Sunday, November 28, 2004

Aaronovitch on the Ukraine

The relentlessly sane David Aaronovitch on the Ukraine -
With two candidates, both called Viktor, battling each other for the presidency and their partisans making accusations about each other, you look for a story to make sense of it all. One of the most obviously available is 'pro-Western democrats struggle for freedom against corrupt hang-overs of previous regime', and another - increasingly popular on the left - is 'warring factions in divided country head for civil war, intervene at your peril'. In the post-Iraq world these two narratives can also be fairly easily reduced still further into 'pro' and 'anti' American.

Somewhere in the middle of these stories is the place itself and its people, 48 million of them...


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