Sunday, March 19, 2006

6000? or 35000?

Depending on who you want to believe, that's the number of folks in the main square in Minsk this evening. Good move outta Lukashenko in not "wringing their necks like ducks" as he had threatened. Now, I bet there's another night or two of this and life goes on, business as usual. While I certainly believe the vote count is bogus, I also don't think there's the groundswell of support to oust Lukashenko. The best hope for a democratic Belarus is success in the countries surrounding it. A free and prosperous Poland and Ukraine will sway the people much more than anything else. The burden lies on folks like Viktor Yushchenko to prove that there's another way to succeed.

All in good time.


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