Obviously, sending troops into Ukraine to prevent further Russian incursions would probably lead to a showdown not unlike the Kennedy missile crisis of 1962. The difference being that dispute was about Soviet missiles not far from our shores. The Ukraine formerly was part of the Soviet Union, and our national interest there is not clear.
I try to see the situation like this:
There has been a Quebec separatist movement for decades. Let’s say the pro-separatists are not French-Canadians but rather Canadian-Americans. The province votes to secede from Canada and to prevent Canada from using force to thwart the secession, we send troops in to make sure the vote counts and the ethnic Americans can be free of Canadian rule or join the U.S.
What should Russia do in response? Scold us, impose sanctions or send troops to help Canada?
Cary Brunswick, of Oneonta, is a freelance writer and editor. He can be reached at email@example.com. The views expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect those of The Daily Star and its editorial board.