Monday, March 17, 2014

The Irredentism Two-Step

Putin recognized Crimea today as independent.... is this anti-democratic, given yesterday's clear enunciation of Crimean thirst for union with Russia?  Nay.  It is the Irredentism Two-Step:

Step 1: Crimea becomes independent.
Step 2: Russia annexes Crimea.

So, then Russia can claim it did not violate the territorial integrity of Ukraine.  Tis a sham, right?  This denial that Russia would be engaged in such dastardly deeds is obviously as sham-tastic as the referendum.  This is for domestic audiences and committed confirmation biased folks abroad.  Otherwise, it is just as farcical as holding a pop quiz referendum, gaming the questions, and preventing dissent.

In a day or two or a few more, Russia will annex Crimea for the first act of irredentism by a great power since .... Germany in 1989 if you counted West Germany as a great power or China if you consider it to be a great power way back when it took over Tibet.  Non-great powers?  Armenia is probably still the most recent, but I could be forgetting someone.  Serbia's and Croatia's dueling irredentists both failed ultimately. 

What music goes best with the Irredentism Two-Step?

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