Gee, I didn't realize that Civet was posting in Russia, too.
Panarin is a joke. He's come up with a lot of bizarre stuff before about America's pending failure and how Russia was about to regain Alaska and become the dominant force in the world. He's sort of a Russian amalgam of Ward Churchill and David Koresh. The only thing that keeps people from completely laughing him off, however, is that he's pretty high up in academic and foreign policy circles. So people look at what he's saying and wonder if it's indicative of what sort of skewed assumptions Russian politicians may be working from.
There are still some who insist a scope is not needed for the type hunting they do, ignoring the advances of the last 150 years in optical sights. (Even the ultra-conservative US Army has adopted optical sights.) The idea that in some special circumstances open iron sights or aperture (peep) sights might be more useful is not lost on me, but with the inevitable advance of age comes the reduction in visual acuity needed for using iron sights.
I believe that many who completely resist the idea of...