First up, I don’t really check for comments that are pending approval. But I did today and found this comment detailing the experience of a Peace Corps volunteer who was almost killed in Osh (good work by the Osh fire department). It seems that the Peace Corps made an excellent decision in hiring local Kyrgyz gunmen to rescue the volunteer from their besieged building, especially considering that the car was checked for Uzbeks at a roadblock. A Blackhawk full of US Marines or Rangers probably could have rescued them, but not as quietly as the locals did. That’s scary stuff, but of course almost nothing compared to what’s happening to some locals.
In other news, Bakiev said this:
He accused the interim government of having “absolutely no control over the situation” and denied that he or members of his family had a hand in the upheaval.
The country’s leaders, he said, “should stop blaming everything on me, my family, or the previous government. Instead of protecting the people’s safety, instead of trying to resolve the situation and ease the tension, they are only involved in persecution, prosecution, and intimidation.”
Bakiev also called on the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), a Russia-dominated regional security bloc, to send forces to quell the unrest, saying the move is needed “bring the situation back to normal.”
Kyrgyzstan’s interim government, which took power in the wake of Bakiev’s ouster, has called on Russia to send peacekeeping troops, but Moscow has said it does not have a mandate to act independently.
So, Bakiev and the current government agree: Russian troops are needed urgently. That requires an update on the theory that Bakiev is orchestrating this whole thing…to end up agreeing with Otunbaeva? I thought he wanted this chaos? CSTO troops will have the effect of strengthening the interim government. But I’m sure the people who see Bakiev as the mastermind will make the required adjustments to their arguments.