Afraid or not, the acceptable conventional symphony mimics
the poetic version of Ukraine’s aspirations.
It is understandable that in the current dire predicament
the overall mood is one of dejection. Those who are willing or obliged to say
something (the latter are mainly the country’ leaders) can easily miss the
proverbial forest behind the trees.
In the latter category is a recent statement by Ukraine’s
interim President Oleksandr Turchynov, as reported by Reuters (“Kyiv tells east Ukraine
rebels vote for self-rule would be catastrophic”, May 10), in reference to the
referendum in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts on May 11 to secede from Ukraine: