Chicken Kiev: Obama’s Ukraine migraine

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 04:36 PM.

To make sense of the Ukrainian violent political turmoil, one has to understand events, and “elections,” outside the U.S.A. Few Americans can stay focused for long when countries with too many u’s and k’s in their name quarrel. We just change the channel to ESPN.

So here’s my attempt to sum it up.

Ronald Reagan’s steadfast stand for liberty and against repressive, Soviet-style regimes has, over decades, led to a yearning for freedom. Aided by the flow of information from the Internet and the example of free-market capitalism's ability to raise the standard of living for all who are willing to give up socialism's false promises, more countries are pushing for free-market democracy.

Ukrainians were double-crossed after their Putin-puppet leader promised to sign a European Union trade agreement and then did not. The citizens called Bolshevik on him, and all hell broke loose.

The rebels demanded that their country turn away from the repressive, Putin-type thugocracy and toward a more Western-style capitalism. Independence Square in the capital Kiev erupted with tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters; many were killed by Yanukovych's goons. They were able to free political rival Yulia Tymoshenko, jailed under trumped-up tax charges, and run their bully President Viktor (“Mr. Chicken Kiev”) Yanukovych out of the country.

Yanukovych is now in exile, spending more time with his stolen money. He called protestors “bandits” and “hooligans.” These labels are applied to opponents if lesser charges of “shenanigans” or “tomfoolery” aren’t justified.

Protestors then took over the Ukranian president’s compound. He had lived an opulent life on his estate with a private zoo, rare goats, tacky restaurant ships and a golf course. Imagine how much he would have had if he weren’t a “share-the-wealth” Communist. The amusement factor at what a rich Ukrainian leader spends money on is rivaled only by a rapper or a redneck who won the lottery.

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