@laundry - So what you're suggesting is that the Ukraine implements some form of scorched earth policy in order to deter Russia from invading the country further? If so, it does sound rather drastic to me.
Yeah pretty much. In both Taiwan and the Ukraine. The status quo as we have it now isn't exactly working is it? It's not that extreme a measure because if it was put in place where it would be known to automatically happen after invasion then it would probably never get used because it's too big and effective a deterrent for anyone to want to stage an invasion. That's the point of it. And it's magnitudes less extreme than what major countries already do now which is the threat to nuke the **** out of anyone who attacks them and potentially make the whole species extinct.
It's surely been considered but my guess is that the West probably vetos such an idea as it will have knock on consequences for us which we're not willing to accept.
In the end these countries don't matter to us as much as our politicians try to make out. If it was our land being invaded you would suddenly see a very different and more serious response than just a few sanctions.