I have been one of the few persons, in the West, who have declared publicly and in writing on the Internet, that Crimea, in the Ukraine region, had belonged to Russia until 1954 when Nikita Khrushchev, the boss of the entire Communist Empire then, gave it to Ukraine, while he was drunk, but mainly because of his passionate feeling toward Ukraine and Ukrainian people. That passionate feeling of his has to do with his up-bringing and roots that stemmed from the Ukrainian region.
Therefore, Vladimir Putin, as President of the Russian Federation, has full rights to claim Crimea back. His insistence on secret voting by the people of Crimea, whether they wanted to be part of Russia or not, was a civilized act deserved my admiration. The result of such a consensus was a resounding yes, meaning that the vast majority of the citizens of Crimea wanted to be part of Russia again. The Western countries, which objected to that civilized act which was insisted on by Putin, appeared to me as a bunch of hypocrites, practicing double standard, meaning: it was wrong of Putin to do that, but it was right of them when they had done it, in other parts of the globe. A shining proof of such a hypocrisy has been what the Western Powers have done to Iraq in the year of 2003: a total destruction of Iraq, based on lies. You need not take my word on this, but the interested readers can check what the self-respecting and well known and highly respected American and European writers, authors and historians have already written on the immoral and illegal war waged against Iraq by the West, led by the United States of America. The difference between what Vladimir Putin has currently done on and in Crimea and what the West has done on and in Iraq in 2003 is profoundly huge, like the difference between day and night, and in that order, meaning DAY and NIGHT, respectively.
So far, it has been good for Vladimir Putin, winning the political game on his own terms.
However, Putin's first visit to Crimea for the occasion of commemorating the victory of World War Two, ( WW II, for short ), and making a Russian nationalistic speech there, was a mistake and certainly unnecessary, under the current international political environment. Reasons:
(1) WW II was won by the military efforts of several countries, mainly the military efforts of the United States of America, Great Britain and Communist Russia.
(2) It is a recorded historical fact that Russia lost 22 million people who were killed during the war . The Russian estimate put the figure at 26.5 million Russian killed during the war. Either number, human history has already recognized that for Russia.
(3) It is also a recorded historical fact that the rest of the countries which fought the ugliness of Nazism had also lost millions of people during that horrible war, just as Russia did.
(4) In short, there is nothing wrong for Putin to express his Russian nationalistic feeling, but not to a point of sounding like a new fascist for the 21st Century. Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, had commented on Putin's first visit to Crimea to commemorate the victory of WW II as " most unfortunate. " I believe she was right.
(5) Only constructive relationship with the United State of America, and rest of the international community can serve Russian interest and the interest of peace in the world.
Although I have wished to stay away from writing about politics and religions, for a while, to provide my spirit with some fresh air, it seems to me that some actions being committed by some strong political leaders like Vladimir Putin of Russia continue to deprive me from breathing enough fresh air, for a while, because of a simple reason: I am badly and terribly hocked up to politics since I was a teenager, in high school. Please do not get me wrong, meaning: I am not blaming Vladimir Putin or anybody else for interrupting my enjoyment of the fresh air my spirit needs, but my own human weaknesses. Vladimir Putin, his unnecessary visit to Crimea and his speech for commemorating Russian victory in WW II have been merely a reminder of the contaminated air of the world of politics and its tail, the world of diplomacy.