This week's Perun deep dive is about the Economic War, in terms of energy, politics and the production issues on both sides;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmO1kfCr_II
As always, a lot presented in accessible ways, with multiple sources (check all the links he provides), with some eye popping data.
Art, I think this one will answer many of your questions about the economics and sanctions issies.
I certainly was surprised by polling, with the usual caveats, which seems to indicate 27% of Americans, 30% of Dutch and 33% of British respondents favour sending their forces in directly.
Clearly major 'would start WW3' issues with that, so not advocating it, though if Russia did something that breached article 5, that is a base that would expand, a lot.
(Maybe the Dutch is partly about MH17, as for the UK, well a few years ago, even with the Army shrinking, recruiting became difficult still, some of it was blamed on handing it over to the usual shitty outsourcing company who screw up, get more contracts, donate to the Tories, however another factor was also found, the ending of major combat operations in Afghanistan
Doesn't chime with the depressing Union Jack decked coffins that came home all too often, so maybe with the atrocities shown in Ukraine, the old fashioned conventional nature of the war, the clear moral clarity, some want to see 'our boys' (and girls) stomp the Russians.
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