The Crimea Referendum: tragedy or farce?

We have a while to wait for the official result of the referendum in crimea about whether the autonomous territory will split from Ukraine and join Russia but with voting finished exit polls are predicting 93% of Crimeans have voted for a Russian future.

Its probably just coincidence that the votes for Russia are more or less in line with the numbers who used to vote for the government in elections under the soviet regime.

But enough whimsy, where does this leave the EU and USA? The EU has already rejected the vote on the grounds that voting for options Brussels does not like is undemocratic and violates international law and citing the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty as a precedent will demand that the people of Crimea vote again and keep voting until they get it right. But what of America? This is how one Russian cartoonist sees it:

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If the result is confirmed as it surely will be, this leaves Obama and his Scooby Doo villain Secretary Of State in a spot. After all the threats and sabre rattling they now have to do something. But what?

Over to the cartoonists again:

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3 Responses to “The Crimea Referendum: tragedy or farce?”

  1. Athelstan Says:

    Tragedy if you’re eastern Ukrainian, farce if you’re anybody else.
    The U.S has historically always interfered politically with central and south American countries but that’s somehow OK.

  2. Athelstan Says:

    Tragedy if you’re eastern Ukrainian, farce if you’re anybody else.
    The U.S has historically always interfered politically with central and south American countries but that’s somehow OK.

    • ianrthorpe Says:

      Interesting question being asked of US / EU leaders in the blogosphere, if Kosovo splitting from Serbia which involved the slaughter of ethnic serbs was legal and justified how come Crimea where they held a referendum (though the result was a foregone conclusion) illegal?

      Nobody is expecting answers.

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