What do the people of Crimea want?
The core issue is what is the will of the people. As long as it is not robbing anyone else or any other country of their rights, then that's what the focus should be.
I get that everyone is worried that Putin is going to keep grabbing more land in Ukraine, but I think we should cross that bridge when we get to it. Why is it our business if the people of Crimea wish to no longer associate with the Ukraine ? I don't pretend to be an expert with the situation, I'm certainly not. I do know that the claim is that the government in Crimea is not legitimate but the one in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, IS legitimate. Didn't they basically run the President out of his office through force ? How does that make them legitimate? As usual, the US and Europe seem to be only supporting those that see things their way. I feel confident the revolution was a justified revolt, but don't call it legitimate until the situation is settled and all have had a say in the situation. Things are not always what they appear. Just because Russia has historically grabbed land and influenced other countries through dictatorship doesn't mean we should all suppose this is the case once again. Let's pay attention to the now.
Fair and free elections should be held for Ukraine and Crimea with the world uniting to monitor the situation and then let the people decide their fate. Just because our government doesn't like Crimea attaching itself to Russia doesn't mean they and their European allies have the right to stop the whole thing. The power should be with the people, and if the people of Crimea want to be tied closer to Russia then that's their decision.
When Putin forces himself on a region that has no desire or interest in associating with the Russian republic, that is when we should be rattling our sabers. Not now.
In my humble opinion.