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BEFORE the media start pontificating about sinister "masked men" seizing government buildings and darkening the utopian "new dawn" of the Kiev coup, they should recall that a few days ago they cheered the seizing of government buildings and the overthrow of an elected head of state – and overlooked the fact that some of those taking part in the revolution were armed, masked, and affiliated to neo–fascist groups.

Before politicians start pontificating about restraint and international law, they should also recall the example they repeatedly set with brutal and illegal aggression against so many distant countries, from Iraq to Libya.

It is Western chickens, not Putin's, that appear to be swooping in to roost in Ukraine and the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

PETER McKENNA

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