Anarchy in the Ukraine

  • Aired:  02/25/14
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Protesters call for the resignation of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, and the American media calls for the same thing it always calls for. (3:17)

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]>> Jon: HEY, WELCOME TO "THE

DAILY SHOW".

MY NAME IS JON STEWART.

THE PROGRAM TONIGHT WILL BEEXCEPTIONAL.

MY GUEST TONIGHT MICHIO KAKU.

HE IS A THEORETICAL QUANTUMPHYSICIST POSTULATING ON THE

NEUROSCIENCES.

I WILL ASK HIM TO GIVE ME HISLUNCH MONEY. [ LAUGHTER ]

LET'S BEGIN IN THE UKRAINE. ACOUNTRY PRECARIOUSLY BALANCEDBETWEEN RUSSIAN AND EUROPEANINFLUENCES.

A BARRIER TWIXT EAST ANDWEST, A THIN BORSCHT WALL IF YOU

WILL SEPARATING THE KREMLIN'SDOMINANT INFLUENCE, REPRESENTEDHERE BY THE GIANTANIMATRONIC CRYING

BEAR, A CLASSIC ICON OF RUSSIANPOWER AND EUROPEAN INFLUENCE

REPRESENTED BY AN (bleep).

[ LAUGHTER ]WHO THINKS HIS TINY COFFEE IS

SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANYBODYELSE'S COFFEE.

IF IT WAS SO GREAT, WHY DON'TYOU DRINK MORE OF IT?

[LAUGHTER]>> ANYWAY MY POINT IS UKRAINE

HAS DESCENDED TO CHAOS.

>> THE TROUBLE BEGAN IN NOVEMBERWHEN PRESIDENT YANUKOVYCHREJECTED AN ECONOMIC DEAL WITH

THE EUROPEAN UNION IN FAVOR OFCLOSER TIES WITH RUSSIA.

THE COUNTRY SPLIT IN TWO UNTILDEMONSTRATORS FINALLY CALLED FOR

PRESIDENT YANUKOVYCH TO STEPDOWN.

>> RIOT POLICE AND PROTESTERSCLASHED AGAIN IN KIEV'S

INDEPENDENCE SQUARE.

>> Jon: FIRST THING I'M GOINGTO DO WHEN I'M A DICTATOR, I'M

GOING GET RID OF ALL THESE(bleep) SQUARES.

[ LAUGHTER ]

NOTHING GOOD HAPPENS FORDICTATORS IN SQUARES.

[LAUGHTER]YOU NEVER HEAR ABOUT UPRISINGS

IN TAHIR TRIANGLE OR TIANNANMENRHOMBUS.

YOU NEVER HEAR THAT.

IT'S A TERRIBLE SITUATION, ACOMPLICATED SITUATION.

THERE ARE HISTORIC DIVISIONSAMONGST WEST LEANING UKRAINIANS

AND THOSE WHO STILL CONSIDERTHEMSELVES RUSSIAN.

THERE'S FALLOUT FROM UKRAINE'S2004 ORANGE REVOLUTION.

THERE'S PARALLELS HERE WITH THEARAB SPRING OR TO PUT ALL THISIN

PARLANCE OUR MEDIA CANUNDERSTAND.

>> I WONDER HOW IT WILL PLAY IN2014 OR EVEN IN 2016.

>> Jon: YES.

THE CRUCIAL QUESTION ASUKRAINIANS BRAVELY TAKE TO THE

STREETS AS ALWAYS, WHAT DOES ITMEAN FOR OUR MID TERMS OR

PERHAPS OUR PRESIDENTIALELECTION?

AFTER ALL UKRAINE DOES RANK ASAN ISSUE VOTERS CARE ABOUT JUST

UNDER EQUAL RIGHTS FORGHOSTS AND SHOULD

EVOLUTION BE TAUGHT IN POOLS.

I'M SURE UKRAINE IS EQUALLY ASFIXATED ON AMERICAN POLITICS.

>> I BELIEVE THIS UPRISING WILLHELP CHRISTIE.

WE'VE DONE IT TO DISTRACTAMERICANS FROM BRIDGEGATE. THISWILL HELP CHRISTIE IN THE IOWACAUCASIAN.

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