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I'm not "debating" you.  Were you in Russia during the transition period?  Did you see it firsthand?  Let me assure you it is quite different seeing the mass suffering in person, rather than reading about it in your morning paper while sitting in your nice safe apartment/house with a full stomache and no one shooting at you and your kids every day.

That's a tremendously patronizing attitude.  So only people who are actually present during a transition have the right to opinions about it?  That would appear to invalidate your opinions about the current situation in Belarus, since you've said you're in America right now.  

That would also mean that I am the only person on this site (that I know of) who would get to have an opinion about Iraq.

And that is ridiculous.

by the stormy present (stormypresent aaaaaaat gmail etc) on Fri Mar 24th, 2006 at 07:14:40 AM EST
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