Skip to comments.The Real Problem in Crimea: The issue is not so much what happened as it is how it happened
Posted on 03/22/2014 11:21:15 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Why is the independence plebiscite in Crimea followed fast by union with Russia bad? We have to be careful in answering that question.
Balkanization, or the division of states into different smaller nations, more often than not is good. Indeed, the independence of Ukraine itself was the result of the Balkanization of the Russian Marxist Empire, when a dozen new nations emerged out of the colonial possessions of the Russian Marxist Empire.
Recent history in Eastern Europe has shown that this is sometimes indispensable to peace and liberty. The Slovakian people had been joined to the Bohemian and Moravian people after the First World War, forming a new nation, Czechoslovakia. Nobody ever asked the Slovaks if they desired to be joined as the junior partner of a hybrid nation, and the tension let Hitler further his ambitions. Only after the end of the Cold War, when the Czechs allowed the Slovaks to execute the Velvet Divorce, did the problem of two peoples in one nation end.
Yugoslavia did not have a Velvet Divorce. The five peoples trapped in the hobbled nation of Yugoslavia, dominated by Serbs, won independence only after angry demonstrations and in some instances violence. The blood of Bosnia ought to remind us that an unthinking demand for the status quo among nations has no special virtue.
Belgium is composed of Flemings and Walloons, two peoples forced into a single nation by the great powers in order to provide a human buffer to the ambitions of other great powers. As a result of this unhappy union, the Belgians went over one year between general elections and the formation of a new government. Other free democracies also face possible fragmentation. Scotland next year may vote to become formally independent, and Quebec, again, is indicating that it may
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“Quebec, again, is indicating that it may form a separate land.”
Here’s what I just posted on a different thread:
Canada has already endured 2 referenda on Quebec separation. The separatist PQ government recently called an snap election. Support for the PQ has plummeted, mainly because most Québecois don’t want to risk another referendum on separatism.