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    Ukraine Spring---A Perfect Storm of Freedom and Tyranny ---by W J O'Reilly


    by W J O'Reilly


    The power politics of Vladimir Putin conjoined with the thirst for true democracy in the Ukraine has created a Perfect Storm. Call it the Ukraine Spring, if you prefer that metaphor. But it is a storm with a certain threshold, a certain boiling point that can either transform or destroy. We wait powerlessly to see which direction it will take, and the punk wailings of Pussy Riot provide the soundtrack.


    With the recent closure of the Olympics, some have likened this to Hitler's 1936 games, geared to glorify the aryan mythos. In the view of some, Putin has sought to revive the old CCCP configuration, and used Sochi as a springboard for the promotion of such myths.


    Americans often lump all Russians, Ukrainians and Belarussians into the same category, but try asking a Ukraine how she feels the moment after you have referred to her as "Russian." It's never appreciated, though quickly forgiven.


    Ukraine has long sought its own path and identity after the demise of the old communist dictatorship. Under the new Putin neodictatorship, Ukrainian independence is anathema to a Russian power set that seeks to absorb as much of the old CCCP as it can.


    We witnessed the Ukrainian style of civil disobediance. It is impassioned, fearless and revolutionary. Putin's Russian cannot, will not derail the Ukraine's bid for independence. Nor can it appear too willing to kill its own brothers and sisters in putting down this revolt.


    Russia's occupation of Crimea is but a minor pothole on the road to Ukraine's complete independence, make no mistake. It will become a major EU member and Western ally

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