Russia Steamrolls Over the United Nations

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


03ED2C87-A736-4FAF-95EA-FA842A4B8D43_w640_r1_sIn the phony Crimean referendum held on Sunday March 16th, 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining Russia, Russian officials say. The vote was boycotted by many Crimeans loyal to the Ukraine central government in Kiev, including Tartars who make up about 12% of the Crimean population. Sergei Aksyonov, Crimea’s leader installed last month after the Russians effectively occupied Crimea, announced that his government will formally apply on Monday to join the Russian Federation. Shortly after the polls closed, the Obama administration issued a statement rejecting the referendum.

The United Nations Security Council voted Saturday March 15th on a draft resolution addressing the Ukrainian crisis, which was supposed to send a signal to Russia to back off from moving ahead to absorb Crimea into Russia. It doesn’t seem to have had any effect. Russia has said that it will respect the results of the referendum.

Thirteen members voted in favor of the draft Security Council resolution. China abstained. Only Russia, not surprisingly, voted no, which killed the resolution because of Russia’s veto power. In the best line of all the statements made by members of the Security Council following the vote, France’s UN Ambassador, Gerard Araud, exclaimed that “Russia vetoed the UN Charter.”

The vetoed draft resolution began with a reference to Article II of the UN Charter, which calls for member states to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state. It cited bilateral and multilateral agreements that Russia had signed guaranteeing the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. It stressed the importance of maintaining an inclusive political dialogue in Ukraine that “includes representation from all parts of Ukraine,” and reaffirmed the Security Council’s “commitment to the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.” Finally, in keeping with these principles, the draft resolution criticized the Crimean referendum to endorse the secession of Crimea and absorption into the Russian Federation. It declared that “this referendum can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea,” and called upon all member states and international organizations “not to recognize any alteration of the status of Crimea on the basis of this referendum.”

In the midst of the discussions following the Security Council vote, Ukrainian UN Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev made the dramatic announcement that he had just been informed of the movement of Russian troops from Crimea into the Ukraine mainland, signifying a dangerous expansion of Russia’s aggressive moves into Ukrainian sovereign territory. “Stop the aggressor,” he pleaded to the Security Council. His plea came two days after Ukrainian interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk turned toward the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, and bluntly asked whether “Russians want war.” Ambassador Churkin responded that neither the Russian government nor the Russian people wanted war.

Perhaps the Russian people themselves don’t want war, but Russian President Vladimir Putin takes no stock of what the Russian people may think or want if he has a different opinion. He has turned the Soviet Union Communist dictatorship into a pre-Soviet style Russian imperial oligarchy under one-man political rule. Now, as the New York Times described the situation in Crimea,

“[W]ith a mix of targeted intimidation, an expansive military occupation by unmistakably elite Russian units and many of the trappings of the election-season carnivals that have long accompanied rigged ballots across the old Soviet world, Crimea has been swept almost instantaneously into the Kremlin’s fold.”

The provocative actions of Russian forces inside Crimea, and now possibly within the Ukrainian mainland, speak louder than Ambassador Churkin’s assurances of Russia’s peaceful intentions.

Russia’s persistent attempt to justify the Crimean referendum as an exercise in self-determination is, as Ambassador Power said last Thursday in response to my question regarding this Russian assertion, nothing more than an attempt to define self-determination as “Russia-determination.”

In deference to the principle of territorial integrity, international law is loath to recognize a unilateral right of secession for all peoples. Russia acknowledges in principle that secession is justified in only exceptional circumstances, but claims that what it calls a coup d’état in Ukraine by “radicals” justifies the right of the Crimean people to secede from Ukraine if they wish. The problem with this argument is that it is not up to Russia to determine the legality of the change of government in Kiev and, on that basis, inject its own military presence in Crimea in support of the referendum.

Russia is free to accept as citizens in its own country Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine who no longer feel safe living in Ukraine under present circumstances. But the Tartar minority now living freely in Crimea, who have suffered deportation and killings at the hands of the Soviets when they controlled Ukraine, have nowhere else to go and remain safe. Crimea is their homeland. Russia of all countries, given its past brutal treatment of the indigenous Tartar population in Crimea, has no business forcing its will to favor one ethnic group over another in an independent country on the other side of internationally recognized borders with Russia.

In any case, Russia’s oft-stated rationale for providing military support to the Russian-speaking citizens in Ukraine — that these citizens’ rights are being violated by ultra-nationalist “radicals” entering Crimea from other parts of Ukraine – is bogus. According to international monitors who have tried to gather evidence of human rights violations in Crimea and elsewhere in Ukraine, no evidence to date has been found to back up the Russian claim. And Russia and its allies in Crimea are not providing any support for such international monitors to enter Crimea safely, suggesting that it is they who have something to hide.

As for Russia’s superficial comparison of the Crimea referendum to Kosovo’s declaration of independence in 2008, United Kingdom’s UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant summed up the response best in his remarks to reporters after Saturday’s UN Security Council meeting:

There is no comparison between the two cases. The Kosovo vote for independence, declaration of independence, came after a brutal war in which, as you say, there were massive human rights abuses; hundreds of thousands of people were killed, and the Security Council Resolution 1244 itself accepted that the status of Kosovo was disputed. None of those conditions apply in Crimea.

In his remarks on Saturday explaining Russia’s veto, Ambassador Churkin lashed out at both the proposed resolution and its supporters. He accused Ukraine of having blood on its hands as a result of the violent protests last month that led to the ousting of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko. And he challenged Washington “to tell the truth” about its own role in the events leading up to the crisis.

Speaking about truth, U.S Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said during her condemnation of Russia’s veto that, while Russia has the power to veto a Security Council resolution, “it does not have the power to veto the truth.” She placed the blamed for the crisis squarely on Russia’s shoulders:

The crisis came with a label – made in Moscow.  It was Moscow that ordered its armed forces to seize control of key facilities in Crimea, to bully local officials, and to threaten the country’s eastern border.  It was Moscow that tried to fool the world with a false narrative about extremism and the protection of human rights – about refugees fleeing, and about attacks on synagogues. The reality is that the part of Ukraine where minorities are threatened is Crimea, where Russian forces have confronted Ukrainians, and spread fear within the Tatar community - which has endured Russian purges and ethnic cleansing in the past and fears now that this bitter past will serve as prologue.

Ambassador Power accused Russia of double standards when it came to the issue of territorial integrity, a principle which Russia has supported in the past. As for the Crimean referendum, the “whole world knows,” Ambassador Power said, that it “was hatched in the Kremlin and midwifed by the Russian military. It is inconsistent with Ukraine’s constitution and international law. It is illegitimate and it will have no legal effect.”

Russia had not a single supporter on the Security Council. No other member spoke out in favor of the Russian position. Most of the members forcefully condemned Russia’s actions and rationales. Some noted the cardinal UN Charter principles at stake, as well as Russia’s violation of its own bilateral and multilateral agreements with Ukraine in which it promised to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

China, while abstaining and raising concerns about the timing of the resolution, emphasized its consistent support of the principle of territorial integrity and the need for political dialogue. Its Ambassador Liu Jieyi was the voice of moderation and reconciliation, suggesting the establishment of an international coordinating mechanism to discuss the crisis, restraint by all parties to the conflict and increased financial assistance to Ukraine through international institutions.

The price Russia will pay for its naked aggression against Ukraine will, at minimum, be international isolation and sanctions. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned of serious consequences for Russia as early as Monday if Russia does not back off.  The European Foreign Ministers will be meeting on Monday. The United Kingdom’s UN Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant told reporters after the Security Council session adjourned that “[I]f the referendum goes ahead on Sunday, then I think we can see a reaction from the European leaders on Monday.”

Sanctions and asset freezes may be too little too late. Moreover, Putin can retaliate, causing severe disruptions to American and European businesses operating in Russia and cutting off fuel supplies to Europe. Moreover, Asian countries are far from likely to participate in any sanctions.

There is only one language that Putin understands – military pressure. That means, at minimum, an announcement by the Obama administration that it will install missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic after all. And, for good measure, the Obama administration should make clear that it will plan for installation of such systems and other highly sophisticated military equipment in the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and in western Ukraine if Russia does not immediately withdraw its troops back to where they belong.

Today Russia stands exposed as an outlaw state operating in the same manner that led to two World Wars. As French UN Ambassador Araud noted, “We are going back to 1914, and we are in 2014.”

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  • BagLady

    Excuse me. It’s nowhere near your country so butt out. Putin moves west to create a buffer zone between the ever advancing NATO and how does the West react? Pushes even further East. Poor Ukraine has no idea how it feels to be ‘helped’ by the US and EU. Must they really look forward to their cities resembling Homs?

    • Katya

      Thank you so much for your post. Now we can feel their “help” to its full extent.

    • reader

      Buffer zone? Weren’t you the one who demanded to get a map? Did you ever see one?

      • BagLady

        Lost the one I had but this is quite informative.

        • reader

          Wow, you did get the map! And how is Crimea a buffer zone exactly? I’m all attention.

          • BagLady

            Putin drew a ‘red line’ and, unlike Obama, meant it when he said “Don’t cross it”. That’s the limit of the buffer zone.

            “On Feb. 10, 1990, between 4 and 6:30 p.m., Genscher spoke with Shevardnadze. According to the German record of the conversation, which was only recently declassified, Genscher said: “We are aware that NATO membership for a unified Germany raises complicated questions. For us, however, one thing is certain: NATO will not expand to the east.” And because the conversion revolved mainly around East Germany, Genscher added explicitly: “As far as the non-expansion of NATO is concerned, this also applies in general.”

            I wonder how the Ukrainians will vote after a couple of years of IMF austerity — Greek model, apparently. They won’t escape so easily from their very cold new poverty as the Crimeans, with those ‘weapons-shields’ shaped like a sickle around them. No doubt they’ll be getting a good hammering soon as the new National Guard, headed by Neo-Nazi Andriy Parubiy, and ‘assisted’ by various NGOs and jihadi groups, swings into action to quell unrest.

            America has little to lose from harsh sanctions against Putin since it doesn’t house all its oligarchs. In fact, it has much to gain. Too much fuel now I see, with your new tar sands. Price is going down with no punters abroad. Think of the wheat you could export to Europe if you cut off the supply from Russia.

            Europe has no wish to shoot itself in the foot and will go easy, picking which non-entity will have his assets frozen and which will not, but go no further.

          • reader

            What? Buffer zones are created for avoiding surprise attacks by the enemy, not the other way around. “Buffer zone” cannot possibly be created of the peninsula that has no ground border with the country supposedly needing one – like it is the case with Crimea. In addition to that, “buffer zones” are not created to get closer to the alleged enemy – this is the opposite of creating the “buffer zone.” This is the old orwellian schtick for morons like you – starting with calling so the division of Poland in 1939. Poland had been the “buffer zone” and both Hitler and Stalin would erase it. That’s how the “surprised” attack of June 22, 1941 would become possible.

          • BagLady

            According to all the maps I look at, Ukraine is about the only country left between advancing NATO forces and Russia proper. Putin keeps his navy in the Black Sea. Would you have him leave them exposed?

            http://globaldiscussion.net/uploads/monthly_02_2014/post-2018-0-47573200-1393412413.jpg

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      So, it’s the West’s … and NATO’s … fault, in your estimation? Putin wouldn’t have designs on recreating the Russian empire. He’s just a plain-spoken, well-meaning, small “d” democrat?

  • Katya

    Obama regime claims that the referendum is not legal because the fate of
    Crimea should be solved by all Ukraine. But in its time, Washington stole
    Kosovo from Serbia and did not allow Serbs to vote on its separation. By the
    way, the Crimean government was legally elected, while its counterpart in Kiev
    is self-proclaimed and therefore illegitimate. Obviously, the Obama regime is
    absolutely shameless: anything that does not meet the interests of Washington
    is automatically declared illegal, and vice versa.
    In my opinion, the main argument of the American policy can be formulated in
    one sentence: “Because we said so! “
    In Syria, the United States openly supported al-Qaeda militants. Although since
    2001 the United States, in theory, has led war against Al Qaeda. How so? The
    thing is that at a particular moment in Syria these militants from Al Qaeda
    acted in the interests of Washington. Al-Qaeda jihadis? No problem! We will
    call them freedom fighters. Now the same thing is happening in my country.
    Nazis? Very good! If it’s in our interest we can cooperate with the Naziz ! What’s the difference what kind of people they are ! Let’s call them something else. Let media advertise them in any other way, it would be good to blow about the “Russian propaganda”. Sadly, if you are acting in the interests of Washington, it doesn’t matter who you are and how you behave.
    Ukrainian woman

    • Wolfthatknowsall

      Reluctantly, there’s a part of me that agrees with you. The United States has a president who is “uncomfortable” with the notion of victory. We have shown an incredible amount of weakness, and any dictator would take advantage of the opportunities presented by that. Mr. Putin is no different.

      Of course, the “illegal government in Kiev” is only in power because the Russia-leaning dictator wannabe had to flee, after he had killed the requisite number of Ukrainians …

  • TheDoc

    The Tatars are victims? Wait a minute, is this a liberal website or is this frontpagemag?

    You want to turn the Turko-Mongol Islamic invaders (known as the Tatars) into victims?

    And you have the audacity to call these invaders the “indigenous people of Crimea”? Do you know any history or is your anti-Russian agenda so bad that it makes you sympathetic even with the worst enemies of western civilization?

    The Tatars are NOT the indigenous people of Crimea. The Tatars came from Mongolia during the Mongol invasion of Europe. They’re a mixture of Turks and Mongols, neither of whom are indigenous to Europe. They invaded Europe, established a vassal state to the Ottoman empire (known as the Crimean Khanate) and were responsible for something known as the “harvest of steppes”, which you can search for on Google, where they built a reputation of capturing millions of European slaves (mostly women) and either raping them or shipping them off to their Ottoman masters.

    These are the so called indigenous people of Crimea?

    Get your facts straight next time! Crimea belongs to Russia.

    Get your priorities straight as well. Russia isn’t your enemy.

    One last thing. Don’t blame the Russians for what the Soviets did. The Soviet union deported many people, including Russians. Stalin wasn’t even a Russian. He was from Georgia. The USSR moved every ethnic group around for political reasons.

    The last thing the west should do is stick up for the Islamist Turko-Mongol, non-European Tatars. Support them now and you’ll have something much worse than Al-Qaeda 20 years from today.

    • Joseph Klein

      I think it is you who needs to study history. As between the Crimean Tartars and the Russians, the Crimean Tartars preceded the Russians in Crimea. The Tartars can trace their presence at least as far back as the thirteenth century. Russia under Catherine the Great annexed Crimea in 1783.

      You are correct that hundreds of years ago Tartars in Crimea were active in the slave trade, as European slave traders were in Africa who deported Africans to the “New World.” Slave trading was immoral but sadly practiced back then on a wide scale. In the 9th and 10th centuries Russian merchants took East Slavic slaves into the Baltic.

      Your attempt to disassociate Russia from the horrors of the Stalin era is laughable to say the least. Putin has given credit to Stalin for making the Soviet Union a superpower and said that it was “impossible to make a judgment in general” about the man who made gulags, deportation and mass starvation into his personal trademarks. Putin has called the collapse of the Soviet Union one of the great tragedies of the twentieth century. First Georgia and now Ukraine are steps in Putin’s ambition to rebuild some sort of Russian empire.

      You are right that we may end up with something as bad or worse than al Qaeda in Crimea, but it will be because Putin’s actions will have driven the Tartars – relatively peaceful until now – into the arms of the Chechnyan jihadists.

      • bob smith

        Joseph, if the muslim in chief is against the move by Putin and the Crimean referendum, then I am for it.

        In your article, you sadly and miserably failed by not mentioning George Soros and his meddling in both Crimea and the Ukraine at large not to mention all of the eastern European countries.

        There is much more to this under the surface and right or wrong, every EU and Western country who coddled up to despotic regimes (China) and despotic rulers (Obummer) will be to blame.

        Their TRANSFORMATION FOR THE NEW WORLD ORDER ala the Bilderberg group needs a swift kick in the nuts and I for one am happy that Putin refuses to play along.

        Your biggest concern is not Putin. Your concerns should be focused on the muslim in chief resident of the white house who is stealing the rights and freedoms of every American right from under our noses.

        You should be writing to the American people and screaming from the roof top of how Romney & Palin WARNED every American and global fool who backed the Manchurian candidate solely because he was black and his voting machines that were literally backed (and now bought) by Soros.

        This was coming and rather than insult me and other loyal followers of fpm by quoting none other than the traitorous pig Samantha Power, you need to be SHOUTING FROM THE ROOF TOPS THAT THE WORLD WILL BE WORSE AS THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE NOT ONLY RETURNS THE US MILITARY TO PRE WORLD WAR 2 LEVELS BUT THE WORLD ITSELF.

        The buffoon mocked Romney about the cold war mentality? Good on him and all of his followers.

      • TheDoc

        Joseph Klein, I think you need a little history lesson:

        1. The presence of Muslim Tatars in Crimea DOES NOT precede the presence of Russians. Unless you think human history began in the 13th century AD, you should probably know by now that the Russians have been living in Crimea and most of the Ukraine (including Kiev) since the 9th century AD. In fact, it was the Russians who established and built the modern day city of Kiev. The Ukraine, including the Crimean peninsula, is the ancestral homeland of the Russian people. From there, the Russian nation emerged in the 9th century in the form of the Kievan Rus confederacy.

        Read all about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

        Hopefully you now realize that the Russians have lived in Crimea LONG BEFORE the arrival of the Turko-Mongol (Tatar) invaders during the 13 century.

        2. Moreover, the Turko-Mongols (Tatars) were responsible for DESTROYING the Kievan Rus state in the 13th century. The Turko-Mongols (Tatars) were part of the Golden Horde khanate, which was a successor state of the Mongol empire that was responsible for invading Europe and laying waste to many European towns and cities.

        Again, you can read about it here:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mongol_invasion_of_Rus%27

        And here:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Tatar_and_Mongol_raids_against_Rus%27

        3. It’s not just about the Tatar slave trade. Slavery was the least of their crimes. The Tatars were notorious for committing wholesale massacres against their captured populations. Even Muslim Arab and Persian historical writers mentioned the unorthodox methods that Turko-Mongols used when waging wars against their enemies. These genocidal techniques were unusual, even by medieval standards, which explains why it left many people in BOTH Europe and the Middle East in total shock by the cruelty of these invading nomads.

        —————–

        So what’s my whole point?

        1. Contrary to your preposterous claims, the Muslim Tatars of Crimea are not indigenous to the region. They are Turko-Mongol, non-European invaders who have no legitimate claim over the land that they currently inhabit. As far as most people are concerned, they’re guests and are welcomed to stay in Crimea, but they’re not the natives of Crimea and have no legitimacy over that land.

        2. The Russians have more legitimacy over Crimea than any other existing ethnic group in the region. There’s no existing ethnic group that has better legitimacy over Crimea than the Russians.

        3. The western sympathy for Crimean Tatars is laughable. To blame the Russians for what Stalin did is unjust to the Russians because they were also victims of Stalin’s mass deportations. Furthermore, Stalin wasn’t even Russian. The western attempt to support Crimean Tatars is equivalent to giving support to a nation that wants to destroy you. It is illogical and reckless. Lastly, if anyone wants to offer sympathy to the Tatars for historical injustices, then let’s go ahead and offer MORE sympathy to the Russians and other Slavs for the barbaric crimes that were committed by the Tatars since the Mongol conquests.

        • Joseph Klein

          There are so many inaccuracies in your version of history that I don’t know where to begin. However, I’ll point out a few of the major ones.

          1. The Crimean Tartars of today are descendants from a mixture of European and Asia blood. “The ethnicity of the Crimean Tatars is quite complex as it absorbed both nomadic Turkic and European components (including, at first, the Goths and the Genoese) which is still reflected in their appearance and language differences. A small enclave of the Karaylar, generally believed to be of Khazar (i.e. Turkic) descent practising Karaism, was founded in the 8th century.”
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Crimea#In_the_Russian_Empire:_1783.E2.80.931917

          2. The word “Crimea” comes from the Crimean Tatar name Qırım via Golden Orde Mongolia Kherem, Kerm (Wall or Fortress) or via Greek Krimeía (Κριμαία).
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Crimea#In_the_Russian_Empire:_1783.E2.80.9319173 .

          3. The Russians did not establish Kiev. It was the Vikings who came from the west including areas now comprising Sweden who were responsible. Prince Oleg, who was a Varangian (translated Viking), “is credited with moving the capital of Rus’ from Novgorod the Great to Kiev and, in doing so, he laid the foundation of the powerful state of Kievan Rus’.”
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_of_Novgorod

          4. “The modern peoples of Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia all claim Kievan Rus’ as their cultural inheritance.”
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27
          For you to claim Ukraine as the ancestral home of the Russian people would be news to the Ukrainian people themselves.
          5. Putin does not disown Stalin. In fact, he admires Stalin. The Crimean Tartars have good reason to worry about their future under a Russian-controlled Crimea, given the past history of deportations etc. by Putin’s hero.

  • E. Toohey

    The black of the White house and the pro muslim UN have NO advice to give President elect Putin or the Crimean people who decided to go back to mother Russia !

    PS: The pre Clinton US of A are history. The Founding Fathers would be ashamed !

  • Vlad Lenin

    Who cares! the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

    • Gee

      Depends – in the Middle East it is the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy

  • FlyOnTheScrtm

    This article is disappointing. Why is the voting “phony?” Because it was not done by the US or EU? Just like the Muslims in Kosovo became victims and gave Europe its first Muslim nation in Europe you also want to create another? I am glad there is a Putin out there to stop all this nonsense. Many people out there in the world are fed up with the US and EU antics of believing they own the world and would tell everyone else how to behave or else…

    • Joseph Klein

      It’s the Russians who have thousands of troops all over Crimea intimidating anyone who dissents from their party line, not the U.S. or the EU. A referendum held under such intimidating conditions is a phony referendum.

      And, according to Vatican Radio, it is the pro-Russian forces whom abducted a pastor and a Ukrainian military chaplain after celebrating the liturgy. “Earlier this month, Ukrainian Greek Catholic priests received oral and written threats warning them to leave Crimea.” http://www.news.va/en/news/ukrainian-greek-catholic-priest-abducted-in-crimea

      According to another report, the last thing the abducted pastor Mykola Kvych managed to say was: “If I do not get in the touch anymore, then please report: they are smashing in the doors of my appartment on Khrustalyova street. They are the police and pro-russian “self-defense”, there are many of them, I have metal doors, but I do not know how long they will stand. “
      http://www.uaupdates.info/three-priests-of-greek-catholic-church-are-missing-in-crimea/
      I know that the truth sometimes hurts, but it will set you free if you open your mind to it.

    • Rosasolis

      Bravo Fly !!!! I am writing to you from Netherlands. Your commentar is the best I have read so far. We in Europe are not happy with Kosovo, and do not want to have another
      Islam state created in Europe. We are indeed fed up with Obama
      and Kerry…whenever did they every show any interest in Europe
      or European affairs…up until now!!!
      We are glad that we have Putin who will never sit still to allow more
      Islam terrorism in Russia. We are very worried about the weakened
      state that America now is in!
      Are you going to take part in, or support American Spring 2014
      in Washington, on May 16th? I wish I could join you, but I all I can do
      is wish you all much success in all your plans to show the world
      that Obama and Kerry do not rule the world!

      • bob smith

        i was very refreshed in hearing an opinion from an EU citizen who has seen the light on how phony the muslim in chief is and his sidekick fool kerry.

        let me ask you though, in your opinion, have most Europeans finally awakened to how dangerous this muslim president is and how dangerous he is at making America weaker and enemies like Iran stronger? how destabilizing this is for the balance of world stability?

        • Rosasolis

          Bob, thank-you very much for your reply. I think many
          Europeans are now very worried about the influence
          of Obama and his very corrupt government! Yesterday
          we followed the Putin’s speech on the BBC whereby he stated that
          the Kremin will not tolerate Neo-Nazi’s and
          Anti-Semities. Since the fall of the Soviets, the relation
          between Netherlands and Russia has been restored
          and we are working together…in every field!
          Obama and Kerry will not break our renewed
          relationship with Russia. We have been working so well
          together in so many fields: music and other forms of
          culture, medicine, agriculture, science and in
          future space missions such as the missions to Mars.
          Many government ministers and even more ordinary
          citizens in Europe are very worried about the Islam
          Take-over, and its support from your hysterical and incapable leader OBAMA.
          PUTIN and his government will never let the Islam
          take over Russia.!

    • BagLady

      The White House said that the people were voting through fear and bullying. Not a shred of evidence of course. An 85% turnout with the occasional dissenter. Not a scuffle anywhere.

  • VarAway

    @mr.klein

    I always enjoy your columns, but this time you are dead wrong on Putin & Crimea

    @ Katya

    I could not agree MORE with you!

    Mr. Klein, you even dare to mention China ( how about Tibet? ).
    The current “regime” in Kiev is illegal, the elected Government in Crimea is the
    legal voice of the people there. When they want a referendum, let them have it.
    Even if you, the EU and the USA do not like the outcome…

    Let me refresh you memory about western style ” democracy(?)”.
    A very recent one. We had a referendum about the EU in France and in The Netherlands. Both countries are the( founding ) members of the EEC. Both outcomes were negative regarding the EU “constitution”….And what happened?
    NOTHING. Brussels just steamrolled over it.
    Why are we suddenly SO involved with and about the Crimea?
    Two weeks ago NOBODY knew where the Crimea was located….now all of a sudden it’s frontpage news on every newspaper and tv….Come on Mr. Klein.

    Another month and nobody cares about the Crimea anymore.

    Read my lips: One Month!

  • No RNC

    Klein seems a bit over wrought in little piece of skat! Compare Crimea vote w/ the phony US elections of 2008 & 2012, blacks voted 95% for 1/2 black Obama as did numerous illegals, dead voters, multiple voters but overseas US military vote was not counted. Obviously Putin is very popular in Crimea & Russia as opposed to the last 2 or 10 tyrants in the White House.

  • emptorpreempted

    The UN has long been useless at anything other than paving the way for the Second Holocaust. If Putin’s banditry helps bury the UN it may almost have been worth it.

  • Geoffrey_Britain

    Europe will either become Islamic or a client state of Russia. That is the choice that awaits Europe and it is entirely due to the seeds it has sown.

    The UN is a joke. A toothless, whining bunch of old women. They will do as they are told. The UN’s ‘human rights’ are the empty consensus of the UN prima donna bureaucrats. “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun”. “The Pope! How many divisions does he have?”

  • Gee

    The fact is that a both sides are evil. The Neo-Nazis that overthrew the elected government is as bad as the Putin dictatorship