What talk of unity?
It appears that the pro-Putin Viktor Yanukovych is making a call for unity. He also called for the apparent loser to accept defeat. How big of him. Let's hope he starts taking his own advice.
Frankly, I hate this kind of stuff. Yanukovych really has no place calling for the very thing he has tirelessly worked against in this election. Note in the debate that he says that Viktor Yuschenko will only be leader of part of Ukraine (i.e., the non ethnic Russian part). Note well that Yuschenko was almost killed by deliberate dioxin poisoning. That kind of thing will divide people. Of course, Yanukovych was cool to Yuschenko's offer to tour the country with him after the election to promote unity. But it sounded good in a debate. Hmmm...dividing an electorate based on ethnicity in order to inflame emotions. Sound familiar?
I issued this post just after the election because John Kerry did the same thing. After a year of screeching rhetoric, accusations of the worst kind of behavior, and efforts to pit group against group, and credible allegations of election mischief by and on behalf of the Democrats, Kerry has the gall to call for unity, implicitly laying the burden of doing it on the shoulders of Bush. Which is much like Michael Jackson complaining that kids avoid him nowadays.
Make no mistake, both the current ruling government in Ukraine and the Democrats are birds of a feather. They use similar tacics and have the same attitude of entitlement to power. And the same disdain for the people they propose to serve.
So Yanukovych can spare us the laments about division. The one who caused it can't complain about it.