But — bless my second thoughts —
revisiting the premises of the author’s argument shows an acrobatic leap
into sound bites, such as: “The Association Agreement (between the European
Union and Ukraine) is about the political future of the Ukrainian state ……. The
political future of the tens of millions of Ukrainian people should not be
dependent on the future of the single person.”. Meaning Tymoshenko.
Although recognizing that the trial and imprisonment of Tymoshenko have been politically motivated, the observations, conclusions
and implications as presented, are not entirely fair to Tymoshenko.
Particularly troubling is the suggestion that her release from jail, if it occurs,
would stir turmoil and would “split the opposition.”
What follows in that article may not be exactly character
assassination, but rather extensive quoting of Tymoshenko’s critics as someone with inflated
ambitions, “lust for power”, and her “putting of personal interests ahead of