Travelling to Aspen for my ill-fated Spring Break trip, my husband and I noticed that our family constituted the majority of Americans on board our flight.
Everyone else appeared to be Russian.
That didn’t totally surprise me. Aspen is a great vacation destination (assuming you don’t rent a house that’s pretty much a death trap and end up with a concussion—but I digress). I can imagine lots of Russians visiting the United States would enjoy a little rest and relaxation on the Aspen ski slopes.
Journeying around the world, I’ve noticed Russian citizens enjoy many great international venues. Oftentimes, they like them so much they stay. For example, our trip to France included a short driving tour between Monte Carlo and Nice where our driver pointed out amazing houses jutting over cliffs looking out over gorgeous views of the French Riviera.
“Who owns those?” we’d ask.
“Russians,” of course, was the answer.
Since taking Crimea, Vladimir Putin appears to have his sights set on eastern Ukraine. In an apparent repeat of the Crimean crisis, bands of “Russians” are emerging across that part of Ukraine demanding unity with Russia. In a recent speech, Putin justified this sort of action by alleging that Russia enjoys a form of sovereignty anywhere Russians live in the world.
That’s definitely an interesting way to define international borders.
Using that logic, if the same group of Russian citizens, who I assume were just vacationing in Colorado, decided to settle there and they soon invited more of their fellow Russian citizens to join them so that eventually Aspen was populated mostly by Russians and if over time they felt a yearning for the home country such that they wanted to essentially make Aspen part of Russia, I assume Putin would whole heartedly support that view.
The same could probably go for the South of France and almost anywhere a few Russians decided to put down roots.
Carrying that logic across the globe and internationally you’d have a huge mess. Parts of the United States would be Mexico. A few sections of Mexico would be the United States. Parts of Europe would actually be part of Africa and the Middle East.
You get the picture. An international community can’t operate this way.
That’s why it’s extremely important that the United States and others act quickly to thwart further Russian aggression in the Ukraine. To permit what’s going on there to continue is to invite a sort of chaos that can certainly have no good end.
Hopefully, the world will act decisively to stop this madness. Otherwise, plan on bringing a passport the next time you travel to Aspen . . . just to be on the safe side.