Let cool heads prevail
03/03/2014 1:03 PM
03/03/2014 3:40 PM
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
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
The Sacramento Bee is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.