Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan engulfed in flames and rebellion

Most people in the States probably don’t know where Kyrgyzstan is. Even me, Mr. Russo-Soviet History Guy, had to check exactly where it is. It’s north of India and Pakistan, south of Russia and Kazakhstan, and west of China (mostly). Here’s a map of the country. It was part of the Soviet Union, the U.S.’s last Hated Enemy, until the U.S.S.R. disintegrated in 1991.

CNN and the New York Times both have lengthy reports on what’s happening on the ground there.

Personally, I had no idea that there was such extensive political instability in Kyrgyzstan that it could or wood burst into flame as it has done. I don’t think it’s got that much to do with the U.S. air base in Kyrgyzstan that was being used to fuel the war in Afghanistan. Though that must have been part of it, as the country was under pressure from Russia to close the base. Naturally, there would be American counter-pressure. Who knows?

Not sure of what it means. Just hope it settles okay.

Also. it seems there is a prominent uranium processing and reprocessing plant in Kyrgyzstan. What do you bet the States and Britain have invested some money in protecting that facility? I sure hope they have, anyway.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.