Isn’t it interesting that the Crimea can organise a referendum in ten days and we can’t get one in decades? Now then, what does that say for the democratic process?
Even more curious are the howls of condemnation from the so called Western democracies that they shouldn’t be allowed a referendum as it is against International law, (Obama quote), against Ukraine’s constitution , (EUSSR quote) and generally against the interest of the citizenry of the Crimea, (all and sundry!)
My My! Do they ever listen to themselves? Why on earth should people not be self determining? If you actually look at maps of the world and the way empires were arbitrarily carved up to become independent It is obvious that various ethnic groups who had absolutely nothing in common were lumped together and dumped in a ‘new’ country artificially made so that some bloody jobsworth could draw the new boundaries with a ruler in straight lines! No account was taken of the natural boundaries of topography, culture, religion, language etc etc. Most of these places have been, are and will be constant car wrecks waiting to happen. Nearly all the civil wars, genocides and general aggravation of the post WWII 20th century can be attributed to such causes. The Middle East, central Africa and the Balkans come to mind. And where was Kurdistan? The Kurds are divided between five countries where they cause trouble and strife in all except in Iraq where they have a semi autonomous state whilst the rest (Shia and Sunni) busily kill each other to the South! (Care to remember who made the nation state of Iraq?)
Crimea is Russian and has been for several hundred years. It was a total political aberration that it was ever given to the Ukraine in the first place. To be told by the Ukrainians that their language is no longer to be recognised was an act of such stupendous idiocy as to be a firm guarantee of their scuttling back under Putin’s reassuring wing! How would we like it if the few remaining white denizens of South Yorkshire were told that the only language recognised was henceforth Pushtu? Wouldn’t be too impressed would they?
One only has to look at the map to see how the Dnieper divides the country. What lies to the East is under the natural hegemony of the Eastern bloc. Personally I think there is something seriously wrong with those that run the EU. Unobtainable, unaffordable Imperial aspirations running amok, aided and abetted by the USA that wouldn’t know a decent foreign policy from a hole in the ground! Were I Putin, I would turn off the gas to the EU and let the buggers freeze! It really wasn’t their business in the first place.
Two final nails in the coffin. The Paralympics are going on as usual during the faux sabre rattling and every one is attending! The other is how many of the EU members are expressing concern for the Tartar contingent of the Crimea, roughly 12%, why? Because they are muslim!
The only lesson I can take from this debacle is do not expect democracy, consideration or representation from any Western ‘democracy’ if you are white, indigenous, Christian and want to decide for yourself!