Not mentioned, however, was the mother of all myths — now rapidly evaporating — that Ukraine can enter into an association
agreement with the EU while the present regime is in power in Kyiv, without
first flushing down its authoritarian tincture.
This myth was fostered or accepted by nearly all of
Ukraine’s elite as well as by most of the democratic opposition and the
literati. Incredibly, the worldwide
media and diplomatic corps went for it, hook and sinker. Very few, mostly in
the pedestrian compartment (including this writer) were clearly saying or
writing that this was nonsense. And a huge bubble.
One of the most telling expressions of outrage and
disappointment in the crowds that were assaulted by riot police on November 30
was “why the opposition parties were not protecting the protesters”. The short
answer is that the opposition has no organized combat units that could challenge
the interior ministry troops.