Despite going counter to the Western trend, I find I can’t support U.S. “sanctions” or actions against Crimea for joining the Russian alliance. I can barely support the idea of punitive actions against any of the nations involved – unless they be for Putin’s military actions and the U.S. for being hard nosed.
I say this because I read 98% of voting Crimearians voted to go back to “Good Old Mother Russia” – however that goes. I can’t see a need for military being there, warfare or violence. IF it was indeed a true democratic process – the People voting without coercion or bribes – if it is “the People’s Will” – then isn’t that a ‘democratic process’? Why should Americans be protesting it? Or the European Union for that matter? The people voted. Let them have their way. If anything, ‘we’ (the rest of the world & concerned nations) should be helping Crimea become part of Russia – not hindering them.
Of course here in the good ol’ U.S. of A, this whole “Ukraine/Crimea” thing is the equivalent of Florida suddenly deciding they want to be Cuban – and the rest of the country gasping in shock and horror – and no doubt outrage – just like many Eastern Ukrainians are. You don’t want to ‘lose’ them to the ‘other side’, but . . . do you really want to keep them when they’ve obviously voted to go? Should you? They are only going to resist more and more if ‘they’ (the Majority Public) doesn’t get their way.*
But why do “we” (the United States & other Western nations) protest Crimea’s choice? It strikes me at odds with what we describe as a “Democratic Process”. What about what the people of Crimea want? They voted to “go Russian” – and that’s okay in my book. I just shrug, say: “Go on, whatever floats your boat, I hope you made the right choice and it fits you and yours.” I just hope they have the option of getting out if they change their mind – able to vote to leave the Russian Union and leave unopposed, should they choose to do so in the future somewhere . . .
The sad thing is this whole “Ukrainian” thing shouldn’t require any troops. There shouldn’t be any violence. The bases could be peaceably transferred on an orderly basis, assets decided on, agencies running until the “powers that be” come to agreements regarding the proper distribution of people, fiances, and assets during a certain time period. Things could be done orderly and not in a rush. It could be handled differently – but I doubt it will. Given that we’re human beings I think we’ll take the violent route – all the while the governments responsible for the violence “deploring” it all the way . . . while they encourage their soldiers to go on and kill some people . . .
If only the soldiers would disobey . . .
And what about the people? I think those who want to leave one side or another should be given time and help getting ‘out’ – and getting into the “other nation” (be it Crimea or what is currently known as “East Ukraine” in this political dispute). Give ’em about three years or soe. No need to rush, for in essence they are trying to create a ‘new nation’ (Crimea) while leaving the ‘Mother’ behind. That’s not a reason to go to war with them, or ignore them. No more than you would your own. Those two nations could be the seed of understanding between East and West – a microcosm, for sure, but an example – either of cooperative politics, or the all-so-tiresomely typical one of hate and war. . .
And I hate seeing the U.S. – as well as Russia – involved. After the vote everyone but the Russians, Ukrainians, and Crimeans should sit down sit down at the table. do the paperwork, and work the details out.
I think Putin is smart enough to know: he can just sit tight and Crimea is his. And that’s apparently what the folks in Crimea want. I just hope they know what they are doing and think it works for the -though I wish they would lay aside their arms as well. I hope they can work it out and form some cooperative coalitions that actually work under one roof to ‘serve the people’ (without corruption and graft – I hope!) . . .
Either way, I wish the People of Crimea luck. I hope they get their way. I hope it happens without a lot of violence, and definitely without war. I hope the “Eastern Ukrainians” let you go (as a region). And that the United States, E.U., and a bunch of other countries butt out and just go about doing business as usual.
enough of this Cold War sh**.
Lets just do “What the People want.”
If only more politicians would do that.* This is why most other countries don’t allow their citizens to have guns, by the way. The 2nd Amendment wasn’t constructed to keep burglars at bay. It was built with the idea of the citizenry taking the military and government on, if it came down to it. Our boys Washington & Jefferson had learned their lesson with King George. Remember that next time you go to reach for a gun . . .