Opinion: Americans should fear Russia more than ISIS

The Russian bear is hungry and roaming.

From the Ukraine to Syria and points in between, Russian President Putin is flexing his muscles on land, air, and sea.  America and our NATO Allies need to beef up our defense capabilities, or Russia will once again dominate the world stage.

We should not make the mistake that we are dealing with Putin only.  He represents a majority of the Russian people.

Outside of major urban areas, Russians are undereducated, superstitious and filled with a xenophobic resentment against the West.  It’s arguably somewhat different in urban areas, but most of the “information” the Russian people get is controlled by and even produced by the State.

Russians are repeatedly encouraged to blame anything and everything on the West.  They are told that they are superior to the decadent West, and that their lives would be much better except for America and Europe, which actively try to harm Mother Russia.

The American people need to hear from President Obama on how he intends to respond to this increased Russian aggression. We need to hear from the presidential candidates of both political parties.

Russia is in Europe’s backyard, so we need to hear from our NATO allies how  they will finally pay more for their own defense against Russia, instead of relying on America to pick up most of the military tab.

We and NATO need to actively block further Russian aggression.  Our failure to do so will only encourage Putin and the Russians to become even more aggressive.

Finally, we need to understand that a hyper-aggressive Russia is far more dangerous to America than ISIS.

 

Mr. Greco is a Scottsdale resident.

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