@Heterodox As of 2015 most the 'wars' being fought are either rebel insurgencies or civil wars, there is no war currently taking place between two nation states. One can argue that the 21st century, so far, has been extremely peaceful.
@themightyindividual How is the US a stupid option? They have declared more wars in the past 20 years than Russia had in the past 70. They have helped find terrorist groups, overthrow governments and are the only country in human history to have used nukes against a foreign country. Asides fromm Crimea, what country's has Russia invaded in the past 20 years?
To UtherPenguin: The U.S. invades countries not to conquer them but because they have totalitarian regimes that support terrorist organizations that target Americans. The U.S. helped dissolve the U.S.S.R. Which is the reason why RUSSIA HAS NOT INVADED ANYONE IN 20 YEARS. However, they are waiting for the U.S. to drop it's guard (it is starting to already) so it can reform the Soviet empire it once had. That is the threat I am talking about.
@themightyindividual Iran had a fully democratic government before the US helped organize a coup that installed a dictatorial Shah. They invaded Iraq unprovoked over claims that have been later proven to be false. By invading Iraq they helped breed the circumstances that allowed terrorist groups like ISIS to arise. Russia has not invaded a single country aside from Crimea. If the Russians wanted imperialism, then they would have done so a long time ago.
To UtherPenguin: If you are referring to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, that was justified because the terrorist organization al-Qaeda was based there at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the WTC. Even though the specific people had moved somewhere else after a while, the invasion was the right decision. The only reason it ended in the creation of ISIS is because President Obama withdrew the U.S. too quickly and left the war half over (a bad decision in any case). Once again, Russia is messing with the U.S. to see how we would react to a westward or southward expansion.
@UtherPenguin The Soviets did try... Remember the whole "Communist Bloc" thing. Poland, East Germany, Greece, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, the Balkans, Afghanistan and every other former satellite state was conquered by the USSR. They were way more imperialistic than the US.
@triangle.128k All Iran was doing was trying to nationalise it's oil industries, that is quite far from anything resembling communism, The US was most likely aware of that. Did Iran try to resditribute property? No. Did they raise taxes on the wealthy? No. Did they in any way associate themselves with communism? No. The coup was meant to protect western oil intrests since the Shah was essentially a western puppet.
@58 Most of the Soviet sattilite states were a part of Russia before the communist revolution, when Russia was an actual empire alongside most European countries. Also tother places like Poland and East Germany were conquered during WW2. When most Allied countries were also taking slices of Germany after the fall of the Nazis.
@UtherPenguin Much of the territory that Russia conquered from the Germans (and a little from the Japanese) was supposed to be given their independence with the borders that the had before the war. The west agreed to this plan and followed through with it. The USSR didn't. The government in Moscow installed their own communist puppet states in each of their newfound territories and did make some advancements after the war (China being the largest). Any form of protest to the newly installed governments was meet with brutal violence that can be seen in a laundry list of revolts throughout the satellite states (The Warsaw pact fought their own members more than it fought anyone else).