A small editorial on Crimea –
I recall when the European Union was created, economists and ‘intellectuals’ around the world decreed that it was the ‘end’ of the American Empire. Europe, for some reason, was seen as eminent to us, and now that they had ‘united,’ they were going to become a powerhouse that would put our economic engines to shame. For a short while, their ‘euro’ was even worth more than our ‘dollar’ (in my opinion, mainly because of the PR campaign that editorialists/journalists did around the world, spinning Europe as the next ‘utopia’ of the world).
Despite my being an ardent American (friends even call me “Captain America” at times) I honestly love Europe, and I love the European Union. I love the fact that they created a united banking system that would now sustain their diverse economy. I’m still baffled though, by the fact that they didn’t even place a EURO-FDIC on the entire thing (can you believe that not every European country insures the deposits of individual accounts, and the ones who do, only do it to the tune of around $30K?). And without the EURO-FIDC, what’s the incentive to even put money in a bank? A mattress probably suffices. In addition, while the Euro system, like ours, in America, can print money easily, mechanically controlling parts of the economy, they never set rules for what happens in terms of failure. Let’s put it this way – if Florida decided to give labor-union jobs to everyone, with no expectation of working (cough *Greece*) and then cried their way to Wash DC for more money, Congress would tell them “tough luck” (at least I hope).
This gets me to Crimea. I honestly have mixed feelings on this. For those of you who haven’t studied the issue, it’s not hard to understand. Crimea is home to many types of people, but it also has TONS of ethnic Russians. From the sounds of it, those Russians want Crimea to be reunited with Russia, and their pushes for such change is what’s causing the turmoil. On one hand, I think Russia should stay out. On the other hand, when Chechnyans ask to be liberated from Russia, when sects of Indonesians ask for East Timor to be built, when Kashmiris ask for their own land, and when Sudanese people ask for Darfur to be created, it’s difficult for me not to sympathize with any of these movements. The point I’m getting to? I’m conflicted as to whether Putin is the bad guy here, because there seems to be a lot of people in Crimea who welcome his ‘occupation.’
Which gets me to this main, most important point – if you are a Euro-Nationalist, then Russia has basically invaded a European country. That’s right – Russia has walked right into the Ukraine, basically said “F-U guys” and has just taken over, arguably, the most valuable peninsula in Eastern Europe. For any Euro-Nationalist, this is an INVASION… but does the European Union give a damn?
I really don’t think this is the beginning of the Soviet Union Part 2. I honestly think Putin wants Crimea for economic reasons, and if anything, this shows a side of Russia that is trying to become more economically sustainable, rather than war-like. But what this does signal? Well… let’s put this way…
I’ve never visited Kentucky. I would like to someday. It seems like a beautiful state. But nonetheless, I have never visited. I consider myself a Son of the Southwest and I’m proud to live in California. But if Vladimir Putin invaded Kentucky, you can BET that I would be on my way to Louisville with a rifle in my hand…
It doesn’t seem like Europeans feel the same way about their brothers and sisters, which is why… Crimea is not the beginning of the New Soviet Union, not the end of the Ukraine, but it is the end of the European Union.
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