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Peter Lavelle's take, for what it's worth:
Untimely Thoughts: The complexity of Belarus' election (March 18, 2002)
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First, yes the majority's choice should be accepted...
Second, there is no indication that the vote is anything but fair...
Third, yes, people vote with their pocketbook...
Fourth, Belarusians aren't cut off from the world...
Sixth, the West (EU and US) are good at talking, but are short on actions...
Seventh, Belarus' "economic miracle" is all but spent...
Eighth, Luka's system is weak and its political assault on society increases the likelihood that political change could be quick and violent in the medium term.
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A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Mar 23rd, 2006 at 01:04:00 PM EST
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