Choosing Friends

One of the billions and billions of Soviet-era jokes that (perhaps at least as much as anything else) brought about the implosion of the Soviet Union was this one, told by Ukrainians (hat tip to the book Hammer and Tickle): “Are the Russians our brothers or our friends? They must be our brothers because we get to choose our friends.” Today some Ukrainians will find it difficult or impossible to vote. But I expect many millions will vote and thus exercise the right of sovereign peoples to choose their friends.

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