Thursday, November 12, 2009

In search of ten righteous people...

One of my favourite passages in the Bible is in chapter 18 of Genesis.  Abraham's nephew Lot, his wife and two daughters are living in the city of Sodom, which has been overcome by all sorts of evil.  God tells Abraham that the city is about to be destroyed because of its wickedness, and they start negotiating:

Abraham approached him and said: "Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked?  What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it?  Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?"

The LORD said, "If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake."

Then Abraham spoke up again: "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city because of five people?" 

"If I find forty-five there," he said, "I will not destroy it."

Once again he spoke to him, "What if only forty are found there?"

He said, "For the sake of forty, I will not do it."

Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?"

He answered, "I will not do it if I find thirty there."

Abraham said, "Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?"

He said, "For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it."

Then he said, "May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?"

He answered, "For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it."

Unfortunately, at the end of the day, Abraham could only scrape up four righteous people and Sodom was destroyed.

I can't help thinking of the parallel with the Communist Party in Moldova, an organisation whose deputies and functionaries have committed all sorts of evils over the last eight years.  In the second round of the presidential election they will have the chance to save their party by voting (at least in part) for Marian Lupu and thereby giving Moldova a chance at a half-decent future.  If they don't vote Lupu they will go the way of Sodom as their sins are uncovered and they are eventually punished by the electorate in an anticipated poll or a referendum.

My question:  Are there ten righteous (or at least 'redeemable') people in the PCRM?


  1. Since the AIE leaders have declared their appartenence to the democratic political system, absolutely any judgment and decision in such a situation should rest entirely on the existing normative framework. The existing normative framework refers to the ENTIRE MOLDOVAN SOCIETY.

  2. "Uncovered sins " what is this? How would you define them ?

  3. Anonymous 1: It would seem to me that Lupu is the best possible representative of the entire moldovan society. He is an ethnic Moldovan, but reaches out to all groups in society and to all of Moldova's important foreign partners. He is the most popular politician in the country. The PCRM need to recognise this rather than seeking their own narrow aims.

    Anonymous 2: 'uncovered' is used here as a verb rather than an adjective; I was referring to the process of discovery we are currently going through.

  4. Lupu doesn't matter at all in this equation(as an autonomous factor at least).
    first, voting/non voting (for Lupu)in corpore, is a certain death for Com. Party(this campaign is lost already), second and the best way for them is to start to reform the party, by dividing the party into two divisions:
    radical leftists with Voronin, Petrenco, Tcaciuk and Misin as leaders, and central- left wing with Dodon, Tzurcanu Grecianii and Munteanu (the last wing should vote for Lupu on the next elections day, generating the internal reformation. This tactics should bring them maximum votes in the next campaign. The only condition should be that the central-leftists are playing in the same team with AIE for the next 4 years.

  5. Anonymous:

    Very good comment, although I don't think the split will be between the far-left and the centre-left. Voronin doesn't believe in communism or socialism any more than Turcan does, and the supposedly 'far-right extremist' liberal parties show far more concern for the poor and downtrodden than the PCRM ever did.

    What is interesting, however, is that the first list of four surnames are all of Russian or Ukrainian origin, while the last list of surnames are Moldovan. The split is basically ethnic, between Slavs and Moldovans.

    If what you say is true, the PCRM will become a party which specifically represents the Russian-speaking minorities while Turcan will lead a splinter group for 'ideological moldovenists' (i.e. moldovans who do not want strong ties with Romania).

  6. .....and another important factor here is that Vladimir's church should keep his current authority for the next 4 years

  7. fundamental concepts and ideologies doesn't mean too much (so far) for Moldovan electorate...since there is not a basic foundation for it...