As a libertarian you are not always popular, in fact most of the time you will be the most unpopular person in your neighbourhood. Even with other libertarians you will soon realise that you will not win any popularity contests.
As a libertarian it is obvious that you will first side with the individual and families at location and second you will side with their right to self-determination and with civil liberties. At its core this has nothing to do with neither the despot Putin nor his pro-Fascist counterpart Poroschenko. It has it nothing to do with the European Union, United States or anything else for that matter. It is simply a basic libertarian pro-capitalist stance to side with ´the little guy´ and basic alienable rights.
That is it, but if you think and say above you will immediately come under fire from everywhere and everyone. You will be a pro-Putin neo-fascist communist suffering from megalomania, you´ll be hated for being against the democratic free world and you have sold your humanity. You have taken sides with Adolf Hitler and Idi Amin and you´re best friends with ISIS. You are a racistnazifascist and you are looking to resurrect Soviet Union 2.0 while you secretly go “muhahaha… “in a dark basement where you smile over corpses of your preteen rape victims.
The propaganda is deafening and a lot of intelligent people have fallen for it.
To be fair I too had it wrong initially. Masked green troops and Russian soldiers at border crossings and the apparent rushed referendum, the clear and obvious aim to annex Crimea, and troop movements seemed to tell the story of an aggressive Russia moving to annex a peaceful part of a poor neighbour. And as a Swede, with inherent aversion towards Russians and a history of Russia as being our arch enemy, it was easy to jump to the conclusion; isn´t everything those evil communist bastards do per automatic devilish and appalling?
Then a few things happen and a few other things came to my attention.
United States clearly orchestrated the whole thing. We know this by their own admission. From phone conversations where they clearly state the intention of replacing existing democratically elected officials with U.S. puppets, the admission of sending $5bn in help over time and additional $1,5bn in direct help (not to mention all the billions lent via IMF) under and just after the coup speak volumes. American politicians were even on the ground handing out cookies, passing out flyers and urging people to rebel.
Regardless if you believe this was a good thing or a bad thing Russians reacting to it was to be expected. And in hindsight the Russians took it very easy, very calmly, and with almost spooky rationality Putin ordered the return of Crimea and the mobilization of Russian defense forces. I applaud their restraint and so should you. Just imagine if Russia had done the same in Canada or Mexico, we would all be dead by now because the Americas would be shooting up nuclear missiles within minutes.
Secondly I stumbled across the story of Natalia Poklonskaya. And yes, she is cute and all that, but the story of how she fled Ukraine and with fear of her own life and that of her child and family and how she refused to obey Ukrainian authorities and with constant death threats and even reported attempts of assassinations she hold firm and simply said “I will not work with fascists”.
Although above and much more gave me pause and got me questioning the narrative cabled out in western media, it was not until the massacre of Odessa that I really knew what was going on. One of our times worst atrocities, an absolute horrific event beyond nightmares and the west simply ignores it. If I´d been Russian I would have starting to call for all-out war right there and then, for that event alone. In Sweden certain politicians want to stop information about this massacre because it might be “pro-Russian”.
In essence, Crimea left Ukraine and joined up with Russia via a democratic majority decision fully in line with the people’s wishes - yes a few irregularities occurred and the "forced" referendum could have been handled better, but nevertheless the outcome was and still is very clear.