U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is condemning Russia's construction and partial opening of a new bridge that connects mainland Russia to Moscow-annexed Crimea.
"The bridge represents not only an attempt by Russia to solidify its unlawful seizure and its occupation of Crimea, but also impedes navigation by limiting the size of ships that can transit the Kerch Strait, the only path to reach Ukraine's territorial waters in the Sea of Azov," Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday.So America condemns Russia for building a bridge from one part of their territory to another part of their territory. This would be like Russia condemning America for building the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Brooklyn Bridge, and saying this interferes with international shipping lanes so it mustn't be done. What an outrageous and ludicrous complaint.
The idea that giving the people of Crimea their first direct passageway to the rest of their nation is something international shippers have a right to veto because it might impede their business is revolting. Who died and made shipping lanes king? Don't drivers have a right to drive from one part of Russia to another? Don't trains have the right to choo-choo from one part of Russia to another? What about their rights that were being impeded by the lack of a bridge?
This has nothing to do with the fantastical and ridiculous claim that because a supertanker can't reach the Sea of Azov somehow Russia is aggressing against others. This is just one more excuse, a flimsy and transparent veil, for their real objection. They don't think the people of Crimea have a right to be economically connected to and supported by their fellow Russian countrymen. They don't think Crimeans have the right to move freely to the mainland and should be kept in captivity. They don't think Crimeans have the right to military support in case of a Ukrainian invasion via that very bridge supplying necessary tanks, ammunition, fuel, troops, etc to defend their sovereign soil with. All of it is basically saying that Crimeans lack basic human rights like the right to self-defense, the right to free association, the right to free trade and free movement of peoples.
And why do Crimeans lack all human rights? Because they voted, in a free and fair referendum, overwhelmingly, to secede from Ukraine and become a sovereign part of Russia instead. Just like in the 1990's, they voted to secede from the USSR and join Ukraine. Somehow that vote was okay, but it's not okay when they vote the other way. Then, suddenly, their vote becomes illegitimate. Talk about a one-way hash.
Not only did they vote overwhelmingly to join Russia, and therefore no one should have any objections to what happened if they believe in any principles of freedom, democracy, or human rights that are enshrined in our own Declaration of Independence, but polls by several reputable and respected western polling agencies for years before the secession, during the secession, and after the secession, all confirmed that the public sentiment was overwhelmingly pro-Russian throughout the process. If you went and asked Crimeans today whether they were glad they abandoned the rotten, poverty-stricken, war-torn and corrupt Ukraine in favor of reunification with their historical, ethnic, linguistic and religious compatriots they would overwhelmingly validate said decision yet again.
There is no serious doubt, not even Wikipedia casts any doubt, on the fact that Crimea wanted to belong to Russia and wants right now to belong to Russia, and yet here is the American government condemning Russia for 'occupying' Crimea. For 'annexing' Crimea against their will.
And here is a beautiful bridge, a modern marvel, a technological wonder, the largest bridge in Europe, which will boost the Crimean people's economy, self-defense and ease of movement, a bridge that should have been built ages ago it's such an obvious geographical necessity (like the channel tunnel between France and England, a complete no-brainer), being condemned because it goes against our pure evil agenda of denying Crimeans the same human rights we said were given to us by God in our own declaration of independence.
The hypocrisy. The vile, naked, utter hypocrisy! And to take out our anger on a bridge, which does nothing but help the world move faster and freer than before, whose very purpose is to bring people together, to attack a bridge no less. For the ridiculous, ludicrous, transparently stupid claim that some fisher boat somewhere in the sea of Azov, which nobody ever uses in the first place and has no major ports, will somehow be importuned!
The United States has sanctioned numerous individuals and entities involved in this project. U.S. officials said these Crimea-related sanctions will remain in place until Russia returns control of the peninsula to Ukraine.
So in other words our plan is to sanction Russia forever. And for the crime of building a bridge! Bridge builders, engineers who wanted to make their fellow countrymen happy by giving them economic access to the rest of their own country, are being sanctioned by the US government for their 'crime.' This is America. This is America's sense of justice. Bridge builders are criminals and Russia must be punished forever for simply continuing to exist. It would be like Russia putting sanctions on America for including Texas, California, or Utah in our country, until we return it all to Mexico. Except even that is less absurd than our current situation. Russia gained Crimea in a peaceful referendum without a shot fired, by the will of its own inhabitants. America took almost all of its territory in wars of bloody conquest. And we're sanctioning them? Forever? Because if you think Russia is ever going to just 'hand' Crimea back to Ukraine you're a blithering moron. That would be a betrayal and surrender of such cowardly levels that world history has never recorded such an event. So no, Crimea isn't going anywhere.
So we're going to be punishing Russia forever for a non-crime while completely ignoring our own stated justification for why America could secede from Britain and completely ignoring how we acquired our own territory and how we never handed back Florida to Spain, the whole continent back to the Amerindians, Texas back to Mexico, Alaska back to Russia, etc, etc, etc. We're just going to ignore all of that and condemn Russia for building a bridge.
I hate this country so much. And I hate the Trump who ran, as a candidate, with the clear statement that he wanted to be friends with Russia and that Crimea was Russian sovereign soil they won fair and square in a referendum: https://thediplomat.com/2017/01/will-trump-recognize-russian-annexation-of-crimea/
Trump further claimed that “the people of Crimea, from what I’ve heard, would rather be with Russia than where they were.”
Trump knows this is true. He campaigned on this truth. He knows it's true in his heart. But because he's a worthless coward who can't uphold the courage of his convictions, stand up to the deep state, and just tell America plainly and simply the moral case for why Crimea belongs to Russia and always has for hundreds of years, because he's a worthless coward who only looks out for himself instead of standing for truth, justice, and the American way of self-determination, we get ridiculous press releases like this -- "America condemns Russia for making the world a better place."
Fuck Pompeo. Fuck America. And Fuck Trump.