They’re like sharks, except when they notice US support, they cry “oil!”
Meanwhile, I’ve seen some mention the British Helsinki Human Rights Group report on the election. BHHRG is a perfect example of how easy it is to pull the wool over people’s eyes with a simple name. To put it plainly, just because you have “human rights” in your name doesn’t mean that’s what you really care about. I’ve encountered their slime in the past. Then, as now, BHHRG is much more interested in criticizing the West than advancing human rights and they will employ any tools to do so. Their report? In a nutshell, they only observed the vote in western and central Ukraine, show no concern for eastern and southern irregularities, dismiss all other Western observers as hopelessly tainted by bias, and say there was only opposition interference in the vote.
Interstingly, the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights released their Ukrainian affiliate’s conclusions that state there were massive violations. Lest we get confused though, IHF-HR will point out to you that BHHRG is not affiliated with them.
Well, pictures with pretty colors might be the best way to combat these folks, so look at these maps. The change in voter turnout is particularly interesting.
* Well, BHHRG really isn’t made up of progressives, but it dwells in that shared foreign policy territory of many progressives.