Yes, the U.S. should
No, the U.S. shouldn't
It was always too much to hope for that the US might mind its own ****ing business for once. But sure, if it comes to that, why not? 'Recognise' them, by all means. Not that there are a plethora of options here. In this instance, it's powerless to act.
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
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If we recognize the vote to succeed from the Ukraine, it will give the green light to any country to simply peacefully invade another country with it's citizens. Could you imagine if the citizens of some of the souther states of the US voted to succeed to Mexico? And if they did, would we be outraged, or would we simply succeed our land?
- There was never a good war, or a bad peace.
- Idealistically, everything should work as you planed it to. Realistically, it depends on how idealistic you are as to the measure of success.
- Better to be a pessimist before, and an optimist afterwords.
Those states were developed with the help of the rest of the nation and they would not have what they do were it not for the rest of the country. For them to "take their ball and go home", when others bought the ball, is not legit.
Crimea represents tremendous strategic importance to Ukraine. Losing that, without agreed upon compensation, is a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.
Why can't Ukraine take everything in Crimea, all the infrastructure, and dump all of its waste on Crimea before the secession?
The ballot only offers seccession to independence or to join Russia. There is not a 'no' on the ballot, it is obviously a invalid ballot dreamed up by the Putin.