Dear RedAirForce, as I told Johnboy1 yesterday you and I will never agree. It hasn't changed since yesterday, I disagree with everything which you wrote in your previous post.
And yes, we can teach Russia a lot, how to organize public education, health care, how to intergrate IT into ordinary public services, how to structure justice systems and all such things. And also conflict management.
If in doubt, go to Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius and see how proud they are of what they have achieved since square one just a decade ago. Sure they did by far most of the job themselves, but they sure appreciate the guidance and assistance from the Scandinavian countries. Again Denmark was not in the lead, the heavy jobs were mainly placed on Swedish and Finnish shoulders.
But all five Nordic countries ran a co-ordinated Baltic development program. It helped a lot that all public service systems are practically equal in the Nordic countries. And never before in the history of this planet have three countries progressed from practically stone age to modern, well functioning societies in less than ten years time.
Big or small? The Baltic countries are small, but the success rate is not a question about resources. It is pure knowledge distribution, and the success rate is only dependant upon the acceptance rate in the receiving end.
But also hardware resources were put in from many countries to speed up the process. For instance first time I visited Tallinn eight years ago - by car ferry - the first thing I noticed in the harbour was 25 small size A cars. They were a gift from Herr Bundeskanzler Kohl in Bonn to be used as police cars and other public services, replacing old, smokey, military, hardly serviceable open jeeps which had got a white plastic sticker on the door telling the word "Politsei" and covering the red star.
And of course the Finnes had already moved in and set up a cell phone system so my cell phone was online even before I saw the city towers in the mist.
There is still a long way to go. Just like Russia lack money for dismantling their own old nuclear bombs, and lets the US taxpayers pay the bill, then there is no way that for instance Estonia alone can clean up the remnants of the Soviet naval base on the Paldiski Peninsula.
But as I told in the beginning, RedAirForce, I don't expect you to understand this, or accept it. You may get the same type of heathy laugh as me when I read your CNN comments about my country. Do you really watch that channel? Do you learn anything from that?
Rgds, Preben Norholm
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