Washington’s hypocritical and tendentious accusations towards Russia’s reabsorption of Crimea suggest that the lifeless hand of the Soviet presidium have to be defended in any respect prices — as if the safety of North Dakota depended upon it!
The allegedly “occupied” territory of Crimea, in reality, was really bought from the Ottomans by Catherine the Nice in 1783, thereby satisfying the longstanding quest of the Russian czars for a warm-water port. Over the ages, Sevastopol then emerged as an ideal naval base on the strategic tip of the Crimean peninsula, the place it turned residence to the mighty Black Sea Fleet of the czars after which the Soviet Union.
For the following 171 years Crimea was an integral a part of Russia (till 1954). That span equals the 170 years which have elapsed since California was annexed by an identical thrust of “Manifest Future” on this continent, thereby offering, by the way, the US Navy with its personal warm-water port in San Diego.
Whereas no international forces subsequently invaded the California coasts, it was most undoubtedly not Ukrainian rifles, artillery and blood that famously annihilated The Cost of the Mild Brigade on the Crimean metropolis of Balaclava in 1854; they had been Russians defending the homeland from invading Turks, French and Brits.
On the finish of the day, safety of its historic port in Crimea is Russia’s Pink Line, not Washington’s.
In contrast to as we speak’s feather-headed Washington pols, even the enfeebled Franklin Roosevelt no less than knew that he was in Soviet Russia when he made port within the Crimean metropolis of Yalta in February 1945.
Maneuvering to cement his management of the Kremlin within the intrigue-ridden wrestle for succession after Stalin’s loss of life just a few years later, Nikita Khrushchev allegedly spent quarter-hour reviewing his “present” of Crimea to his subalterns in Kiev.
Because it occurred, due to this fact, Crimea turned a part of the Ukraine solely by writ of the previous Soviet Union:
On April 26, 1954 The decree of the Presidium of the USSR Supreme Soviet transferring the Crimea Oblast from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR. Taking into consideration the integral character of the economic system, the territorial proximity and the shut financial and cultural ties between the Crimea Province and the Ukrainian SSR…. (emphasis ours)
In truth, the Kiev authorities’s present Washington-supported brouhaha about “returning” Crimea is a unadorned case of the hegemonic conceitedness that has overtaken Imperial Washington for the reason that 1991 Soviet demise.
In any case, throughout the lengthy many years of the Chilly Battle, the West did nothing to liberate the “captive nation” of Ukraine — with or with out the Crimean appendage bestowed upon it in 1954. Nor did it draw any pink strains within the mid-Nineteen Nineties when a financially determined Ukraine rented again Sevastopol and the strategic redoubts of the Crimea to an equally pauperized Russia.
Briefly, within the period earlier than we bought our Pacific port in 1848 and even throughout the 170-year interval since then, America’s nationwide safety has depended not one whit on the standing of Russian-speaking Crimea and the Donbas area of jap Ukraine. The truth that the native inhabitants of the previous in March 2014 selected fealty to the Grand Thief in Moscow over the ruffians and rabble which have seized Kiev quantities to a large, “So what?”
Nonetheless, it was this closing aggressive drive of Washington and NATO into the inner affairs of Russia’s historic neighbor and vassal, Ukraine, that largely accounts for the demonization of Putin. Likewise, it’s just about all the supply of the false declare that Russia has aggressive, expansionist designs on the previous Warsaw Pact states within the Baltics, Poland and past.
The latter is a nonsensical fabrication. In truth, it was the neocon meddlers from Washington who crushed Ukraine’s final semblance of civil governance once they enabled ultra-nationalists and crypto-Nazis to realize authorities positions after the February 2014 coup.
So it could be pretty requested: What lame brains didn’t perceive but that Washington’s triggering of “regime change” in Kiev would reopen this whole bloody historical past of sectarian and political strife?
Furthermore, as soon as that they had opened Pandora’s Field, why was it so onerous to see that an outright partition of Ukraine with autonomy for the Donbas and Crimea, and even accession to the Russian state from which these communities had originated, would have been a superbly cheap decision?
Definitely that will have been far preferable to dragging all of Europe into the lunacy of the present anti-Putin sanctions and embroiling the Ukrainian factions in a suicidal civil conflict.