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Ron Paul in USA Today: Crimea secedes, so what?

by Ron Paul | March 17, 2014

Residents of Crimea voted over the weekend on whether they would remain an autonomous region of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation. In so doing, they joined a number of countries and regions — including recently Scotland, Catalonia and Venice — that are seeking to secede from what they view as unresponsive or oppressive governments.

These latter three are proceeding without much notice, while the overwhelming Crimea vote to secede from Ukraine has incensed U.S. and European Union officials, and has led NATO closer to conflict with Russia than since the height of the Cold War.

What's the big deal? Opponents of the Crimea vote like to point to the illegality of the referendum. But self-determination is a centerpiece of international law. Article I of the United Nations Charter points out clearly that the purpose of the U.N. is to "develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples."

Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away?
Critics point to the Russian "occupation" of Crimea as evidence that no fair vote could have taken place. Where were these people when an election held in an Iraq occupied by U.S. troops was called a "triumph of democracy"?

Perhaps the U.S. officials who supported the unconstitutional overthrow of Ukraine's government should refocus their energies on learning our own Constitution, which does not allow the U.S. government to overthrow governments overseas or send a billion dollars to bail out Ukraine and its international creditors.

Read more:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/03/17/crimea-ukra...



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Critics point to the Russian "occupation" of Crimea as evidence that no fair vote could have taken place.

EXACTLY what I thought during the 2008, 2012 primaries and elections.

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Ron Paul on Crimea: Why does U.S. care?

'Former Rep. Ron Paul says that America’s reaction to Crimea’s vote to secede from Ukraine should be, “so what?”
“Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away?” the Texas Republican and libertarian icon wrote in a USA Today op-ed Monday.

'The comments show a contrast with the former presidential candidate and his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is considered a potential 2016 Republican contender.'

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/ron-paul-crimea-united...

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There is a poll on the same page at USA Today

that asks if you agree with this opinion. Currently, out of 933 votes, 63% strongly agree, 22% agree, 3% don't know, 5% disagree, and 8% strongly disagree.

I think the the folks who disagree are in the minority. Yay!

"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself within" W. Durant

up to 66%

with 1743 Votes

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Yah! is right

remember Syria.

And that's super awesome

that that's in the USA Today. That gets a lot of readers.

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I thought the same thing

It's as good as Paul getting interviews all over MSM. This is good for the uninformed readers.

But secession gets you closer

to consent of the governed! What next? Texas? Do you want the power brokers of this world afraid of losing their ability to control whole nations? You won't like them and nominate them for Nobel Peace Prizes when they're angry.

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