Let’s assume, for the moment, that the vote in the Crimea was legitimate. I believe the results probably are. The Crimea has never wanted to be a part of the Ukraine. They also speak Russian instead of Ukrainian (and language is a unifying factor, one of the reasons I’ve always suspected liberals have been forcing bilingualism on this country–its a divisive factor and assures that the immigrates from Mexico and Cuba never ever assume our culture and love of the Constitution).
If the vote is legitimate, you cannot be against it if you love liberty and our revolution as we were founded on this principle: “When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…” I do question the wisdom of choosing to live under a totalitarian heel, but to each his own.
But let’s assuming that Russia is rebuilding their empire. So what? Russia is still unfree. As such, they will lack what freedom brings: creativity. As such, they will always fail. Even if they grow right back to the 1980s, so what? No conflict will ever happen between Russia and the United States for the same reason since the beginning: nuclear weapons. As long as both sides have these, war is too costly, and it will be avoided at all costs. No war between Russian and the United States could be conducted quickly and cheaply. As such, it will not happen. There’s no future in it. We have no desire to take Russia (as who the hell would want that place?) and they have no ability to take the United States (imagine them going into any city with an armed populace? City fighting with a gun out of every window? Impossible. Snipers picking them off from the trees and running. Impossible. Crossing an entire ocean with satellites knowing their every move? Impossible). Even if they regain their own stature, they are still just an inert force. A bellowing wind of nothingness. A raging tempest in a jar.
So what should we do? Well, we should have demanded that they allow the Crimea to vote with all troops withdrawn and agreed to honor the results of said election. That probably would have fixed everything. If we must do something at this point: embargo of all goods to and from Russia. Freeze all assets of all Russian nationals and companies. Develop our energy resources in full and try to talk our allies in Europe from buying energy from us instead of Russia. Kick them out of the G-8. Order all US banks and companies to refuse to accept the Russian currency. Basically…give them the silent treatment like a bunch of high school girls.
War is not the answer. We have royally screwed up because we got the Ukraine to depend on us, and we have let them down. I fail to see the logic of declaring war on a major power to force a minor region to live under the rule of another less-minor power against their will.
Long Live the Constitution!