Russian President Vladimir Putin asked parliament last Saturday for permission to use the country’s military in Ukraine, moving to formalize troop deployments that Ukrainian officials have described as an ongoing invasion of the strategic region of Crimea. The Russian Parliament approved Putin’s request ignoring Obama’s warning, going as far as recommending Russia’s ambassador to the United States be recalled.
It is possible that a war can and will be fought over the issues taking shape on the borders of Russia. President Barack Obama has already said, "there will be costs" if Russia intervenes militarily, we have to look deeply to see not only what is at stake here but also the legitimacy of all governments as events take peoples’ lives to the more local level.
Putin said the "extraordinary situation in Ukraine" was putting at risk the lives of Russian citizens and military personnel stationed at a naval base that Moscow. "I’m submitting a request for using the armed forces of the Russian Federation on the territory of Ukraine pending the normalization of the socio-political situation in that country," Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin.
In Crimea, the pro-Russian prime minister who took office after gunmen seized the regional Parliament claimed control of the military and police there and asked Putin for help in keeping peace, sharpening the discord between the two neighboring Slavic countries. Ukraine’s acting president Oleksandr Turchynov said the election of Sergei Aksyonov as prime minister of Crimea was invalid.
What gives him that right or anyone the right to do or saying anything in the name of the people? The idea of centralized government is going to be increasingly difficult in a world falling apart at the seams.
We have to understand eventually that what is in the peoples’ interest is not necessarily what government is all about. Look at what school boards in California have done, borrowing money that will enslave kids in school now and even unborn ones to lives as debt slaves. If even school boards have gotten away with this what kind of respect can we have for authorities no matter who or where they are?
The Ukraine just went from one Russian leaning leader who lived his life as if he was better than everyone else was to a pro-western government but they do not represent the Russian leaning people in the Crimea, which is already a semi-autonomous region of Ukraine and is mainly Russian-speaking.
Ukraine’s population is divided in loyalties between Russia and Europe, with much of western Ukraine advocating closer ties with the European Union while eastern and southern regions look to Russia for support.
All hell is breaking loose in the Ukraine. The story for the people there and everywhere is going to get worse as the realities of government bankruptcy rips through the fabric of that particular domestic society. The Ukraine is only weeks from falling apart and then it is going to be everyone for themselves. However, like all governments and bureaucrats, which in each country are trained like dogs to jump through nationalistic hoops, they will fight for their government’s largeness over populations.
Why cannot the Russian loyalty populations go peacefully with Russia under their protection and the European minded Ukrainians go with Europe and get their help? Sounds more doable than anyone trying to save all of the Ukraine, which will probably be impossible anyway. What is our fixation on political nationalist nonsense? Come on boys lets rally round the flag time!
Democracy is a sick joke played upon the people. It is a deliberately created illusion used to deceive people as sick governments steal their basic rights. Governments do not decide for the people it decides for its own self-interest.
Crimea only became part of Ukraine in 1954 when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev transferred jurisdiction from Russia, a move that was a mere formality when both Ukraine and Russia were part of the Soviet Union. The Soviet breakup in 1991 meant Crimea landed in an independent Ukraine.
Demonstrators sought this leader’s resignation after he backed out of signing an agreement to bring Ukraine closer to the European Union instead of Russia. Yanukovych, who took refuge in Russia, still says he’s president. He certainly would not mind a war being fought to get him back in power and back into his mansions that are now in public view. It seems like he approved brutal force killing at least a hundred of his own fellow citizens in his quest for control of everyone—again all within nationally defined borders—the holy territory of each national government.
Ukrainians are getting an unfiltered look at the opulent lifestyle and alleged machinations of fugitive President Viktor Yanukovych and his top officials from thousands of documents being posted online by journalists who say it’s more important to record their country’s history — and document possible crimes — than hold them back for their own scoops.
Visitors to the YanukovychLeaks.org website can browse what appear to be the expense payments for running the sprawling compound just outside Kiev that reportedly was Yanukovych’s home. The website had 1,581 documents online by Friday afternoon after attracting more than 300,000 visitors a day for several days this week.
"The recovered documents are being published on this website to make them available to journalists and citizens around the world," the site said. "The investigations based on these documents will also be published here and in Ukrainian media."
The documents include a payment of over $115,000 for a shooting range with a moving wild boar and $2.3 million for a tearoom. Many other payments seem routine, such as money for roads and gardening, and $150 for tennis balls. There were payments to six cooks and three waiters.
When looking after the interests of all Ukrainians can the new government or old government handle it? I do not think so no matter who is in Kiev. What matters is that society is going to crash because the government is bankrupt in the Ukraine as is the rest of the world, but that reality is sinking in faster in some places before others.
Obama called on Russia to respect the independence and territory of Ukraine and not try to take advantage of its neighbor, which is undergoing political upheaval. That is sick because it is incredibly hypocritical. When has the United States or its Federal Reserve Bank ever respected anyone to the point where they would not take total advantage? They have been raping the world financially and in every way imaginable for as long as anyone can remember.
Why should we, going forward, into a worldwide economic and financial collapse, be defending national interests, borders and governments? Some are wishing that the natural movement for freedom in Ukraine could spread to the rest of Europe and maybe to Democrat-controlled states and cities in America. Political violence in Europe in the 1920s and into the early 1930s was between national socialists and international socialists. Each was dedicated to authoritarian central planning. The conflict in Ukraine is different – it is between authoritarians and those who value freedom.
Now it seems the Russians in the Crimea want their freedom from the European loving new government and let us face it, Europe is a sinking ship. Things are very complicated in the world and are about to get more so. Again, the point is about central control vs. local choice and freedom. Whatever big governments say it’s the people who need freedom from centralized governments. Governments are not the authorities they like to think they are but as long as we go along with them, they get their way.