Alexander Lukashenko has spent 17 years crushing his domestic opponents, keeping the economy in a Soviet-time warp and taunting the West while cozying up to the Kremlin.
Now we can see where this policy has gotten the nation: The currency has been sharply devalued and its tinpot leader has had to give away control over key assets to Russia in exchange for emergency loans.
To Ukraine, the message is: There is only one path, neither Western nor Eastern. That path is democracy.
After thumbing his nose at the West, he’s back with his hat out seeking a multi-billion-dollar loan from the International Monetary Fund.