5 Dark Reality When Putin Wants To Invade Your Country

The idea of an actual all-out war with Russia seems ridiculous to most of us here in the United States — even if the notion seems to grow slightly less ludicrous every day. But if it ever does happen, at the least we have resources to learn from. We can look to Estonia, a small European country with a legitimate reason to fear that a Russian invasion could happen any day now. In fact, they actively prepare for it.


Red Dawn Could Happen Here

Red Dawn ( No, we’re not talking about the remake. What are you, simple ?) focuses on a astound Russian invasion of the U.S. via Mexico. Hendrik lives in Estonia, a small nation bordering Russia, and pretty much figures the only fictional part of Red Dawn was the locating. Insure, in 2014, the nation of Ukraine broke out in civil war. Russia basically slapped Ukraine around for a little bit while chanting, “I’m not hitting you! ” and then tired of the game and annexed Crimea.

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It’s the Russian version of flipping the board over .

Really, it’s not fair to tell Russia annexed Crimea, government decisions was Vladimir Putin’s. And it was part of a growing pattern. In 2008, Russia invaded Georgia( the nation , not the home of America’s second best barbecue) under the justification that they’d been aggressive toward two breakaway “republics” within Georgia, both of whom were heavily backed by Putin’s government. Hendrik isn’t crazy to think it could happen to his country next …

“I’m more than sure that nobody in the west believed that in a 21 st century Europe, something like what’s happening in Ukraine right now would go down.” He thought it would be difficult for Putin’s government to “orchestrate” a Ukrainian-style civil war in Estonia because, “We are in the EU and NATO, and the NATO units that are in Estonia devote us a good quantity of security.”

Uh, about that …

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Hendrik now feels that, “If the EU maintains cracking like it started to with Brexit, and if Trump with that strolling snotball of a man Newt Gingrich stay on the opinion that Estonia might not be worth defending, then that might give Russian leaders confidence to perhaps go through with something better drastic.”

The Soviet Union first ate Estonia in 1939, as part of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. But Estonia regained its independence in 1991. According to one school of thought, Vladimir Putin’s main life goal is to reunite the severed nations of the USSR. And last October, a Russian warplane violated Estonia’s airspace … for the fourth hour.

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Fool you four times, Russia on YOU .

“The only thing actually comforting me in this is the knowledge that nobody in the west wants a war in their yard, the further away they keep the ‘shit+ a fan’ thing from their borders, the very best for them.”

But if Putin’s poop does head for a European fan in the next few years, there’s a fair chance it’ll splatter onto Estonia.


In Estonia, Everyone Is Developing For Insurgency

Estonia is not very big.

Not much is, beside Russia .

They put a solid quantity of their GDP into the defense budget( relative to their size ), but that still only works out to around a half billion dollars per year. In the U.S. military we’ll burn that much on two toilet seats and a bent screwdriver. Clearly, Estonia’s not going to win any outright fights with the Russian army. So they’re planning for a guerilla war.

“My superiors would often use the conflict with Russia as two examples to remind us why the compulsory service in Estonia is so important. Ukraine objective its conscription in 2013, and went back to it when the crisis started.”

If they weren’t in uniform, these dudes would revolt, basically .

Estonia’s conscript army isn’t supposed to be a deterrent. It’s meant to prepare regular citizens for a potential war with Russia, where they’d be work with NATO forces-out and fight as insurgents against vastly superior firepower. They’re looking at how Vietnam ran for the Viet Cong and thinking, “OK, how do we prep for that ahead of hour ? “

“Whatever unit or stance you will be assigned to in the future, the first three months are the same infantry training for everyone. Most important stuff is discipline and knowing how to survive — how to find your style from phase A to B without a map and/ or a compass, how to keep out of sight, putting on full camouflage of branches and earth the first thing when going on any sort of a mission.[ That] was a big surprise to the members of U.S. Army stationed here, since they are don’t need to concentrate on that. For them, it’s a Special Forces-out thing. All that sort of stuff. First aid is also very important during that time.”

Estonia hosts “war games” every single weekend. These are an occasional requirement for the 25,400 volunteers of the Estonian Defense League, which is basically a militarized Rotary Club. Attending one entails going through 24 hours of competition to “find the medical herbs, ” “assemble the machine-gun, ” and “lie in wait for the escort of enemy soldiers.” It’s like larruping Metal Gear Solid , only with the frightening specter of imminent war looming over your every action.


NATO Is Trying To Stop It, But They May Be Inadvertently Spurring The Invasion On

Since Estonia is part of NATO it enjoys the protection of the United States. For now …

“After Ukraine, NATO sent a company-sized U.S. division here as a technique of deterrence. The Baltic states have also asked at the least a brigade-sized division to rotate around the border.”

Here’s how that support’s been interpreted by the Russian state media( which is controlled by Putin and his Lil’ Putineers ):

Hendrik tells this is “good fuel for the Russian propaganda machine that already blames their economic state on the west and international sanctions put onto them for Ukraine.”

He’s afraid that more NATO forces-out will only build public subsistence in Russia for an eventual invasion of Estonia. As many as 85 percent of the Russian people support the annexation of Crimea, so it’s entirely possible that Hendrik’s right. If NATO maintains stationing troops in Estonia, the Russian government may take that as provocation. And if NATO and the U.S. pull back, Putin may take that as a tacit blessing.

Vlad if you do and Vlad if you don’t .

“But Cracked, ” you say, “the U.S. would never let an friend be invaded without stepping up in their defense.”

To which we say …


In Fact, Russia Has Already Attacked

Cyber warfare has been a low priority in America, the same can’t be said for Russia. Their 2008 invasion of Georgia began with a massive DDOS attack, which kicked most of the country offline. Putin also employed his massive propaganda apparatus as a first-strike weapon. The invasions of both Georgia and Ukraine were preceded by what amounted to fake news “blitzes” aimed at inflaming separatist motions and reducing is supportive of the government.

And now you know why Russia appointed Jeff Sessions .

We asked Hendrik if he’d seen any signs of that. Back in 2007, “There was a Soviet-era monument in the center of Tallinn that the government decided to relocate, because over the years it had created too much tension between local Russians and some of the more nationalistic Estonians.”

The government wanted to move the monument, a statue of a soldier, to a military cemetery. The whole country harbored pretty strong feelings about that — and by pretty strong, we entail πŸ˜› TAGEND

Yeah, that’s how the governmental forces responds to “feelings.”

“That turned into three days of riots in Tallinn , nothing that has ever been seen in Estonia before. Just days before the riots there was a big rise in Russians entering Estonia, many of whom had connections to the group that coordinated the riots. The leaders of different groups have close connections to Kremlin and the group itself was funded by it.”

It’s hard to discern the truth of that allegation — the President of Estonia officially backs it up — but it’s also not like the Estonian government arrived off looks a lot like a rose, either. There were some allegations of police brutality during the course of its riots, and that’s putting it lightly. But whether or not Russia sent in provocateurs, they surely sent in tanks πŸ˜› TAGEND
With the hammers and sickles tastefully filed off .

According to NATO, those are unmarked Russian tanks entering Ukraine — an allegation that Putin, of course, denies. He also denies the Russian cyber assault that knocked out Estonia’s digital infrastructure for three straight weeks.

“The event also triggered the process of developing the NATO Cyber Warfare Center here in Tallinn, after attacks on Estonian governmental and media servers came from Russia during it all.”

For the next assault, Moscow knows where to reach first .

That was actually the most powerful assault in the history of cyber warfare and it took the most wired nation in Europe altogether offline. Estonians — who relied on Skype more than their phone service, which was even voted over the internet — were utterly disoriented. Just imagine how you’d feel if your smartphone abruptly bricked for a month. The absence of access to puppy GIFs alone would send most of us spiraling into madness.


Russians Are A Huge Portion Of Estonia’s Population

A large number of Estonians are old-fashioned, red-blooded, Bond-hating, ethnic Russians. Russia’s strategy in both Ukraine and Georgia relied on gaining the purposes of the local Russian population first. Not a difficult trick, as anti-Russian sentiment had been attaining ethnic Estonian Russians feel estranged for a while.

“When I was a kid, after we regained our independence from the Soviet Union, the Russians were the ‘enemy’. They were the bad guys. Hell, telling another Estonian that they were a Russian was a good way to insult them. After occupying us, the USSR brought in a massive quantity of Russians to slowly kill our culture and speech, they did it in most of the countries they occupied.”

They mandated that everyone get a performing bear, which was just weird .

Stalin’s government killed five million Ukrainians through starvation, only to open up Ukraine for native Russians. Estonia didn’t get it quite as bad, but there was no love lost, “Distrust back then was guaranteed, because it was personal.”

Around 320,000 of Estonia’s 1.3 million citizens are ethnically Russian, a whopping 25.2 percentage. Ukraine’s separatist movement/ invasion kicked off in the mostly Russian eastern chunk of the country. And only 17 percentage of Ukrainians are native Russians — so on paper, Estonia is practically in Putin’s pocket already.

Hendrik disagrees. “A lot of hour has passed and the funky thing with hour is, that in one way or another, it is a very good analgesic. Most of the heavily affected parties have either died or found understanding/ peace. And, the new generations who grow up going to schools with kids who might have different ethnic backgrounds but have similar dreamings have trust between them. Many of those ethnic Russians identify themselves as Estonians.”

Borscht is the ultimate melting pot .

Indeed, most Russian Estonians seem fairly happy with the freedom and comfort that Estonia offers. As you may have guessed from that “most wired country in Europe” thing, Estonian life is actually pretty sweet.

“In a conflict situation, which side would I think they’d choose? Hell, those who have grown up here, this is their home. There was this instructor( whose both parents are Russians) that “ve been given” lessons during our NCO course, and he gave us a good way of looking at it. If someone comes into your home, kicking down doors, feeing the food in your kitchen and going for your wife you don’t sit idly by, or help him do it. You fight back.”

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