Thursday, December 02, 2004

The hard questions

Timothy Garton Ash, of Free World fame, asks the hard questions of those who oppose Ukraine's "orange revolution". His key point is that this is not about America or Russia, but the Ukranians. They deserve a real democracy, and those fighting (or rather, gathering peacefully and chanting) for it deserve our support. This does not mean going in guns blazing, Bush style, but rather using international pressure and "soft power" to ensure that basic democratic norms are respected and help Ukranians to get the government they want (rather than the government their government wants...)