BRAMA, June 4, 2010, 9:00 AM ET|
The Cool Heads Should Prevail
By Boris Danik
What President Viktor Yanukovych is now doing in Ukraine is definitely not cute, and
it was expected.
But some of the reaction in the diaspora is not so cute either. I mean the one of
panic and the knee-jerk reaction. Including some of the seemingly knowledgeable
strategic advice from the editorials in New Jersey for the righteous in Ukraine
(e.g. Svoboda, May 28, 2010), how to resist the regime.
Basically, it says that the parliamentary opposition in Ukraine (headed by Yulia
Tymoshenko who lost her bid in the presidential election by asmall margin last
February) is humbug, and that the real patriots should ignore it, go to the grass
roots and begin from square one.
If one wants a prescription for acivic chaos and anarchy, this is it. One can easily
envision a zillion various patriotic initiatives, action groups, parties and
"coordinating committees" appearing and disappearing, vying for popular support
and, yes, for private funds. This is already happening without a transatlantic
Needless to say, they all offer "a clear program for the Ukrainian state", profess
the ability "to unite all the healthy elements of the society, and turn the people
toward the principles of morality". Just like the editorials would have it.
I admit that an organized morality may have worked for Mahatma Ganghi in India. But
it probably would not get far in Ukraine, with its large pro-Russian population
segment, against a determined authoritarian regime, much less deliver a political punch. The
opportunities which Victor Yushchenko had blown so expertly during his presidency
cannot be restored with the sleight of hand.
For leadership, Yulia Tymoshenko "is still the one" who commands the respect and
loyalty of millions and of most of the citizens who voted for her last February ,
and came close to victory.
She has the Constitutional mandate. And, most importantly, the intelligence and
political finesse that is sadly lacking in most of Ukraine's "otamans".
What Ukraine does not need is more second-rate challengers and sporadic jesturing.
Dr. Boris Danik
North Caldwell, NJ
June 3, 2010
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