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You're reading: The Wall Street Journal picks a loser

Clearly,
former President Victor Yushchenko has clout. 
Is it because his Wall Street Journal piece (Aug. 23 “Ukraine’s democracy hasn’t
come of age”
)
supports Russia’s imperial goals? Or, is he a gofer for President Victor Yanukovych,
by downplaying the current leader’s illegal incarceration of opposition leaders
while calling on the European Union to grant Ukraine a free trade and
association agreement?  These are issues
dear to the president’s heart and he buys American advisers’ know-how to get his
message to decision makers. 

Much
is at stake.  Either the EU signs and in
so doing abandons incarcerated opposition leaders, or it stands firm and upholds
democracy. Yushchenko does not seem to want the latter.  His writing helps to deliver a win-win for
the president.

The EU should not listen.  Here’s why.

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