There definitely was a stretch where some of the American opposition appeared to back the Ukrainian protestors simply because they back any protest group fighting any government anywhere. There didn't seem to be an understanding that street groups overthrowing an elected government could indeed be making things worse. When the overthrow of that government seems to unleash the nazi genie from the bottle in which it had been imprisoned, sometimes just cheering for riot porn because you like seeing people fight cops isn't a good idea.
However, in the last few days, more of the opposition voices seemed to have become more enlightened as to what was going on. Perhaps seeing leaders who honor world war II war criminals and then send their thugs out with hammers and clubs to intimidate political meetings opened up a few eyes.
Anyways, I haven't felt the need to write as it seems I've been joined my more voices trying to raise the truth about what is going on.
At this point, the key place to watch is the eastern Ukraine. Listen for names of cities like Donetz and Dnepropetrovsk. All the news is about the Crimea, but the Crimea is over and settled. Traditional American policy is going to prevail there, and not the Obama/Kerry heresy of late. By traditional American policy, I mean the following.
We hold these truths to be self-evident,So, in the Crimea, it now seems very likely that we'll get a government that the people of the Crimea feels is 'most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness'. In other words, they won't be ruled by Svoboda and the Right Sector from Kiev. An outcome Thomas Jefferson would be very happy with, even while it appears to massively piss off this era's King George, Barack Obama, and his foreign minister Kerry, the Earl of Ketchup.
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security
The eastern Ukraine is where to watch. The situation is similar in that these are cities that are historically Russian and that supported President Yanukovych in the last elections held in the Ukraine. These areas are showing strong opposition to the idea of being ruled by oligarch's appointed as governors by the revolutionary government in Kiev. Like Mr. Jefferson in a previous era, they want to have a new government that they feel will better effect their safety and happiness than being ruled by parties in Kiev who honor Nazi war criminals.
Yet, while this area was another historically Russian area, it doesn't have the special autonomous status the Crimea always had in the Ukraine, and there are no treaties that allow Russian soldiers to be there. That doesn't mean that Russia won't intervene to protect Russian people from abuse. In fact, I'd say that if images start appearing on Russian TV of Ukrainian Russians be attacked or oppressed, then the outcry in Russia will be so large that no Russia leader could do anything other than to respond.
To try to put this in terms an American can relate to, imagine if Texas had once again gained its independence from the US. After the last election, there were petitions to do just that. Then imagine that street mobs with strong Al-Qaeda ties had just overthown the Texan government, and now we were seeing on American TV people who look American, sound American, and act American but who live in Texas being attacked by Al-Qaeda leaning street thugs who've seized the government. Imagine what reaction that would get when those images were on American TV. We'd be sending troops to Texas to protect the Americans there in a heartbeat. So, don't imagine that the Russian people won't demand the same response from their government if they see Russians on TV being attacked by Nazi-leaning street thugs.
The last legal government of the Ukraine, President Yanukovych, has already officially requested assistence from Russia. And Russia's legislature has already given Mr. Putin the authority to use Russian troops to protect Russians in the Ukraine. And make no mistake, while so far Mr. Putin is sensibly holding back and trying not to escalate the situation further, if forced to intervene by attacks on Russians in the Ukraine, its a sure be he will do so. And undoubtedly will do so decisively.
So, watch the eastern Ukraine.