Crimea wants to secede from the Ukraine – the situation is more complicated now

The fact that the citizens of Crimea themselves want to break away from Ukraine certainly complicates things.

There is a potential for Civil War.

These questions of whether areas should be able to break away from a country and join another country or create a new country are always particularly sticky. On the one hand, you think the democratic process should decide. After all that’s what happened in Ukrainians recently. The U.S. is a particularly difficult position regarding this, because you know what the union’s stance was about this during the U.S. own civil war.

Obviously what Russia did was illegal. But if the people of Crimea themselves do not object, isn’t it hard to get worked up and feel the US should be involved?

This article is a good one, and worth the read. It talks about the legality of what is happening.

I think what is “legal” in the cases of revolutions is pretty much ad hoc and just depends on your own political interests.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/ukraine-crisis/crimea-says-it-wants-secede-ukraine-whats-next-n45966

Blockade Gaza

I’m against war and don’t think it is acceptable for Hamas to launch missiles at civilian centers in Israel or for Israel to bomb areas where civilians are sure to be hit in Gaza. 

Hamas is a terrorist group and has no moral justification for targeting civilians. Israel isn’t targeting civilians, but its disproportionate response ends up killing even more civilian as “collateral damage”. 

I am in favor of blockades and embargoes. People say this is also “collective punishment”, but under a blockade I would also be in favor of allowing affected civilians to leave for protected areas – either in Israel or Egypt. And then starve Hamas out. 

Obviously letting Hamas continue to lob missiles into Israel is also an intolerable situation, so something must be done. A blockade seems the most peaceful thing to try. 
doug