherwise, cold war drills were stopped in the 80s.

Go to some LAUSD schools, they still teach it. Most of them don't tell you what drill it is.

Maybe those drills are related to other emergencies, possibly earthquakes?

Maybe those drills are related to other emergencies, possibly earthquakes?

Quite possibly, I was refering explicitly to the cold war drills that <M/> said were still being practiced.

Really, guys, nobody here - in Russia in Ukraine - hate you
Yes, they repeat an empty words "What America allows to yourself!"
But it simply words, they mean nothing. NOTHING.
Now our country divided into 2 camps: those who approved Magnitsky's list and those who agains tit
What say the first. You ssukis, bithces, you take the future from our children.

Maybe those drills are related to other emergencies, possibly earthquakes?

Only if they announce it and you hear the alarm, then it is either a: lockdown, fire, or disaster drill... But the drill that we were forced to do (which really annoys me) would be their "war-drills", it was the same procedure as all the others but it didn't have a name nor was it announced. I asked the teacher why we do this drill and he said, "War gives no warnings! You can't ever be sure when someone nukes us!" (he said it in a way he was a general, to be funny) ... So yeah, i guess they still exist in some schools.

I understood NOTHING from your words!
Nuke you? Why? We are not so crazy.

I can't imagine why Russia could attaccks the USA
The country which born Mark Twain and German Melvill and Harvard and Berkley and MIT
Why?

I understood NOTHING from your words!
Nuke you? Why? We are not so crazy.

I never said specifically who was going to hit us, i just said someone could...

I can't imagine why Russia could attaccks the USA
The country which born Mark Twain and German Melvill and Harvard and Berkley and MIT
Why?

Why, it is because of money and politics...

Why, it is because of money and politics...

It is impossible, in principle.
Yes, we, Russians, like to discuss on forums abt American, Chinese threats etc.
But it's just words. Nothing above it.

Secondly.
Give me only one example when Russia attacked someone.
We were attacked by monlols, then by Napoleon, then by Japan, then by Hitler.

Am I a spammer here?
I hate all them, Lenin, Stalin, Breghnev, Putin, Eltsin
I hate all Russia - it's totally corrupted - from up to bottom.
All her ppl are corrupted, both morally and physically.

Give me only one example when Russia attacked someone.

They attacked afghanistan at one point and afghanistan ended up beating them (causing them to retreat)... they lost to a country that has not lost a war.

Yes, it was our mistake - Afghanistan.
But we really thought that we brought into this country the kindess and socialism.
Then it will turn out they need NO our help and services.
They want make heroine only. Nothing more. They are stupid animals.

commented: Please keep your racist/xenophobic rants to yourself - keep it pleasant still applies here +0
commented: bigot... +0

They want make heroine only. Nothing more. They are stupid animals.

They are not stupid animals, they are actually very smart. I am not sure why you have so much prejudice over other countries. Every country has bad and good people. Remove that thought over who is best and who is stupid because you don't know who you are judging. Judge people by the actions of an individual, don't judge a group of people because one of them happened to be a rotten egg. Please stop your judgements, it offends people, just like how you did when you made a judgement about afghans.

btw, afghans are one of the smarts countries you can think of because they learn everything and people judge them due to poverty...

But we really thought that we brought into this country the kindess and socialism.
Then it will turn out they need NO our help and services.
They want make heroine only. Nothing more. They are stupid animals.

I suggest you study history a bit more carefully than that before making bigoted statements like that.

The two biggest periods of growth of opium cultivation in Afghanistan were during the Soviet occupation and, now, under the US occupation. There was an opportunity for the Soviet government to make a lot of money by taxing the opium growers for the money they made from selling their opium in Russia (through Kazakhstan). Basically, they figured they couldn't stop the trade so might as well invade the place, make the trade an interior business, and collect estate taxes from the opium growers. They went in and highly encouraged more farmers to grow opium, and got the Russians addicted to heroin by a massive inslot of inexpensive merchandise, especially in Novokuznetsk and other cities bordering Kazakhstan. It's a good way to scrape every last penny from your people's pockets (whatever they had left or managed to hide from the USSR government).

When the Afghans were left alone, they made modest efforts to reduce the production, and eventually the Taliban took more drastic measures and reduced the production by nearly 90%. Of course, when the US came in, pretty much the first thing they did was to reinstate the opium production to meet the (now) worldwide demand. I remember, even if it was a while ago, when people were raising concerns only a few months after the initial invasion that there were massive incentives and under-the-table deals given to ramp the opium trade back up as quick as possible. Today, they are breaking production records every year.

Heroin is not "the only thing the Afghans want to make", but it certainly seems to be the only thing everyone else wants them to make.

And, in any case, calling people who are just trying to survive as "stupid animals" just shows terrible ignorance on your part, or dare I say, full-blown bigotry.

You really put your foot in your mouth with this last post.

commented: Another good post from a poster I respect +0

<M/>,
it's your opinion, my opinion is opposite to yours.
They are smart only in planting and growing opium poppy.
I doubt they know what is 2 + 2 equal to.
I'd called them: swines.

commented: another racist, xenophobic, bigoted rant - what a surprise +0
commented: just stop... +0

Moscow, Saint-Petersburg are very rich towns,
and they are full of Afghan heroine. Is it normal?
Thank you, Afghan brothers!

commented: yawn +0

Want to know an irony about afghanistan? They appear as poor (they are but the media makes it worst) but a lot of them are rich people. The rate you find millionares in afghanistan would be more common in america (based off of population). I know this because my parents are afghans and their parents were wealthy and so was the city but unfortanetly, people are suffering at the same time. 6 year old kids would be forced to feed the family (about 6 or more) and they work in the cold (afghanistan is a very cold place) and they only make enough money to buy themselves maybe a piece of bread and that will support the family. I have been there and seen it with my own eyes, it is heart breaking to see such site.

People shouldn't judge other people, it is a cruel thing to do. I am not sure why people like xanti can't judge people because of their actions...

They are stupid animals.

Xanti, afghan children can easily outsmart you... without a challenge. They will fight to learn and you on the other fight the truth on how to judge people. Even I can easily out brain you... sorry I am revealling that I have a massive ego but I have to make this clear to you.

Xanti, if they are stupid animals, why are they able to progress and make dramatic changes and beat russians and not ever lose a war? Also, their kids are probably (i said probably) the most sharpest kids/toughest kids you will ever meet. It doesn't make sense to me why they are stupid...

You really put your foot in your mouth with this last post.

hopefully this is the last time he posts about his "beliefs".

Today, they are breaking production records every year.

Very true, afghanistan is not the same as it was 10 years ago.

it's your opinion, my opinion is opposite to yours.

Nobody wanted your opinion to judge a country, and everyone's opinion is AGAINST yours.

I doubt they know what is 2 + 2 equal to.

I am an afghan... i can garuntee you that you have not taken pre-cal until you were a senior in highschool (i am testing out of it as a freshman).

I'd called them: swines.

And they'd considered you a bigot... so you lose. BTW, muslims don't eat swines ;)

They are smart only in planting and growing opium poppy.

At least they have talent... what do you have? A large mouth that you can't keep shut?

and they are full of Afghan heroine. Is it normal?

Yes, but they don't use it... they just have the perfect grounds for it. Muslims don't take drugs.

<M/>,
if you are an Afghan then why do you live in America?
Why we lost the war? Simply because it became a sense-less action.

if you are an Afghan then why do you live in America?

I live in america because of decisions my grandparents have made. They wanted a better life. My grandfather attended my dream school and my father attended another of one my dream schools. To attend those schools and become wealthy at the end because of hard work, that would be the reason.