Russia, Nation of Smokestacks
Of the following group of nations, the worst cigarette smokers on the planet, which do you think is the very, very worst, the most suicidal, the bottom of the wretched barrel?
Yes, it’s Russia. Surprise, surprise.
A new survey by the World Health Organization reveals that three out of five Russian men smoke, one out of five Russian women smoke, a total of 44 million adults, well over one-third of the entire population, including the children!
400,000 to 500,000 Russians a year die from smoking-related causes, a figure far larger than any foreign enemy could dream of achieving — proving once again how utterly insane is Russian xenophobia. By far the worst enemy of the Russian people is the Russian people. And it’s only the tip of the iceberg, of course. Russians also set world records for perishing by fire, on the highway, and in the course of violent crimes.
Those lucky enough to reach a doctor before expiring are not really lucky at all, because Russia has vast class of underpaid, under-trained physicians who lack basic equipment and who therefore cannot possibly do much to stave off the inevitable. In fact, because of their incompetence, they may even accelerate disaster, and Russian courts have no means of holding incompetent doctors accountable.
Russia is, in other words, a nation in the midst of committing suicide. Its leaders simply do not care about this, they have written off the vast majority of the population as hopeless fools, and they do as Russian rulers have always done — simply exploit them for personal gain until, once again, the nation collapses.
And who can say that Russia’s leaders are wrong? What have the people of Russia ever done to prove that they are not cattle, that they value civilized values and are ready to fight for them? We’re not aware of much. Instead, the behavior of the majority of Russians looks to us very much like that of cattle, or perhaps even lemmings rushing madly towards the edge of a cliff.