Allow me to make this tragedy even more tragic

July 27, 2014 at 8:25 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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forpeace6These are difficult months for a peace blogger.

The first, let’s say, 200 things I might blog about are all painfully obvious and would be dull to write about for all concerned, so let me work my way down the list until I get to a connection which is maybe not too unoriginal:

The calm Ukrainians. An article by William Booth in the Washington Post very early on in the Ukraine fiasco struck me. He wrote about the crowds of Ukrainians who were touring the abandoned estate of former President Viktor Yanukovych, and how orderly they were:

 

“I have never experienced a more orderly and polite mob than the one that surged through the gates at ousted President Viktor Yanukovych’s vast compound. I have seen more unruly gangs at Epcot Center.  . . .  The people gawked, they gaped, they stared, but nobody touched a thing. I saw a young teacher stoop to police the cigarette butts carelessly discarded by others on the brick walkway to the ostrich farm. Blue trash bags, not hated security ministers, were hung from lamp posts.”

I read this and thought to myself: Holy cow, we may have a peaceful transfer of power, here.  What a nice break from what we’ve seen in Egypt, Syria, etc.

But of course, it was not to be. One friend of my mine blames the Russians for this. Whatever the explanation, these horrible months in Ukraine seem all the worse because we had a glimpse of what might have been.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/02/25/the-most-surprising-thing-at-yanukovychs-estate-he-has-relatively-good-taste/

 

 

 

 

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