[Marxism] Ukraine plunges into new uncertainty
lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Feb 24 13:14:50 MST 2014
Others in the street denounced Tymoshenko as venal and incompetent.
One of the few observers for a western audience who differed sharply
with the European and North American consensus about how wonderful it
was to have Tymoshenko back in politics was the acerbic Russian-American
editor Julia Ioffe. In an article published Sunday in the New Republic,
the New Yorker’s former Moscow correspondent mockingly described
Tymoshenko as “a Ukrainian speaking Joan of Arc.”
Her speech in the square “sounded like the opening volley of a
campaign,” Ioffe wrote. “And the crowd wasn’t having any of it.”
The “big difference in perception of Tymoshenko in Ukraine and the West”
amused Oleksandr Sushko of the Institute of Euro-Atlantic Integration.
“The West sees her as a leader of Ukrainian democracy. That is no longer
true here,” Sushko said. “There is emotional solidarity with her because
she was unfairly imprisoned. That makes her a victim, but not a hero.
“The reality,” he said, “is that she did nothing for the revolution and
always has done everything for herself. We already know that she is not
someone who can bring about the kind of democratic reforms that are
required. She was a total failure as prime minister. She did nothing to
transform the country.”
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