On Sunday, the people of two geographic regions of Ukraine (Donetsk and Luhansk) turned out in huge numbers to vote (overwhelmingly in favor) of independence from Ukraine. On Monday, one of those regions made a declaration of independence, and named itself the "People's Republic of Donetsk."
Oleksandr Turchynov, Ukraine's acting president, told his country's
parliament: "The farce which terrorists call the referendum will have no
legal consequences except the criminal responsibility for its
Let's just say that the election was a legitimate reflection of the
desire of the overwhelming majority of the peoples of those regions;
none of whom are "terrorists," and the outcome should've come as
absolutely no surprise to anyone.
It was embarrassing to watch the United States of American opposing
the rights of yet another nation to seek independence through democratic
elections, and uttering empty threats against Russia. The United
States has no business trying to control the outcome of events in
Ukraine and the United States certainly has no credibility when speaking
about military encroachments on the sovereignty of tiny less-powerful
Obama should've kept his mouth shut. Does he deserve the
humiliation he's getting at the hands of Vladimir Putin? Absolutely.
does Canada deserve its reputation as the lapdog of the US?
Absolutely. It was absurd for Canada to hurl threats at Russia ...
tiny Canada doesn't have enough weight to be throwing it around.
Besides, Canada's reputation as a peacemaker was worth more in
international goodwill and respect than anything the country had going
The only thing I've found surprising is how quickly the anti-Russian
propaganda hit prime-time TV. It seemed like overnight the "terrorist"
enemies in a number of prime-time shows suddenly became Russians, with
the thick stereotyped accent. Even as recently as one year ago, I can
guarantee you those same villains would have been Muslim extremists or
at least identified as coming from a predominately Muslim country.
It has also been quite amusing to watch the neocons fall flat on
their faces in an effort to inflame war fever in Americans. Americans
are no longer interested in foreign policy, and it has been very gratifying to see they have no interest in new foreign wars of imperialism.
Let freedom ring.