Re "Russia Strengthens hold on Crimea" (Page A1, March 3): Should the U.S. impose sanctions against Russia for its occupation of the Ukraine?
Let's pose this hypothetical: Texas secedes from the union. Years after the secession, Texas undergoes severe economic, social and political hardship and turmoil. Protesters take over the country and throw out its congress and president.
Would the U.S. government be concerned about the effect of the overthrow of Texas on U.S security, the protection of its borders, its economy?
If our president decided that sending troops to Texas was the best way to protect those interests, would he or she be acting in the interests of our country but contrary to international law? If so, should he or she bow to the threat of foreign sanctions? That's the issue Putin faces.
-- Roger Barrick, Roseville