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Re: Ukraine


I don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade, but the Ukrainian election dispute has a significant ethnic/religious/regional element to it, one that differentiates these events from Solidarity in Poland or Georgia’s Rose Revolution or the student protests in Tiananmen Square. I know Ukrainian nationalists aren’t going to like this, but the country has a weak national identity since only the western part of Ukraine is actually Ukrainian. Elsewhere, it’s not all that clear, linguistically or culturally, where Russia ends and Ukraine starts – as in Africa, the border doesn’t really demarcate a line between two peoples. The point is not that the gangster Yanukovich is a good guy, but rather that there’s probably more going on here than a simple conflict between good and evil.


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