If anyone is interested in my (later Saker will join in) and Dr. Roberts discussion which is ongoing now for several days you may check it out here:
Dr. Roberts initially asked this, after reviewing my book:
So, the questions for Andrei Martyanov, The Saker, and for Putin and the Russian government is: How long does turning your other cheek work? Do you turn your other cheek so long as to allow your opponent to neutralize your advantage in a confrontation? Do you turn your other cheek so long that you lose the support of the patriotic population for your failure to defend the country’s honor? Do you turn your other cheek so long that you are eventually forced into war or submission? Do you turn your other cheek so long that the result is nuclear war?
I replied in Russia As A Cat.
Russia knows where the Unites States is today and, when looking back at the last 5 years in world’s history, I see Russia as that proverbial cat finishing off the chicken, while those who are supposed to use the force cannot do so and speak loud and carry no stick. This chicken is Pax Americana.
Now, deliberations are opened in Dr.Roberts' response column.
In related news: that is what Putin does. Idlib Offensive commences.