Bad Democrats

Anne Applebaum in the Washington Post takes issue with a recent Guardian article which described the last fortnight’s events in Ukraine as:

“an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing.”

and a

“CIA-sponsored third world uprising of cold war days, adapted to post-Soviet conditions.”

Why does an apparantly ‘liberal’ newspaper see fit to belittle and show hostility to fellow Europeans demonstrating in the freezing cold against electoral fraud ? Applebaum quotes Hitchens :

At least a part of the Western left — or rather the Western far left — is now so anti-American, or so anti-Bush, that it actually prefers authoritarian or totalitarian leaders to any government that would be friendly to the United States. Many of the same people who found it hard to say anything bad about Saddam Hussein find it equally difficult to say anything nice about pro-democracy demonstrators in Ukraine.

Sad but true.

via Mick Hartley