Monday, September 12, 2005

Schism

Reading an article about Yulia Tymoshenko's creating a splinter party within the Orange Revolution made me think that Tymoshenko is the best possible thing that could have happened to Ukraine. Ukraine's ancien regime was hopelessly corrupt. They were rightly ousted by the Orange Revolution, but a new problem emerged. With such solidarity, there was no way to contain corruption within the Orange Revolution, and corruption quickly emerged. "The Opposition", the remnants of the ancien regime, were so corrupt and disgraced that they couldn't call the members of the Orange Revolution to account. With the schism, Ukraine now has a credible watchdog keeping the Orange Revolution honest. It is the best thing that could have happened. The Orange Revolution will endure, for it will no longer collapse under its own weight. If it begins the slow slide downward, Tymoshenko's party will audit it like no CPA could. Long live the revolution!

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