Think about it, could a government in the United States conduct a referendum of significance in 10 days or fewer? Such an initiative would tax the best system. Yet, the Ukraine government is doing that in Crimea, striking while the iron is hot.
First, the world’s eyes and ears are upon the Crimea to see what the citizens want.
Second, the occupiers are among them to remind Crimeans what it is like to be a part of Putin’s Russia that threatens to bring his style to them if they don’t come along.
Third, it is the Crimeans immediate opportunity to state their intentions clearly.
- Do you want to join Russia, yes or no?
- Do you want to be a part of the Ukraine, yes or no?
- Do you want to be an independent nation of Crimea, without either affiliation, yes or no?
If all three questions are asked that way, one can speculate that the majority would reject succumbing to Russia and would favor their own independence. Remaining a part of the Ukraine would require increased inclusiveness in the central government.
The question is, what questions will be asked and how will they be phrased? Will independent monitors decree that the entire process is fair and objective?
Here is the website for the "autonomous government of Crimea: http://www.kmu.gov.ua/control/en/publish/article?art_id=301361 with a redirect to http://www.kmu.gov.ua/control/en/publish/article?art_id=301361. It is like in the US, with website access problems.
From the Globe and Mail there is this report.
“Crimean lawmakers schedule March 16 referendum on joining Russia
YURAS KARMANAU AND TIM SULLIVAN
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — The Associated Press
Published Thursday, Mar. 06 2014, 5:02 AM EST
Last updated Thursday, Mar. 06 2014, 5:59 AM EST
Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine decided Thursday to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia, a move likely to further ratchet up tensions.
“This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kyiv,” Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of the local Crimean legislature, said. “We will decide our future ourselves.”