If Russia officially annexes Crimea from Ukraine, it will expand the former Soviet Union’s territory by approximately 0.15%. Russia is already, by far, the largest nation based on land.
The Soviet Union’s AN602 Hydrogen Bomb AKA Tsar Bomba, dropped on October 30, 1961, was the most powerful bomb ever detonated on planet earth yielding 50-58 megatons.
Some unnamed countries use a military doctrine whereby civilian casualties are triggered to drum up public support for war on humanitarian grounds. Infiltration of adversaries using hired rebels combined with crafted media propaganda is a powerful and highly effective combination.
General Wesley Clark once stated, “They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control.” He recounted a conversation he had in 1991 with Paul Wolfowitz in which the then-number-3-Pentagon-official, told Clark: “One thing we did learn [from the Persian Gulf War] is that we can use our military in the region – in the Middle East – and the Soviets won’t stop us. And we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet regimes – Syria, Iran [sic], Iraq – before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.”
A recent US Department of Defense training manual lists people who embrace “individual liberties” and honor “states’ rights,” as potential “extremists”.