12 March 1938: The date of the “union” (or anschluss) between Austria and Nazi Germany following mass riots and public disorder.
Following months of public disorder (orchestrated by the German government), Seyss Inquart, the leader of Austria (a puppet of the Nazis) demanded German support to restore public order and peace. The German army subsequently marched in to the country, and “restored” order.
Like Vladimir Putin – Adolf Hitler claimed to only be “Protecting Ethnic Germans”.
Following this “restoration of order”, a plebiscite was held where 99% of the Austrian population voted to become a part of the “Greater German Empire”–after all political opposition was arrested.
Vladimir Putin has come under intense criticism from the international community in his handling of the Crimean crisis. Some say he is an outright aggressor; Barack Obama recently said that the Russians had “Violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine”, whilst the Russian state media insist that he is only “protecting” ethnic Russians in the region.
Crimea, which was handed to Ukraine in 1954, still has a great portion of people that identify themselves as “Russians”, but the international community say that this is not a valid reason for military intervention on the Russian part.
Instead, the United States and Great Britain are threatening sanctions if the Russians do not back down (Which seems unlikely). The Russian Ruble has fallen 20% against the Dollar, and fears that sanctions on Russia could affect Purposes supply of Natural Gas (most of which comes from Russia).
Most people agree with the fact that there will be not a single easy solution for all party involved – the Ukrainians stand defiant. The Russians are determined. And the west is unsure on what path to take.