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​5 referendums that the West has not taken issue with

14.03.2014 08:03

The West has condemned the upcoming referendum in Crimea as “illegitimate” and is preparing sanctions against Russia. However, the West’s seemingly random policy on other referendums hints at a double standard in their governments’ rhetoric.

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Jason Chorostecki 16.03.2014 18:57

Quebec, Canada...twice.


Rich Barrett 16.03.2014 18:56

How can it stand that the Ukraine can have a revolution that overthrows it's lawfully elected government and that is commended by the west as the sovereign right of the Ukranian people to choose their representation BUT when Crimea attempts it WITHOUT overthrowing it's lawful government, it's decried as illegal? I would say after the coup, Crimea had no further obligation to the Ukraine.

Pe rsonally I think the revolt was most likely western backed in order to grab control over that region and stabilize the energy supplies for the west. It just seems TOO convenient for it to be anything else ...


M H 16.03.2014 18:47

It seems to me that the future of Crimea should be decided by Crimeans, and the world must accept the outcome of that decision. If they feel that an alliance with Russia is more beneficial to them politically, economically, and ethnically, then so be it. Who arbitrarily decides that the Ukraine's interest in Crimea has more weight than Russia's? How hypocritical we are here in the West to demand that you're only free to make the choices we select for you.


Andrei Bilderburger 16.03.2014 18:42

Mr. Putin is being too paranoid. He needs to learn the American parable of Brer Rabbit and the Briar patch. Then give Crimea back to Ukraine and let them figure out how to sort it out - if necessary with enough international monitors to prevent violence. I'm sure the Indians and Chinese would be happy to help with that, it doesn't have to mean NATO troops.

Soo n enough the rest of Ukraine will realize their country is going to work a lot better and be a lot more governable if Russia at least runs Crimea, if not owns it.

No country would back cancellation of the leases on Russian military bases in Ukraine.


William Bellah 16.03.2014 18:42

Southern California has a huge Mexican population, maybe one day they will figure out what's best for them, who knows?


orest goyan 16.03.2014 18:35

Sorry Russia; there are six !
Canada allowed the province of Quebec to hold a referendum to separate from Canada. It did and lost.
Obama is not against Putin because of Crimea; but because Putin would not allow Obama to spread his perverted, and ungodly, doctrine of perversion to the children of Russia !
I am ashamed of my country siding with that illegal, and fraudulent, and immoral, President of the USA.


Steve Meadows 16.03.2014 18:30

The Falklands is a good parallel because British troops occupied the Falklands at the time of the vote.

How could they vote at the barrel of gun??? Weren't the people intimidated by the British troops and forced to vote with the British????

Who knows how far the British will go if they are allowed to gobble up the Falklands.


Andrei Bilderburger 16.03.2014 18:15

The Scottish and Catalonian referenda are clearly legitimate since they're being conducted under (grudging) supervision or at least permission of the unquestioned sovereign.

Things get more slippery from there out, with the Falklands coming next in legitimacy - controlled by their long term sovereign, which permitted the referendum, the voters were at least in theory given the choice of being passed to a different sovereign.

As to Kosovo, who knows what really happened at this point? I'm sure the Kosovar and Serbian stories are completely different.


Clark Jerrell 16.03.2014 18:07

This list is kind of a crock.

Koso vo and South Sudan: Broke off because of the massive human rights violations in each province, Milosovich was brutalizing the population of Kosovo even before the rose up against the government in Belgrade. The animists in South Sudan were likewise being chopped down by the Islamic government in Khartoum. Both nations were rightfully backed in their quest for independent governments that could protect the interests of their people.

Fal klands: Argentina invaded to stop the referendum that they knew they would lose. UK was right to counterattack.


Sparta Man 16.03.2014 17:55

I love the enlightened commentary here, blasting RT as another one of Putin's 'tools'. Now you understand how many Americans feel about PBS and NPR here in the U.S. Same e x a c t thing. Except they serve the needs of the entire Democrat Party left, day in and day out. And all at U.S. taxpayer expense, mind you! Many of these complaining about RT's reliability are avid NPR listeners themselves, no doubt. Happily listening to NPR while driving their Prius to the natural foods co-op, or taking their wife or girlfriend to Planned Parenthood for the routine abortion. You know the type I'm talking about.

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