Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — It’s obvious that in the Middle East, or almost anywhere else in the world for that matter, the desires of the majority hold special meaning for Westerners. So, how do we as a society accept the Arab Spring, much of which was based in violence and death, yet when a peaceful people go to the ballot boxes and 96 percent of them choose to be annexed by Moscow, we find that to be wrong?
It’s likely that Western power brokers would prefer that the European Union gain as much control as it can. The Crimean dissent was an affront to that goal.
The Ukraine, with or without Crimea, is entering into a trade agreement with the EU, which is one of the stepping stones for ultimate inclusion into the EU.
Pick your poison: Is it better to be with Russia or the Europeans?
World leaders are enamored with the EU sociopolitical model, even though it is as broken and liberty-killing as any Russian federation. The EU is not just some multinational trade pact; it is a system of government that exerts a uniform rule over all of its participants, stripping them of their national sovereignty, subjecting them to common kangaroo courts, and making all engaged nations responsible for the fiscal and financial foibles of others (such as the bailouts of Greece and Spain). The world wants to drive more people into that system and others like it, pushing global uniformity upon everyone, wiping away the competition for people and prosperity that makes individual nations – and individual people – unique.
When it comes to the Crimean issue, our foreign policy is hypocritical. And, it’s wrong, just like most all of our interventionist policies (Iraq and Afghanistan, anyone?).
It’s time we dropped our baseless indignation over the Crimeans and Russians and took the advice of George Washington: