Protesters hold flags during a rally of the opposition in front of the Central Election Commision in Kyiv on Nov. 12. Members of the rally called-on jailed and hunger-striking former premier Yulia Tymoshenko to stop her hunger strike following a deterioration of Tymoshenko's health, to the point where she can no longer stand. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY
It's a very old tale about the boy who cried wolf. After a while his credibility was shot and, when it mattered, no one listened. Such is the tale of many contemporary Western journalists, commentators and statesmen. The subject in this instance is Ukraine's recent flawed, but relatively democratic parliamentary elections.