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Going back in time

February 19, 2014 - Harry Eagar
The Washington Post headline sounds like it was ripped from the pages of 1914:

Whip-wielding Russian Cossacks attack

But, no, today in Sochi.

The text is overrestrained: "The Cossacks roughly pulled off the masks and flicked their whips at the group."

The accompanying video shows something more than "flicking." It was a beating. But it's the 21st century, so they didn't ride down the unarmed women on horses or beat them with the flat of their swords.

Just a reminder, I guess, that the peasants really were revolting. When I read the numerous screeds of the rightwingers about communism, they seem to forget that.

An op-ed in today's New York Times about Bahrain puts a curious spin on the problem of trying to move toward popular self-government in traditional societies. Russia suggests it cannot be done in under a hundred years.


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