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Democracy a Victim of Hit and Run in Georgia

1:00 PM, May 27, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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There is bad video of cops beating handcuffed protesters. Police got a little carried away beating on some of the people—but nothing too bad considering it's a bunch of lunatics with clubs who refused police orders to disperse.

But this is not Russia. In Georgia, where the rule of law is respected, the cops are going to be investigated – then probably fired and could end up doing jail time themselves.

Some will surely try to place Georgian opposition and protesters in with the Arab Spring—probably under the assumption that all protests that draw blood look alike. Squishy Europeans and the Obama administration will probably use this as another excuse not to support the Georgians as fully as we should.

But Georgia isn’t a tyranny. In a democracy, unlike Putin’s Russia, that's how things work—warts and all.

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