Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it.
This is, of course, a paraphrase of someone else’s words. That in no way diminishes its veracity.
We currently see the GOP blaming the invasion of Crimea by Russia on Obama. Included in the finger pointing and outright failure to understand the history of the region and/or its populace, we find the GOP trotting out the invasion of Poland in 1939.
While there are direct similarities to the “invasion to protect ethnic Germans from being repressed by bordering nations, there are also historical factors that the GOP seems too willing to overlook.
Ukraine has been an unwilling conquest of the Russian Empire and/or the Soviet Union for centuries. The possession of Ukraine by one foreign power or another is also tied to the need for a warm water port to allow commercial and naval ships to find safe harbor.
In some ways, I believe that the Crimean populace may well wish to be back under the Russian flag. History has yet to answer that question, but the Black Sea port on the Crimean Peninsula has always been and will remain a huge factor in the resolution of Putin’s latest land grab.