The democracy meme

“I will not accept the results of the presidential election until it is proved to me and the Ukrainian people that they are legitimate and credible in accordance with conditions set down by the constitution,” [Yanukovych] said in a statement.

“I need no fictitious victory, a result which could lead to violence and victims. No position of authority, no matter how important, is worth a single human life.”

What’s happening in the Ukraine is truly astounding. People who grew up living under a Communist dictatorship are now out in the streets, demanding an honest vote count.

(Via the BBC.) Update: Dig Postmodern Clog, blogging from the front.