". . . little shall I grace my cause

In speaking for myself. Yet, by your gracious patience,

I will a round unvarnish'd tale deliver . . ."

(William Shakespeare's Othello, I.iii.88-90)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

So Much for a Democratic Russia

Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov has completed a 5-day jail sentence after being arrested for participating in an anti-Putin rally. He had appealed the sentence, but his appeal was denied.

The U.S. response has been decidedly weak, with vacuous comments about one friend (I guess that would be the United States) counseling another (our buddy Russia) not to do things that are detrimental to its own well-being.

I am disappointed that our government did not greet this action with the condemnation it deserved. And I think this is one brave man.


elephantschild said...

WHAT? No comments on this?

PEOPLE!! Do you know what's happening in Russia?

From things I've been hearing, Kasparov got very lucky if they let him go after just five days.

Many others have not been so lucky.

AmusedMomma said...

You have to wonder about foreign policy that uses a blind eye in some situations and not others. What is the political expediency in not condemning what is wrong here? Is Russia that good of a buddy of the US?

Heavy sigh!