April 21, 2009
What Now for Moldova?
Stephen Schwartz, Weekly Standard
Prishtina, Kosovo From the United States, the small, failed state of Moldova seems distant and irrelevant. The disputed election of a new Communist government headed by an ethnic Russian, Vladimir Voronin, produced anti-Communist rioting at the beginning of this month. Moldova seemed to embody, if more appropriately, Neville Chamberlain â s infamous description, at the time of Munich, of the controversy between Sudeten Germans and then-Czechoslovakia: â a quarrel in a faraway country, between people of whom we know nothing.
Yet, as with the Sudetenland affair of 71 years ago, Moldova merits a closer look, and from Kosovo and other troubled countries nearby, the events in Moldova appear to be serious warnings of future crises.
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