EDITORIAL: Chaos in Kyrgyzstan

EDITORIAL

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.

9 responses to “EDITORIAL: Chaos in Kyrgyzstan

  1. I’d rather point to the Russian refusal to send the peacekeeping military force (because the mass pogroms of the Uzbek minority being “an internal conflict”!), which was actually requested by the Tajik interim government.

    Russia only sent forces to protect their own military base. And the Tajiks then simply dropped the request, instead of appealing for the US military aid.

    • Tajiks have an interim government?

      • leos wrote;

        Tajiks have an interim government?

        comment;

        In case you haven’t noticed, dear, this is an another step in the process of desintegration of so called , russian empire’ – just another peripheric war that will be lost -russia is like a decaying dead body………

  2. Everything is completely messed up .

    A. The pogromists are hardly ever connected to Russia , well because they are not and cannot be pro Russian, they are out of Russian culture and influence by definition. Have you ever met a Kirgiz “myrk” or Kazakh “mambet” ? Which are basically the same thing – people from “auls”, ever not knowing Russian language or knowing it very bad. These people have nothing to do with Russia.

    B. The massacred people were or are Russiphied, the population of big cities, more educated, more rich, Uzbeks or Russians .

    C. The Chechen kavkaz center actually took the side of pogromists without any compromises. They make articles that the only gulity party are Uzbeks and Russians. They don’t hide their sympathy to pogromists and make allusions about their connection to radical islam.

    • @Chechen kavkaz center

      Caucaus Emirate, not “Chechen”. According to them there’s even no Chechnya but there’s only Vilayet Nokchicho (various spelling).

      @took the side of pogromists without any compromises. They make articles that the only gulity party are Uzbeks and Russians. They don’t hide their sympathy to pogromists and make allusions about their connection to radical islam.

      Seriously?

      Let’s see:

      http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2010/06/13/12210.shtml

      Are you another guest from Dimaworld (an alternative reality), or are you just a liar?

  3. No, they simply deleted these articles from the site some days ago, I think. From the Russian version, I did not check the English one back then. But indeed these accusations appeared there . I hope I am not the only one who got to to see them. Sorry I cannot give you the URL to fish it out from google cache, the reason being the cite blockade here, so I have to use anonmyizers to read it

    • And according to you, this is that article where “the only gulity party are Uzbeks and Russians” and they “don’t hide their sympathy to pogromists and make allusions about their connection to radical islam”?

      No, they’re talking (in the original content, that is the alleged letter they received) about a strife and how they’re all Muslim and should stop killing “each other” and how it was all organized by the Russian and Uzbek special services. And the rest is just the usual media monitoring about “rampant looters” (a direct quote) and “interethnic clashes” and such.

      Back to my original post, Obama should have proposed the government to send the US peacekeeping force immediately after the Russians publicily refused. And that’s not only because humanitarian reasons, but also because of vital US strategic interests in the region.

  4. I don’t actually see US making good job in maintaining their interests in CA for long long time … for example , the US energetical and coal companies were quietly ousted from strategical Northern Kazakhstan in the last decade, their place being taken by Russians again. It all happened in a very strange way, in mid 90s the locals thought that the Americans had come there for good . Samr goes for the lack of culutral influence on a broad level – no educational centers for masses, no sponsored libraries in English , no grassroots exchange programs. Meanwhile Chinese conquer the sympathy of population through trade, language centers and easy border crossing . Even among Russians in North KZ much more people in small business trade with China than with Russian herself.

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