If Ron Paul really, truly believes that this was an uncoerced vote of self-determination then my opinion of The Idjut just went down the toilet.
Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away? (Obviously not a fan of John Doone) Or as Hillary might put it, "What difference does it make?" Yeah, you're in real solid company, Ronnie.
That said, as an autonomous republic with a lot of Russian occupiers after the Holodomor, Crimea is an area that could be flipped. Just don't kid yourself that the announced "93% in favor" is any more real than Kim Jung-un's "unanimous" election.
And if you consider yourself someone who holds hands with any of Russia's neighbors, don't come crying when the Bear bites your hand off. After all, "treaty" is just Russian for "toilet paper". Get used to it.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat.
Or it could have gone like this: - Hey, are you following me? - Ummm, yes. - May I ask why? - Well, uh, we've had a number off robberies in this neighborhood lately, and I don't recognize you... - Oh, well, I'm Travon Martin, I'm spending the summer at my uncle's in unit 12. I expect you'll see a lot of me this summer. - OK, thanks, good to know. I'm George Zimmerman, by the way. They shake hands. - No, thank you for keeping an eye out for your neighbors!
Now you're just talkin' like a creepy-@$$ cracker!