I'm buying my marshmallows
Why should the U.S. care, it's 15 000 miles away?
WW3 will probably be a ME event.
I don't get it, people. Assad slaughters 100k and gasses the capital, and people don't want to get involved. A mostly western nation intervenes with an instability issue on its border and NOW people want to do something? That doesn't make any sense. WTF kind of priorities are those?
I'm surprised you even contemplate this as a solution. i mean, I don't blame you... the thought of going up against Russia in any sort of conflict is very, very undesirable.
In the 1700s if I recall correctly, the Russian Empire took Crimea and kicked the Ottomans' asses while doing so. Crimea was mostly a tartar land back then, the final refuge of a dying form of government, a remnant of the hordes that inhabited the southern part of Russia after the 1300s. And yes, it was populated mostly by Russians afterwards who moved there -> Crimea was a strategic asset to the Tsarists because it gave them access to the black sea... a way to build up their navy for further wars with the ottomans -> lots of jobs in the shipbuilding industry. So people who say that Crimea should belong to Russia are not without a claim on it all... but if that were the case, why now? Why 24 years after the USSR fell are Ukraine got it's independence are they pushing for this? They could have taken it any point until now?
It's not because of "ethnicity" or nationalism or anything of the sorts, it's to salvage a strategic military area from what Russia perceives as a hostile territory... or rather, a territory that will uncontrollable if it falls under the EU influence, which it will. And I think it's rather ****ty of Putin to instigate ethnic tensions and promote cheap propaganda just to satisfy getting a military important area under his control. The ramifications to this kind of psychological, ethno-warfare are hard to quantify until after the dust settles.
If Ukraine loses Crimea, or other regions in the East, you will effectively state that something called "ukrainian" is just a sub-slavic group... something that exists only in the absence of Russian because Russian is the real deal and Ukrainian is like, the leftovers. You invalidate all that ukrainian intellectuals or people of culture have tried to reinvigorate over the past decades. This is why I cannot support a decision of splitting up Ukraine because it's more than just a territorial thing, it's a cultural identity thing.
We've held on to a balance since the end of WW2 with the Soviets/Russians, and the eastern bloc states have always been the battleground. The further West the Russian influence goes, the less secure Europe is in the long run.
"If I take death into my life, acknowledge it, and face it squarely, I will free myself from the anxiety of death and the pettiness of life - and only then will I be free to become myself." ~ Martin Heidegger