Russia vs. America, The Smackdown
84% of Americans are happy. Russians? Just 2%. Maybe that’s why Russia is a world leader in abortions and suicides. Russia’s mortality rate is double that of the United States, and so is its AIDS infection rate. Russia’s murder rate is five times higher.
The number of Russian broadband users and Nobel prize winners and church-goers are in almost exactly the same proportion to their American counterparts. Roughly twenty to one in each case. Russians have a lot to be unhappy about, it seems.
You can go on like this, on and endlessly on. Is it really a good idea for Russia to be provoking a new cold war with the United States? A rational country would be seeking to curry favor, as we see it.
Americans watch almost 5,000 movies per year for every 1,000 people. Russians watch less than 150. Russians, it seems, prefer vodka. America has almost ten times more radio stations and Internet users than Russia, and it has an amazing 300 million websites compared to just 5 million for Russia.
Russians protect five times less of their natural environment than Americans and have one-third fewer mammal species than Americans(even though Russia is a far larger physical habitat for such creatures).
Russia’s inflation rate is five times higher than America’s, and its stock of money and credit is five times smaller. The budget of the U.S. government is eight times larger than that of the Russian government. The value of the U.S. stock market was fifteen times more than the value of the Russian market before the Russian market lost 50% more value than the American market did during the global crisis. Americans export 50% more than Russians per capita.
We could go on (and on and on) but our fingers would get tired typing. We could talk about how the U.S. military budget towers massively over Russia’s, about how the U.S. population is twice the size of Russia’s and growing rapidly while Russia’s is shrinking horrifyingly. We could mention America’s vast array of strategic alliances, spearheaded by NATO, while Russia stands utterly alone. We could even compare the gross and per capita GDPs of the two countries, but even we’d feel sorry and ashamed for Russia if we went that far.
So we’ll just say what we think is obvious: For Russia to allow itself to be led by a proud KGB spy who despises America and does all he can to provoke a new cold-war conflict is quite insane, suicidal in fact. Russians should turn back from the precipice towards which they are hurtling before their nation, just like the USSR, plunges into the abyss.