In the Washington Post Anne Applebaum surveys the conspiracy theories currently in vogue on the Left regarding the struggle for democracy in Ukraine. She posits that these theorists really do deserve to be characterized as "Freedom-Haters":
At least a part of the Western left -- or rather the Western far left -- is now so anti-American, or so anti-Bush, that it actually prefers authoritarian or totalitarian leaders to any government that would be friendly to the United States. Many of the same people who found it hard to say anything bad about Saddam Hussein find it equally difficult to say anything nice about pro-democracy demonstrators in Ukraine. Many of the same people who would refuse to condemn a dictator who is anti-American cannot bring themselves to admire democrats who admire, or at least dont hate, the United States. I certainly dont believe, as President Bush sometimes simplistically says, that everyone who disagrees with American policies in Iraq or elsewhere "hates freedom." Thats why its so shocking to discover that some of them do.