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West must stand up against Putin

RUSSIA'S autocratic ruler, Vladimir Putin, has reacted brutally to the ousting of Viktor Yanukovych. It is now well to remember the words of Thomas Jefferson, that people are endowed "with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that to secure these rights governments are instituted ... whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter, or abolish, it and to institute new government".

For all those who value such rights in their own nation, it is time to stand with the people of Ukraine.

DAN DONOVAN

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