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Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Bill Clinton Praises Ukraine’s Democracy (No Joke!)

If they do a remake of “See No Evil, Hear No Evil,” Bill Clinton should be in it!

In 1995, Clinton told Ukrainians that “The toil is bitter, but the harvest is sweet.”

“In the pursuit of peace and prosperity, you have been well-served by President Kuchma and his government's bold and farsighted leadership,” he added.

At that point, Kuchma made a bold and farsighted decision. He traded the world’s third-largest nuclear arsenal for what would become a billion-dollar fortune in one of Europe’s poorest countries.

Clinton? He keeps coming back to what’s now the land of opportunity for the oligarchs and their friends.

Let’s hear what he has to say, shall we?

Bill Clinton: After the election, nobody was put in jail, nobody was poisoned...

Well, one reporter went missing, some got beaten, and the Constitution got raped. But that’s OK with you, right?

Btw, your friend Kuchma says the CIA killed Gongadze (on your watch). Any comments?

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Lingüista said...

I suppose there's no way Yanukovych's government is not going to be a step backward for Ukraine and Ukrainians worldwide.

I even see a resurgence of claims in foreign venues about Ukraine not being a real country -- did you see Peter Hitchen's article on Ukraine (which Edward Lucas criticizes here)?

What will happen during these years? And with the blessings of people like Bill Clinton? What are the perspectives that Yanukovych's follower will be really elected, rather than anointed and appointed by him?....

Is the Time of Troubles back?

Anonymous said...

Well, nowadays we were rather criticised because we denied IMF aid.

Anonymous said...

Bill got paid by Pinchuk. So yes, there's democracy in Ukraine. Bill needs money too, doesn't he?

Taras said...


Good to see you again! Yes, I've read that funny article by Hitchens.

So how many Russians have actually turned their backs on their language and changed their names?

I've lived in Ukraine for 30 years now and I still haven't seen any such Russians. And neither has any of our censuses. It’s always been the other way around. It’s Ukrainians, not Russians, who turned their backs on their language and changed their names (like some of my relatives did).

I think you’re right: It will get worse before it gets better.

And I hope Yanukovych reaps what he sows.


Your country made the right choice!

If you compare Hungary's living standards to Ukraine’s, you’ll see why borrowing from the IMF may not be such a good idea.


Exactly! Gives a whole new meaning to “It’s the economy, stupid!”