The Wisdom Of The People


Then came the coup attempt. Tens of thousands of Muscovites took to the streets and placed themselves between the advancing tanks and the newly elected parliament. Newsreel footage showed a young man attempting to stop an armored personnel carrier by lying down in front of it. It did not stop and bystanders hauled him to safety a fraction of a second before he would have been crushed beneath twenty tons of unforgiving steel. The man looked very much like Alexander. I watched the scene several times on different networks and each time came away a little more certain, though I knew well that the odds of seeing him on TV were incalculably small. Still, I hoped that it had indeed been my friend face down on that Moscow street.

Whoever he was, he had been willing to stake his life on the wisdom of the people.