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At Least 39 Killed In Kyrgyzstan Rioting

From a context-free Associated Press:

39 killed, nearly 600 wounded in Kyrgyz rioting

By LEILA SARALAYEVA and PETER LEONARD (AP)

June 11, 2010

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan — Mobs of armed men torched Uzbek neighborhoods in southern Kyrgyzstan on Friday in ethnic clashes that officials said left at least 39 people dead and nearly 600 wounded. A state of emergency was declared in the Central Asian nation that hosts U.S. and Russian military bases.

The rioting in Osh, the country’s second-largest city, is the heaviest violence since former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev was toppled in a bloody uprising in April and fled the country.

“Uprising.” You see, it was all ‘grassroots.’ It had nothing to do with Mr. Putin and the Russians and their ‘astro-turfing.’

The intensity of the conflict, which pits ethnic Kyrgyz against minority Uzbeks, appeared to have taken authorities by surprise and threw the fragile interim government’s prospects for survival into doubt.

Quelling the violence will prove a decisive test of the government’s ability to control the country, hold a June 27 vote on a new constitution and go ahead with new parliamentary elections scheduled for October.

And the Russians have nothing to do with it.

Dozens of buildings across Osh were ablaze Friday after witnesses reported sustained gunfire beginning late Thursday. Gangs of young men armed with metal bars and stones attacked shops and set cars alight.

The interim government declared a state of emergency in Osh and dispatched armored vehicles, troops and helicopters to pacify the situation. Soldiers were posted at routes into the city and at major intersections, but the fighting did not abate. Authorities imposed a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. until June 20…

Armed men flooded in from nearby villages to join the fight, a trader in Osh said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the volatile situation.

"I have just driven through the city and the streets are filled with young men brandishing sticks, armor and weapons," said Bakyt Omorkulov, a member of the Coalition for Democracy and Civil Society, a non-governmental group…

Many of the injured had been stabbed or shot, Health Ministry spokeswoman Yelena Bailinova said as she gave the death toll. Dozens were reported in serious condition.

A doctor at a hospital in Osh said the death toll could climb sharply because many Uzbeks were too afraid to seek treatment…

Smaller-scale ethnic violence also broke out late Friday in the capital, Bishkek, where a mob of Kyrgyz men attacked and robbed ethnic Uzbeks at a popular bazaar…

At a security summit in neighboring Uzbekistan, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev both expressed concern over the fighting and promised to help Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic of 5 million people, restore order.

"We are really interested in seeing Kyrgyzstan overcome the stage of internal upheaval as quickly as possible and solve the task of forming a modern government capable of tackling acute problems of socio-economic development," Medvedev said

Uh-huh. It’s only a question of time before the Kyrgyzstan ‘government’ invites the Soviet Russian army in – to help with their security.

Kyrgyzstan also hosts the Manas U.S. military air base in Bishkek, a crucial support center supplying forces fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. Bakiyev’s government had vowed to close the base last year, but later agreed to let U.S. forces stay after raising the rent to $63 million from $17 million.

And of course our good friends the Russians had nothing to do with this.

In recent weeks, operations at Manas have been hindered by a dispute over the interim government’s decision to tax fuel sold to the base. The U.S. military says it has stopped refueling tanker planes at Manas while fuel prices are being renegotiated, but flights to ferry military personnel and supplies to and from Afghanistan have continued.

Again, the Russians turned the most pro-American government in the area into one of the most anti-American.

Thank goodness we have hit the ‘reset button’ on our relationship.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, June 11th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “At Least 39 Killed In Kyrgyzstan Rioting”

  1. Right of the People

    It’s just me personally but I would never go to a country that ends in stan.

    It’s discouraging to see all the hard work of over 40 years we spent around the world trying to help all go to hell in such a short period of time. Of course it is always easier to destroy something than to build it up.

  2. GetBackJack

    Well, look at it this way. If the powers behind the throne in Krygzstan can so easily be flipped after 40 years of working to pry them out of Russia’s clutches …. they weren’t all that committed to us anyway.

    We’re absolutely kidding ourselves if we think America, our Constitution or anything that makes us what we are matters in the least to any other Nation in the world. Isolated pockets of individuals, sure. But Nations? Not a chance. Never have, never will. They’re each and all out for themselves, and only Washington’s eagerness to throw your money at them has kept any Nation friendly to us.

  3. Rick Caird

    After the 2008 election, I had a brief flurry of hope that Obama would not turn out to be as bad as I feared. He did, after all, keep Gates. But, those hopes were soon dashed. I thought returning the bust of Churchill was a rookie mistake. It turned out to be the beginning of a unique foreign policy that consisted of “dissing” our allies and cuddling up to our enemies. This unique strategy has failed miserably and is getting worse.

    Our problems with Russia gained momentum when Obama buckled with nary a whimper on the anti missile defense in Eastern Europe. That wiped out a lot of good work getting their permission. It emboldened Putin to see what he could get next. Each “next” has been followed by another “next”. Obama and his team have become merely a deer in the headlights. I never thought any President could make Carter look wise and decisive. It turns out I was wrong.

    • proreason

      It hasn’t failed miserably from the perspective of the libwits.

      They have long hated the USA, and now they are able to bring it down to the level of the rest of the world. Far from feeling incompetant, they are proud of what they are doing. It’s a lifelong dream.

      You fall into the trap of many who wish / think their actions fall within the broad spectrum of normal American behavior. They don’t. They are revolutionaries and their clear intent is to ruin this country forever.




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