Foreign praise of the Latvian government's reaction to March 16 was exactly what its leaders wanted. However, the price of this small victory has been to further alienate the rulers from their people.Faced with a foreign relations and media disaster, the government's hand washing was understandable. Less forgivable was its failure to do anything to get its own constituents on side. Many of the current ministers were members of the Parliament that gave the day state approval. In the lead up to this March 16, Messrs. Birkavs and Kristopans did not lift a finger to rescind the decision. And o...
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