The news out of Kyrgyzstan this week has been that a popular uprising has overthrown the government President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, five years after the so-called Tulip revolution that propelled him to power in this small mountainous country of around five million people.
At least 75 people have been killed and more than 1,400 injured during public protests in Kyrgyzstan. The opposition formed a provisional government and claimed it had the support of the country’s armed forces, border guards and police.
This may appear to be a comparatively minor event on the global stage, but in reality it is a significant development in geopolitics and a very risky tactical ploy by the Obama administration in Washington.
Today the BBC are reporting events in Kyrgyzstan and quotes ousted President Bakiyev saying that his life is in danger in the country and the opposition forces that have taken over the government want to kick out the US military base at Manas.
It is possible that some of the opposition forces that deposed Bakiyev who came to power in 2005 do indeed want to get rid of the US military presence in their country, but so did the now deposed Kyrgyz government until it was bribed to change its mind.
In February of 2009 the Kyrgyz government announced that it was evicting U.S. and NATO forces from its country, but relented in June when Washington offered it $60 million to reverse its decision.
As Rick Rozoff has pointed out in a recent Global Research article (April 8, 2010):-
The Pentagon secured the Manas Air Base (as of last year known as the Transit Center at Manas) in Kyrgyzstan shortly after its invasion of Afghanistan in October of 2001 and in the interim, according to a U.S. armed forces publication last June, “More than 170,000 coalition personnel passed through the base on their way in or out of Afghanistan, and Manas was the transit point for 5,000 tons of cargo, including spare parts and equipment, uniforms and various items to support personnel and mission needs.
Manas was one of the many entirely intentional results of the 11 September 2001 false flag attacks in the United States.
“Currently, around 1,000 U.S. troops, along with a few hundred from Spain and France, are assigned to the base.”
In time honored tradition Washington has propped up a corrupt, brutal mafia type dynasty in Kyrgyzstan, just like they have in many other places all around the world and like in many of those places, when these gangster regimes become dispensable, the US has attempted to ensure that they are dispensed with in ways- not detrimental to America’s interests in the region.
At least 75 people have been killed and more than 1,400 injured during public protests in Kyrgyzstan.
The opposition has now formed a provisional government in the country.
The protests began in the northwestern Kyrgyz town of Talas on Tuesday and spread to other regions of the country, including the capital Bishkek, on Wednesday.
The US “Transit Center” at Manas is a major conduit for NATO operations in Afghanistan.
This is a very big deal indeed.
The White House’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the ‘Angel of Death’ Richard Holbrooke paid his first visit in his current position to Kyrgyzstan - and the three other former Soviet Central Asian republics which border it, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan – in February and said “35,000 US troops were transiting each month on their way in and out of Afghanistan.”
Holbrooke, Peace Corps representative and investment banker extraordinaire has been a NATO prime mover under Clinton in the former Yugoslavia, then later in Iraq and as US ambassador to the UN.
He has the blood of tens of thousands of innocent victims of US imperialism on his hands and is a bit of a wolf in sheep’s clothing, a leading ‘bankster’, a civilian war criminal (is a reasonable description of him I think) and of course he is an apologist for NATOs historic and ongoing crimes against humanity.
According to Mr Holbrooke’s own claims, it equates to 420,000 American troops annually passing through tiny Kyrgyzstan.
This is I think a sobering thought when we consider that Kyrgystan borders China and has a strategically crucial position in close proximity to Russia, the other Stans and also Iran.
It is interesting to consider the impact of this frenzied throughput of the NATO war machine on that small country and to try to imagine how a similar situation would play out, if it were to have an equivalent in the NATO sphere of influence.
What for example would US citizens feel about 35,000 Chinese or Russian troops every month passing with their hardwear through Mexico City or Havana on their way to occupy Bolivia one wonders?
This is how it would look if the jackboot were on the other foot so to speak, but it isn’t because there is only one neo-imperialist occupation force in the the world and that is the disreputable axis of military aggression and neo-colonialism that is NATO.
Given the abuse of power of the Bakiyev regime and militarisation of little Kyrgzygstan by America and its allies (Germany maintains a military base in neighbouring Uzbek city of Termez) the overthrow of the government is neither surprising nor necessarilly unwelcome.
The Kyrgyzs have been stitched up by NATO warlords with no benefit to anyone except the criminal cartel that has been propped up by Washington to run the place according to its will.
However the CIA giveth and the CIA taketh away....
The political actor that appears to have emerged from this uprising as the probable new head of state is former foreign minister and CIA asset Roza Otunbayeva.
According to an article in Der Spiegel (April 4, 2005) as early as February 2005,” Roza Otunbayeva – now the apparent head of the provisional government – “pledged allegiance to a small group of partners and sponsors of the Kyrgyz revolution, to ‘our American friends’ at Freedom House (who donated a printing press in Bishkek to the opposition). …
“Trying to help the democratic process, the Americans poured some $12 million into Kyrgyzstan in the form of scholarships and donations – and that was last year alone. Washington’s State Department even funded TV station equipment in the rebellious southern province town of Osh.”
Clearly the CIA are interfering in the internal affairs of Kyrgyzstan again just as they had done in 2005 when Washington orchestrated the Tulip Revolution in the country as one of the US backed ‘colour revolutions’ that took place across various territories of the former Soviet Union between 2000 and 2005.
With Roza Otunbayeva as chief spokesperson if not head of a new Kyrgyz “people’s government,” there is reason to believe that Washington will not be dissatisfied with the overthrow of her former “tulip” partner Bakiyev. She has already confirmed that the American base at Manas will not be closed.
The question for Washington now is can Otunbayeva really deliver as further unrest threatens to spread through other former Soviet states (Georgia in particular)?
There are a complexity of political interests currently at play in Kyrgyzstan that carry strategic implications that go far beyond the small central Asian republic.
The US/NATO military strategy of ‘full spectrum dominance’ and the aim to surround Russia and China by military bases is facing a major test here in Kyrgyzstan.
For more information on US foreign policy and its military doctrine please seehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Full-spectrum_dominance
The direction of the Kyrgyz opposition with regard to the continued use of Manas by the American military is a decisive factor in the NATO occupation of Afghanistan.
The future power and influence of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) the intergovernmental mutual-security organisation which was founded in 2001 by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan to resist aggressive NATO manoeuvring is also very much at stake in this geopolitically seismic region.
In the New Great Game that the business community and the political elite have pitched us all into as ever for their own acquisitive ends, the stakes have been raised in Eurasia.
This is what the US government and the politico-military game players in Brussels and across the NATO axis countries are up to on our taxes while our education, health and welfare services are staved of funding according to the IMF blueprint and its role in full spectrum dominance, the guiding principle of the White House and the Pentagon and precisely why the world is as fucked up as it is.
Russia has put its own air base in Kyrgyzstan on high alert, though comments from leading Russian government officials – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in particular – indicate an acceptance of the uprising which is not entirely surprising I think.
Personally I will be supporting the political will of those in Kyrgyzstan who want to kick the Americans out of Manas, I feel much the same way about RAF Lakenheath here in England, and it could happen in Kyrgyzstan like it did when Uzbekistan ordered the USAF out in 2005.
All this could very easily affect U.S. and NATO plans for the largest military offensive of the Afghan war scheduled to begin in two months in Kandahar province.
This is the next phase in the US/NATO battle for Eurasia in the Pentagon megalomaniacal and deranged strategy to take over the entire world and own everything in it….. frankly I have to say I’m quite sick of it...