coup d'état noun \ˌkü-(ˌ)dā-ˈtä, ˈkü-(ˌ)dā-ˌ, -də-\ : a sudden attempt by a small group of people to take over the government usually through violence.Ukraine had a democratically elected president and representatives in parliament. It had/has a constitution with specific rules on how and when elections are held. It has rules for removing a president or any other member of parliament. Ukraine had elections scheduled in 12 months. All those democratic means for removing the president were bypassed by a crowd of protestors with grievances (valid or not) that were latched upon by the US to bypass the democratic processes of removing the president. The crowd brought arms in Maidan (and were bringing much more) in order to force the government to capitulate. Now go back and read that coup d' etat definition. What we saw was a definitive coup. No If, ands, buts or maybes. So why is it that the NY Times put "coup" in quotes as if that was not in fact what happened?
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
The NYT Thinks You're An Idiot. Are You?
Yesterday I posted the definition of a coup d'etat known commonly as a coup: