In Crimea's footsteps: Alaska wants to unite with Russia, puts petition forward
Some experts point out that one should not talk about any tendency for separatism in the US, but one should not take such petitions as a joke either. The authors of the petition – similar to other petitions for the secession of some other US states – are trying to remind the White House about the basis of the state, and specifically about the Declaration of Independence.
A resident of Anchorage, the largest city in the state of Alaska, published his petition a couple of days after Crimea seceded from Ukraine and rejoined Russia. To support his petition he cites the following historic facts: the first Europeans that put their foot on the land of Alaska in 1732 were the crew of the Saint Gabriel vessel, captained by Makhail Gvozdev and Ivan Fedorov. In conclusion the author calls for "seceding Alaska from the US to rejoin Russia".
The US acquired Alaska in 1867 in exchange for $7.2 million. Even if there has been any violation of that treaty on Washington's part (which has been discussed in certain circles lately), the period of limitation has long expired. Thus, at first sight the petition looks like a joke, or as mockery of the American authorities. But that document does not appear so unserious considering the situation regarding other states' appeals to secede from the US. The same website called We The People hosts similar petitions from citizens of 29 of the 50 US states. The White House needs to at least take such a trend into account, thinks Dmitry Abzalov, vice president at the Center for Strategic Communications.
"As practice shows, the majority of countries focused on the external issues missed separatist processes inside their states. Take Spain or Great Britain, or Southeast Asia for example. For Washington it is more important to deal with internal problems: they are quite serious and concern primarily the state budget and external debt. That is a lot more important than the situation in Kiev or Ukraine, which most US citizens generally know nothing of. Otherwise, the risk of repeating the situation in the Southeast of Ukraine or in the European countries will be quite large in the USA".
If the petition to return Alaska to Russia gathers 100 thousand signatures before April 20, the US administration would have to react to that appeal. Although that reaction would be just answering the appeal. For example, over 125 thousand people signed the petition for Texas to secede from the US in 2012. And the authorities answered them that the covenants left by the Founding Fathers did not include the right to secede from the country. They did not even recall the Declaration of Independence adopted by the same Founding Fathers: it states that a situation could come up when one people would have to break the political ties that tie it to another people, in order to guarantee it "security and happiness". But now 29 states recalled those words. Although it is clear from the beginning that those petitions will be "soft-pedaled" as well.
It is also clear that nobody will remember the declaration in relation to the situation in Crimea and Ukraine. It Jupiter is not allowed to do it (refering to the Latin phrase "What is legitimate for Jupiter, is not legitimate for the ox."- VOR), all the rest aren't either. One should not talk about the "Kosovo precedent": the "rest of the world" that is so far from understanding democracy cannot understand that Kosovo is a "special case". Scotland and the Falkland Islands can follow that example, while Crimea should not! Washington and its allies are trying to come to peace with themselves using all these mantras. In the last few years the Big Brother policy has convinced the sober part of humanity that one should stay as far as possible from such "democratic" ideals, points out Sergey Grinyayev, director of the Center for Strategic Evaluations.
"The situation with the referendum in Crimea is the trend of our time. The thing is that over the past years the leadership of many countries has conducted inefficient policy. The global economic crisis that resulted in countless countries going bankrupt testifies to that. Undoubtedly, the majority of the planet's population cannot accept such a situation. And naturally, given that we observe and will observe that nations demand their right for self-determination."