After a series of post-election protests in Ukraine in 2004, dubbed and romanticized as the Orange Revolution, a second round of elections caused the fall of the previous ‘winner’, a pro-Russian leading candidate, and the ultimate victory for the pro-Western candidate. There were parties in the streets and all was well. (There was a rather large resentment that existed among parts of the country that were pro-Russian and they would eventually recapture the government in later elections, but let’s not let that get in the way of the overreaching positive theme).
Months later there was another romantically named revolution in a country thousands of miles to the east, the Tulip Revolution in Kyrgyzstan. While there will probably never be another romantic sounding name for the events that have occurred this year in the landlocked central Asian nation, what is for sure is that blood runs in the streets in another place where everything old is new again.
So which method of revolution is better?