: What a wonderful column from Nick Kristof today, celebrating the democratic victory in Ukraine. Kristof’s father was from the Urkraine.
Here’s a suggestion for President Bush from the protesters behind the democratic “orange revolution” here: Wear an orange tie.
“If he wore an orange tie, people here would be crying,” said Yuri Maluta, a protester from Lviv. “It would show that the American president supports democracy here.”
The request says something about the lighthearted and pro-American spirit on the streets. Since my father grew up in what is now southwestern Ukraine, I decided to come here to join my people – and I found that waging revolution has rarely been such fun.
Young people enveloped in orange scarves, hats and ribbons alternately chant slogans for freedom, boogie to rock music, eat oranges, warm up and flirt at McDonald’s, and disappear into their downtown “tent city” to make love, not war.
The protest organizers have placed gorgeous young women in the vanguard of confrontations with troops, so the troops will be too dazzled to club them.
Oh, how I love that last note. [Memo to the next Howard Dean: If you want to win Iowa, don’t send in geeks in wacky hats; send in democracy babes.]