Thursday, February 20, 2014

Sorry Viktor

These days, governments under pressure from large protests always tell the wider world that the demonstrators are "terrorists" and "radicals." If the crisis takes place in the middle east, the tactic is pretty effective, as it plays off the West's own concerns about the global reach of terrorism.

But it just doesn't resonate when the charge comes from a place like Ukraine. Viktor Yanukovych is not going to get the pass that Abdel Fattah el-Sisi gets. It's not fair, in fact the underlying problem is anti-Muslim bigotry. But in terms of the global P.R. battle, that is the reality.