Friday, November 26, 2004

Irony in U Minor

I heard a great joke today.

Q: What's the difference between the Ukraine and the US?
A: When Ukrainians feel an election was stolen they do something about it.

In what can only be seen as an ironic situation, the US is over in Europe helping the Ukrainians sort things out. Maybe their explaining butterfly ballots and pregnant chads.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych was announced initially as the winner of the Nov. 21st presidential election with a 49% to 47% victory over challenger Viktor Yushchenko. Yanukovych has yet to announce that he won a broad mandate. Yushchenko has accused the government of election fraud, and his supporters have gone on a national strike. Current Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma warned the protestors that there might be unnamed "consequences" for their actions. I wonder if Ukraine is where John Ashcroft is retiring to.

President Bush also made a statement:

"There are a lot of allegations of vote fraud that places the validity of their elections in doubt,'' Bush told reporters in Crawford, Texas. "The international community is watching very carefully. People are paying very close attention to this and hopefully it will be resolved in a way that brings credit and confidence to the Ukrainian government."

I wonder where this sudden statesmanship was in 2000? In the Ukraine, Bush is supporting a recount. The Russians want to leave it up to the courts.

Don't worry, I got the tag number of that big semi-load of irony that just ran over the US.