Don’t Cry for Me Ukraina

If this election is akin to a Disney production, then Yulia Tymoshenko is the real star. Her ability to change her political spots, outwitting her allies and opponents along the way, is encapsulated in her many potential monikers: Evita, Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, Gas Princess, Lady Macbeth, and Vladimir Putin. Given her ability to be all these seemingly at once, or individually depending on which way the political winds are blowing, one wonders what kind of career the braided one would have had on stage and screen. Alas, we’ll never know since she chose to act in the drama that is Ukrainian politics. Tymoshenko’s continued rise is emblematic of something else. Namely, that little colored revolution that captivated the world five years ago was nothing more than oligarchic war by other means.