Vince Dhimos answered a question at Quora.
Q: SHOULD FINLAND TAKE BACK KARELIA BY FORCE OR WILL RUSSIA CONDUCT A REFERENDUM ON IT PEACEFULLY?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
The West cannot afford the risk of conducting a referendum because the result could go in Russia’s favour and that would be unthinkable. US politicians and msm would then have to throw all their energy into ignoring the results.
Instead, Donald Trump should choose a popular Karelian politician from among the opposition to claim to be the president of Karelia, and as soon as he proclaims himself president, Trump should recognize him as the interim president of Karelia. And if the real president of Karelia doesn’t leave when commanded to do so, Trump and Pompeo should strong arm the EU and all allies to snub the real president and recognize the self-proclaimed president as the interim president of Karelia, and should threaten Karelia with invasion. Then in case that fails, they should sanction Karelia and not let it sell its trademark product, cherry compote. Anyone caught anywhere in the Free World eating cherry compote would be sanctioned by refusing to grant them visas to the US, and if they said they didn’t want to ever go to the US anyway, then Trump would threaten them, saying “now you’re REALLY asking for it.” (President Trump is a master of tactical threats).
And if Russia refused to hand over Karelia to Finland, he would threaten with an even louder “now you’re REEAAALLY REEAALLY asking for it.”
Meanwhile, the popular Karelian politician should go on permanent tour to all the countries strong-armed into recognizing him as the self-proclaimed interim president and promising him that he will soon be the real president of Karelia (he must be encouraged, given the odds of that ever happening). As a means of applying further pressure, the US and its strong-armed allies should then send millions of dollars to the interim president and the interim first lady (or interim first partner as the case may be).
And if that didn’t do the trick, Trump would say “Ok, now you’ve pi**ed me off good! Now you can expect a proportionate response. No holds barred.” Trump could expect to get enough votes from that to just put him ahead of Bernie.
And the world would be saved and America would become great again. Once more.
After all, an exceptional country like the US can never become great again too often.