A USA Today article explains why 95 percent of Crimean’s voted to be annexed by Russia. The Russian government promised to boost pensions and rebuild the infrastructure on this dilapidated Black Sea peninsula. Sevastopol, once was a favored resort of the former USSR’s elite, but since becoming part of the Ukraine has fallen on hard times. The Crimean’s get about half the pension of Russian citizens, and this formerly beautiful resort is a crumbling city that doesn’t have running water at night. Russia has promised to spend, literally Billions of Rubles, reviving Crimea and bringing their pensions up to Russian standards, including building two bridges between Russia and Crimea which will make access to the resort area easier.
Sounds like Crimea has been neglected by the Ukraine. Now we better understand why 95% voted to join Russia. Even in Russia, voters will vote for their wallet‘s best interest. Whether or not Russia lives up to their promises, only time will tell.
Many neo-cons and Democrats are anxious to slap down Russia over the annexation of Crimea this past week. Pat Buchanan offered some interesting insight to this in an interview on Sean Hannity’s radio show and in his column that appeared in Human Events. He said, “ Was it not predictable that Russia, a great power that had just seen its neighbor yanked out of Russia’s orbit by a U.S.-backed coup in Kiev, would move to protect a strategic position on the Black Sea she has held for two centuries?…America and Russia are on a collision course today over a matter — whose flag will fly over what parts of Ukraine — no Cold War president, from Truman to Reagan, would have considered any of our business.”
Mr. Buchanan makes some valid points that should be considered. An important fact that many folks seem to forget is the people of Crimea voted 95 percent in favor of going back under Russian control. Crimea is an area that has a large population of Russians living there, so is it such a stretch to believe they’d choose to want to live under Russian rule than Ukrainian rule where they are the minority? Given the fact the Ukraine’s have allowed the once beautiful resort area of Crimea to disintegrate into a pile of rubble, makes it easy to understand the voting results.
It seems to me the only thing the US/EU need to discuss with the Russians is having some program to allow the 5 percent who don’t want to live under Russian rule to migrate to the Ukraine with no hassle from the new Russian/Crimean government.
How would the U.S., react if next week Panama took a vote and 95 percent decided that they wanted to abandon their government and wanted the U.S. to annex them and the canal into our nation; and the Russians reacted by threatening sanctions against us? Would we tolerate Russia having some say about this? We would tell the Russians it’s none of their business, and we don’t take orders from them. Yet we are surprised that Russia has the same reaction to the US/EU over this Crimea annexation?
The Europeans seem to always be clamoring for the US to take the lead, pay the money, and risk American lives to resolve their problems. Europe hasn’t been a bombed out ruin since the 1940s. So maybe it should no longer be our job to subsidize Europe. Let the Europeans build up their own military, spend their own money, and get their people killed in another senseless conflict. If it’s their money and their lives being risked maybe they’ll not be so fast to want to pick a fight with some nation. Crimea is in their back yard, not ours. So that makes it their problem. If this is such a big deal to them, then let them resolve it. Frankly, it sounds like the Crimean’s would be better off with Russia than with the Ukraine.
We seem to forget our own Monroe Doctrine that basically said, the Western Hemisphere is off limits to European adventures, maybe we should follow our own advice. We should leave other nation’s alone as long as they’re not a direct threat to our security.
Mike Cannatelli lives in suburban Wilmington with his wife. He repairs electronic instrumentation the food industry uses to detect bacteria in food. He plays supper club music on the piano and is a voracious reader who is a registered Independent voter.