Dick Morris has served as a consultant to Viktor Yushchenko. Read his article, Inside Ukraine's Freedom Fight. [Via Rob Tracinski's post, Inside the Orange Revolution.] Will the election outcome have a positive "domino effect" on other states? Pete du Pont, Chairman of the National Center for Policy Analysis, says:
That a genuine democratic revolution is underway is clear from Mr. Yushchenko's approximate 16 point margin in Sunday's re-election, an enormous victory for freedom that may encourage Belarus, Moldova and other Russian subsidiary states to end their totalitarianism too. (OpinionJournal, 12/27/04.)
From Putin's Big Blunder by Dick Morris and Eileen McGann:
We are picking up the seismic shock from the streets of Kiev in the little nation of Moldova, where we are helping the pro-democracy forces.
This tiny nation, formerly the Soviet Socialist Republic of Moldova, was once a province of Romania but was given to Moscow in the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1939. Nominally independent since the Soviet Union broke up in '91, Moldova has actually been headed by a communist government that would like to go back under Russian hegemony. (Vote.com, 12/22/04.)
I have to celebrate the orange revolution in Ukraine with a chestnut crêpe (gesztenye palacsinta) when I am back in Hungary in January.
Read John Fund's article, From America With Love. Ukraine's new first lady knows what freedom really means.
Here is Robert Tracinski's comment (The American Roots of the Orange Revolution):
Meanwhile, free elections have won the day in Ukraine, where the "Orange Revolution" has won a decisive victory in one of the last battles of the Cold War. I have written before about how America's example is an important root of the Orange Revolution, but this report makes the link much more concrete, profiling the American-born, University-of-Chicago-educated wife of Ukrainian president-elect Viktor Yuschenko. (TIA Daily, 12/28/04.)