Sunday, October 30, 2005

Orange Revolution Turns into Rotting Pumpkin

Just in time for Halloween! Yes, it's true Ukrainians are feeling disillusioned by their revolution. The hopes of the revolution are now withering away like a rotting pumpkin. BBC News reports that Ukraine has been torn by broken promises. The dream team of Viktor Yushchenko and Yulia Tymoshenko - hero and heroine of the revolution, who became president and prime minister - proved incapable of fulfilling their promises. They pledged an end to Ukraine's notorious cronyism, but after a few months officials were openly trading allegations of abuse of power for personal gain. As well, the paradox is that the face of the government itself did not change.

What have we learned from this episode? Revolutions from below rarely deliver on the dreams of the people. The masses will feel a limited sense of hope followed by an anti-climactic sense of betrayal. One can't help but get caught up in the euphoria but it's short lived.


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