by Nathan Hamm on 11/27/2004 · 1 comment

I’ve been busy with graduate school application stuff most of the day. And battling off an oncoming cold. So, here’s a smiling girl:

AFP: Opposition orange : A supporter of opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko takes part in a protest rally in Lviv. (AFP/Janek Skarzynski)

I have nothing really to add today that others have not yet mentioned. Le Sabot Post-Moderne has tons of superb stuff. Northern Alliance Radio talked about Ukraine today. Captain Ed has it segmented out. If you don’t listen to it, at least check out this letter from a bond trader. Back to Ed is a superb post that shows where Bush’s priorities really are. A handful of those links are from SCSUScholars, where there is much more to check out. Neeka, meanwhile, has great photos.

Plus, I heartily recommend checking out Orange Ukraine. All I need to know about the author, Dan McMinn, is that he’s a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in (and still lives in) Ukraine. Everyone in the Peace Corps family gets points in my book, but those of us who served in the former Soviet Union, I’m told (and agree), are a special breed. Check out his post on Johnathan Steele, everyone’s favorite anti-Western apologist for Russian neo-imperialism (whose piece I mentioned here).

UPDATE: Alex(ei) does what I think he does best, remind us all to not get too carried away (I could also call this “provide crucial context,” exchange as you like):

So stifle your Manichean instincts, oh noble observer! It’s not a gadzillionth round of Good vs. Evil; the worst outcome would be a devastating triumph of either side. Where there is struggle — intermittent but recurring — there is life; the evolution of democracy is not about abolishing struggle, not about extinguishing conflict of interests and values. Rather, it’s about better, less permissive, fairer rules of combat and the art of compromise — what good would it be otherwise? Eventually — unless one side completely destroys the other — freedom will have no choice but to be born.

This is part of why when I made my button you see on the right, I went no further than the color orange in incorporating Yushchenko’s symbols and slogans (and that’s because it’s recognizable). All I want is for Ukraine to get what it wants, and if that’s Yanukovich, that’s fine with me as long as he’s chosen fairly. He’s not who I’d choose, but I don’t really get a say in the matter.

The above sentiment is also why I’m glad Yushchenko is pushing for a third round and not an outright seizure of power–even if he really won the election. Compromise is a good precedent for Ukraine.

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TulipGirl November 29, 2004 at 5:14 pm

What a fabulous photo.

Things in the center seemed calm today, but there is so much friendliness and so many smiles among people. Never have I seen Ukrainians on the street greet strangers like they are now. that photo captures the joy.

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