>>220747>but it was not without a reason
Sure. When you usurp a revolution by force, plunge your country into a civil war and upon winning turn it into a totalitarian state all while advertising how this is a beginning of a worldwide revolution, yeah people around you will get anxious, so you'll have every reason to care about your military.>and trying to shrug it all off as the effects of some "propaganda" is simply delusional.
It's not delusional. Even when you have reasons to prepare for war you'll need some military propaganda, that's just how it works. If you want your people to be ready for war you need to get them ready for war, and they won't be ready if they don't care about it.>Boys will be interested in tanks, radios, guns and cars no matter what you do to them.
This is wrong. Or at least, not entirely true, since it's not a binary thing, "interested or not interested". They might always have some interest, but the surrounding culture and the upbringing affects how much.>Boys in USSR were raised to be defenders of their homeland, just like all boys should be raised
Ideally not, ideally there shouldn't be anything you'd need to defend against. That can't be achieved of course, so yeah, you need to nurture these qualities in children, but again, it's not a binary thing, how much of your upbringing is focused on this. Also, no actually, kids shouldn't be raised as "defenders of their homeland", they should be raised as defenders of good things and good people against bad things and bad people. These are some very vague terms, they can be manipulated and often have been, so essentially you need to be good to others on their own accord, and to love people.