While all eyes are on Ukraine, protesters are occupying the Taiwanese parliament, long-running, violent protests continue in Turkey, Thailand and Venezuela, and Egypt is consolidating military authoritarian power after protests there ousted its democratically-elected leader. In Ukraine and Egypt, the abrupt reversal of electoral choice was — with minimum nuance — heralded by Western democracies. Three challenges now need direct rebuttals. First, democracy has lost its post Cold War status as a universal vision. Second, national security comes from having nuclear weapons; Third, the bullet is a far more efficient method for changing policy than the ballot box.