Why is this our fight? Ukraine overthrows an elected government and that’s ok but Crimea can’t vote to leave?
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the US is ready to respond. Oh great, just toss more gasoline on the fire, general. That’ll be sure to help things calm down. And where is NATO on this?
Obama says “there will be costs” if Crimeans vote to join Russia. China says sanctions will lead to counter-sanctions and that will be detrimental to all. Germany may warn against Crimea breaking away. However, Russia is a major German trading partner. Neither side can afford economic war much less actual war.
As mentioned before, when Slovakia voted to leave Czechoslovakia, Premier Vaclav Havel said “I don’t think it’s a good idea, but they voted for it. Let them go.” The world should take the same approach to Crimea.