It’s always useful to do a bit of research on issues like this, and not just automatically swallow what the mainsteam media want you to believe. Here’s a section of the relevant Wikipedia article on the transfer of Crimea back to Russia. (Khrushchev ‘gave’ Crimea to his native Ukraine back in 1954 [ Details of that transfer here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1954_transfer_of_Crimea ]:
From the Wiki article. [Note that there had been a referendum on the transfer, in which the majority voted to go with Russia. However, we need not assume that this referendum was fair. But the private opinion polls are pretty clear.]
The results of the survey by the Broadcasting Board of Governors, conducted April 21–29, 2014, showed that 83% of Crimeans felt that the results of the March 16 referendum on Crimea’s status likely reflected the views of most people there. Whereas, this view is shared only by 30% in the rest of Ukraine.
According to the Gallup’s survey performed on April 21–27, 82.8% of Crimean people consider the referendum results reflecting most Crimeans’ views, and 73.9% of Crimeans say Crimea’s becoming part of Russia will make life better for themselves and their families, while 5.5% disagree.
According to survey carried out by Pew Research Center in April 2014, majority of Crimean residents say the referendum was free and fair (91%) and that the government in Kyiv ought to recognize the results of the vote (88%).
A poll of the Crimean public was taken by the Ukrainian branch of Germany’s biggest market research organization, GfK, on January 16–22, 2015. According to its results: “Eighty-two percent of those polled said they fully supported Crimea’s inclusion in Russia, and another 11 percent expressed partial support. Only 4 percent spoke out against it. … Fifty-one percent reported their well-being had improved in the past year.”
Bloomberg’s Leonid Bershidsky noted that “The calls were made on Jan. 16–22 to people living in towns with a population of 20,000 or more, which probably led to the peninsula’s native population, the Tatars, being underrepresented because many of them live in small villages. On the other hand, no calls were placed in Sevastopol, the most pro-Russian city in Crimea. Even with these limitations, it was the most representative independent poll taken on the peninsula since its annexation.”
Note that the original inhabitants of Crimea, the Crimean Tatars, were very much opposed to going back to Russia. But, due to unlimited immigration, they are now a minority in their own homeland. It’s also clear that the Wiki piece on the polls was written by a Russian – the lack of articles for some nouns is a giveaway. However, the quoted polls are unarguable. Most of the residents of Crimea were happy to return to Russia.
The Cold War is over. Communism is dead, except among younger members of the Democratic Party in the US. We don’t need to be involved in quarrels among the European powers. As for “Russian aggression”, Russia has been invaded 3 times from Europe in the last two centuries. So they’re a bit paranoid.
In any case, it’s not our problem. Germany, I have been told, has demonstrated a certain skill in military matters. France and Britian are nuclear powers. So why do the poor old Americans have to get involved in these people’s problems? The Europeans are perfectly capable of defending themselves. We have enough problems of our own.
I have to say, it’s very strange to encounter a liberal warmonger.