Tuesday, March 18, 2014

So, That Happened

The Crimean Russians voted rather overwhelmingly (the word is that the Tatars and ethnic Ukrainians boycotted it, amid reports that the ballots had only a 'Yes' blank) to secede from Ukraine and declare themselves an independent state.  This basically lays the groundwork for the Russian-leaning legislature to "accept" an "offer" by the Russian Federation's State Duma for incorporation into the Federation.

Of course, the Russians also cleared the lines to Crimea's rear by seizing a natural gas plant on the Kherson Peninsula, Crimea's sole energy resource.  No fools, they, right?  One might think they had this planned out . . .

Now attention is turning toward the city of Donetsk and the Donbass industrial region, which is directly across the Don River from Mother Russia.  And with about 30,000 troops concentrating near said border, any bets about the Russian Army being sent in to "safeguard" ethnic Russians from "repression?"

The West and the US have started economic sanctions, and the new 'red line' just happens to include the ethnic Russian-dominated eastern 2/3 of the country.  More sanctions are being contemplated. 

Of course, the "Bomb 'Em All" crowd in Washington and among the Punditocracy are foaming at the mouth and masturbating feverishly - they got their Cold War back!  Nukes!  Underhanded, sneaky Russkis!  All the wonderful shit the world lived in fear of for fifty gods-damned years!

Good times!

I expect the following to come from the semen-dripping mouths of Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Lindsey Graham, et. al. any day now:


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