Chaos in Kyrgyzstan
It seems like only yesterday that a Russia-supported coup d’etat swept aside the pro-U.S. government of Kyrgyzstan in favor of one sympathetic to Russia. And now, the world already sees the results of that action: brutal, bloody ethnic violence, a massive refugee crisis, and Russian military forces moving to seize yet another former Soviet slave state once again by the throat (the Russian Scoop blog has photos from the scene and more details). There are already 400,000 refugees and the situation looks increasingly hopeless. Indeed, the only thing that may save Kyrgyzstan from this fate is Russian cowardice in the face of the Frankenstein monster it has created.
The notion that a Russia-sponsored putsch could possibly result in better living conditions for the people of Kyrgyzstan was ridiculous from the beginning.
Russia may well, in fact be delighted to see the breakdown of law and order, since it will be a perfect excuse for Russia to conduct further acts of aggression and imperialism. Should Russia annex Kyrgyzstan, all its residents would have to look forward to would be the life of a Russian citizen: stripped of freedom of expression and stuck in dire poverty, living at most to age 60 in conditions of squalor and degradation.
And Russia, of course, may be looked to as a model by all the crazed racist groups on the planet for lessons about how to repress and liquidate racial minorities. The thugs running amok in Kyrgyzstan today may well believe they have been authorized to do so by Russia’s complicity in affecting regime change in their country, may well believe they can act with impunity to purge their nation of all “undesirables.”
And how about Russian hypocrisy? Russians screamed to high heaven when NATO sought to affect regime change in the former Yugoslavia, and yet Russia obviously feels itself free to intervene in places ranging from Chechnya to Ossetia to Kyrgyzstan with impunity. Are Russians really unable to recognize how utterly ridiculous their contradiction of their own principles makes them appear before the eyes of a slack-jawed world?
The people of Kyrgyzstan are now learning what it means to be “befriended” by the Russians, just as the Chechens and Ossetians have already learned. They are moving down the path towards life in a neo-Soviet state, full of misery and hopelessness, leading ultimately to national collapse.
We pity them.