Oranžové Vánoce na Ukrajině

To, že Ukrajinci budou volit svobodu v čase Vánoc, je skutečně dokonalá shoda okolností. Neboť naše hnutí je triumfem radostných zástupů, nikoliv lůzy; protestů, nikoliv rabování; jasného smyslu, nikoliv chaosu. Cosi nového tak prosytí zvyky těch, kdo odteď budou vládnout Ukrajině: respekt k jednotlivcům, což je fundamentální pojistka proti zneužívání moci.

Nic už nikdy nesníží, co bylo v ulicích Kyjeva v sázce – a co jsme si vydobyli. Ukrajinský lid skrze odvahu a odhodlání oživil svou sebeúctu. Ukrajinci mají důvod k hrdosti. Sebedůvěra těch, kdo jsou řízeni, a opatrnost těch, kdo je řídí: právě to jsou psychologické prameny demokracie a skutečné svobody a v naší vlasti už nebude možné je odklonit.

Nikdy nebylo pochyb o tom, že za dvanáct let své nezávislosti se Ukrajina obrovsky změnila. Přesto pod hlavněmi střelných zbraní nikdo – ani stateční muži a ženy, již ve statisících stanovali ve sněhu před ukrajinským parlamentem, – s jistotou nevěděl, zda tyto změny vytrhly Ukrajince ze spárů strachu a lhostejnosti. Úspěch jejich vzdoru dokazuje moc myšlenky, jež odcházejícího prezidenta Leonida Kučmu a jeho pomahače vyvádí z míry: totiž že demokracie znamená vzít zodpovědnost za svůj osud do vlastních rukou.

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