The Russian Fleet will arrive off the Syrian coast within a week or so. It appears as thought the end game is near and it will likely escalate very quickly from a regional conflict into a world-wide war. The Mediterranean Sea will be filled with military ships from several NATO countries as well as the Russian Northern Fleet and even a Chinese Destroyer. This does not bode well and one slip up or perceived threat could trigger rapid escalation. The Russians are not backing down from US threats and have themselves shown extremely capable advanced weapons such as this encounter with the USS Donald Cook. in 2014. As a Russian jet approached the USS Donald Cook, an electronic device aboard the fighter disabled all radars, control circuits, systems, information transmission, etc. on board the US destroyer. In other words, the all-powerful Aegis system, now hooked up - or about to be - with the defense systems installed on NATO’s most modern ships was shut down, as turning off the TV set with the remote control. The Russian Su-24 then simulated a missile attack against the USS Donald Cook, which was left literally deaf and blind. As if carrying out a training exercise, the Russian aircraft - unarmed - repeated the same maneuver 12 times before flying away. Our government seems to be under the delusion that Russia is still a backward country whose military is falling apart and comprised of rusted out hulks and ancient weapons. According to what I've read, nothing could be further from the truth. Russia has spearheaded the development of electronic weapons capable of taking out our power grid and critical control systems such as those that control nuclear plants. This all bears discussing if anyone is interested. For now, I am stocking up further on foodstuffs and other necessities. The Mediterranean Sea in late 2013. It is even more crowded as we speak.