UPDATE: September 27, 2014 - BREAKING NEWS: "No one has a monopoly on the truth" I did not have to wait long to find out what being taken out to the woodshed would look like...here is Russia's response to the US's crossing the red line in Syria
There is a common expression in english..."Someone is going to be taken out to the woodshed". It means that someone is going to be severely punished. This expression harkens back to the days when the father of the family was the supreme disciplinarian and one of the primary parenting rules was "Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child". Children were regularly taken out to the woodshed and given a strapping by their father. In a large family such as I grew up in, there was always a hush in the household when someone was going to be disciplined. You could feel the dread in the air. Everyone was on their best behaviour and nobody associated with the guilty party.
This is the ominous feeling that I have had since the US attacked Syria with warplanes the other day. The US had been warned by Russia (and China I presume) that to drop bombs in a sovereign nation without express permission of that nation is against International Law and fundamental articles of the United Nations Charter. But, the "We don't need no stinkin badges" Empire went ahead and bombed Syria anyway...using the tiniest figleaf of an excuse (going after a group of hooligans that they had founded, trained and armed)...to bring down the legitimate Assad Syrian government.
Russia has not reacted to the contravention of UN articles and the mutual self defense pact it has with Syria....yet. But, like that old ominous feeling that "someone" is going to be taken out to the woodshed....I feel that they are going to react....in their own time and way. Others feel the same. One of the worst aspects of waiting to be taken out to the woodshed was when the parent did not react immediately..... but let the offender "stew in his own juices" for a while.