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Cracks me up that America a "beacon" of "democracy" and "freedom" support a week old group (current so called government of Ukraine) that obtained power by force even using snipers against their own people protesting that overthrew a elected government.
BUT - they wont support a population that choose to leave Ukraine due to the above and join Russia.
Stinks of hypocrisy and politics
If Texas was holding a referendum to secede from the union back to Mexico.... would Russia have any right to interfere?
This is an internal matter between the People of the Ukraine, Crimea and Russia.
If truly 'internal' it wouldn't include 'Russia...
reply to post by Konduit
Amazing how many people on this thread feel that they know whats better for the people living in Crimea then the actual citizens themselves.
Crimea's not a country, sport.
They can't just decide to split from the country they're a part of and join another one.
How does that work?
I believe the West will eventually end up losing every country they have used these tactics in. The world is going to be an ugly place real soon, simply because the West no longer allows the people to be able to determine their own fate and everyone but those pushing the buttons is unhappy about what is going down.
reply to post by CJCrawley
Those people in Crimea sure like their puppets. In 2010 they voted over 75% for the ousted President. It's amazing how consistently they vote the wrong way and end up with an elected puppet instead of an appointed pro-western democratic government who loves freedom.
What frightens me about this situation is that it echoes the 2008 Russo-Georgian Conflict, where Georgians backed by NATO attacked Russian military bases, killing everyone on site.
The Russians then rolled in with overwhelming force, hundreds of thousands of troops and mobile medium ranged nuclear missile launchers targeted on Europe. A press conference was held on Russian TV and the chairman joint chief of staff said to back off or they will fire weapons within the next hour. NATO backed off... will they this time?
This can very well lead to WW3.edit on 17-3-2014 by Konduit because: (no reason given)
If any ex soviet republic other than Baltics tries to join NATO then Putin will act up again. These include Ukraine, Georgia, Azerberzian and others.
Enough encirclement of Russia, not anymore ! Putin and his Silovikis do not like that !!