Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Reality Check On Crimea

The West should redo its homework. Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia. It took a Ukrainian (Khrushchev) to transfer the peninsula over to the Ukraine. Since it was an act of a Soviet governmental political mechanism, it appears that after the fall of the Soviet Union, the surprisingly real-estate-like deed could be considered null and void. Moreover, Russia, the internationally recognized caretaker for all matter and obligation left over from the Soviet era, is the rightful authority on the disposition of the decisions by USSR's government. Then it makes sense that now, Russia, and Crimean Russians, have the right to decide the ultimate state of the peninsula.

It is also a double standard: the US has the right to put together a posse and invade faraway countries, but Russia cannot repossess its rightful possession with its own ethnicity. Not fair.

The poster is cute and poignant, but a reminder of fairness which Putin pointed out: during the most dangerous moments of Cold War, USSR (Russia) never used oil to blackmail the West. Unlike the Moslems with their petro-tantrums.

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