乌克兰的最后一笑

墨尔本——去年,当波兰外长西科尔斯基赴基辅会谈时,乌克兰官员据说嘲笑他戴着一块廉价的日本手表。有几位乌克兰部长戴的手表售价都超过3万美元。在就此撰写的专栏中,我指出石英表能很好地履行手表的职能,其计时的准确性甚至超过售价是其数百倍的机械“名表”。

西科尔斯基笑到了最后。那些嘲笑他的官员在亚努科维奇总统逃离基辅后很快就被乌克兰议会解除了职务。昂贵的手表和亚努科维奇及其亲信的命运恐怕也不无关系。

像很多民众起义一样,腐败是乌克兰革命的关键要素,引发阿拉伯之春革命的针对宰埃尔 - 本·阿里总统的突尼斯革命,以及1986年推翻菲律宾总统马科斯的“人民力量革命”都无一例外。

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