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You're reading: Consider source when reading Ukraine’s election ‘democratic’

Beware of the “parachute observers,” those
who drop in during the last few days and promptly call press conferences to proclaim
that all is well.

The morning after the Oct. 28 election,
two suspect groups called press conferences to declare that Ukraine’s
parliamentary vote was free, fair, legitimate, transparent and democratic.

One of the groups was the observing
mission of the Commonwealth of Independent States. This traveling circus of hacks
exists to give mutual support to any dictator or despot or election –
democratic or otherwise – that takes place in the former Soviet Union.

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