Re: NATO nonsense
Reply #16 –
Someone once said, It doesn't matter how many votes go this way or that; it only matters, who counts the votes!Especially in Crimea.
Particularly under occupation. Crimea was under Russian occupation when the people voted. In 1940, under Soviet occupation, all three Baltic countries voted to become part of USSR.Exactly
It was way back during the horrible USSR times that Crimea was shoved into Ukraine and the people had to keep mouths shut.What about when Crimea was ethnically cleansed of the Tartars, you know the actual Crimeans? You say people didn't want to be added to Ukraine, but those were the Russians sent to replace the displaced Crimeans. What is it with your love affair with Russia these days anyway? Your "facts" are half-truths at best.
Maybe Crimea should be it's own small nation, part of neither Russia nor Ukraine. A small nation with a nice beach and subtropical climate would be great for a tourism based economy with legalized gambling (the GDP per capita would dwarf that of Russia and Ukraine in relatively short order.)
The objection is not that Crimea should be part of Ukraine, but Russia's actions there and in Ukraine. Personally, I would like to see the US defense budget slashed to about three percent of the GDP or so and leave NATO. But Putin has proved himself untrustworthy, so that's not feasible at this time.