I found THESE TWO MAPS
to be extremely illuminating about the entire political situation within Ukraine.
Situationally, I don't see any moral difference between Iraq/Saddam Hussain violating sovereign borders to invade Kuwait in the 1990's and Russia/Putin violating sovereign borders to invade a major region of Ukraine now. If we went to war over the former, and we don't go to war over the latter, then obviously more than moral considerations are going on.
God the comments section on that hurt my head. As for the Kuwait comparison it doesn't really fit the bill here. Huge difference between Iraq and Kuwait, and Russia and Crimea. Russia was ASKED to come to Crimea.
A better comparison would be France and Mali. Mali like Ukraine, had violent protests, Mali like Ukraine had their government overthrown due to protests, The North Region like Crimea, asked their closest friends for help, France like Russia answered that call for help, France like Russia beefed up security at their military bases, France like Russia placed military units at key infrastructure and service hubs (airports, boarder crossing, major highways, sea ports*if Mali had any). The protesters in Mali like Ukraine have been linked to shady elements, in Mali it is links to Al Qaeda, and in Ukraine the Bandera **** movement.
No one called that an invasion, and this is hardly an invasion either. Russia all ready controls Crimea...why invade something you already "own". Its just a game, Obama played his hand with overthrowing the democratically elected pro East Government, and now Putin is playing his by kicking up a bunch of sand in America's face to show West Ukraine they aren't going to find support from NATO, and like Victoria Nuland said....@#%^ the EU. Edited, Mar 3rd 2014 6:18pm by rdmcandie