If ya hadn’t heard already, We’ve just had a little revolution… And The People won!

Kyrgyzstan’s opposition says it has taken control of the government and dissolved parliament after a day of violent unrest that left at least 68 people dead and hundreds more wounded.

Roza Otunbaeva, a former foreign minister, said she was now head of a temporary caretaker government after Prime Minister Daniyar Usenov signed a letter of resignation.

The developments capped a day of chaotic events that began with violent clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces and ended with the apparent ousting of the five-year government of President Kurmanbek Bakiev.

Bakiev has already fled…!

Kurmanbek S. Bakiyev was president of Kyrgyzstan until he was overthrown on April 7, 2010 and fled during an outbreak of mayhem and violence in the Central Asian country.

While the opposition declared that it was forming its own government, Mr. Bakiyev left the capital, Bishkek, in the presidential plane, though it was not clear whether he was leaving the country or heading to another Kyrgyz city.

Registan has been all a twitter over the recent developments…

The pundits have spoken, and, contrary to my earlier prediction that Kyrgyzstan’s uprising would be labeled another “Twitter Revolution”, they are now insisting the opposite — that the Kyrgyz tweets, videos and blog posts are irrelevant. The main proponent of this theory is Evgeny Morozov, who, as Michael noted earlier, views the internet activity of Kyrgyzstanis as meaningless because the country is of little global interest.

I’m not going to argue that the international news media are invested in Krygyzstan — the CNN transcripts I posted earlier make their lack of interest all too clear.

Sadly, why were we on the wrong side of it…?

The full story of Russian involvement in the April Revolution in Kyrgyzstan is still to be told, but it appears that while the Kremlin backed the forces of change in Kyrgyzstan, Washington stood behind the forces of repression. In the wake of the revolution, Putin congratulated the new leadership; Obama remained silent.

Allowing basing rights to marginalize all other dimensions of American foreign policy in former Soviet Central Asia has seriously undermined the moral authority and political influence of the United States in the region. The triumph of wartime tactics over a broad and consistent strategy of engagement with governments and societies in Central Asia has disillusioned a generation of local reformers and left the United States ill-positioned to compete with the region’s rising hegemons, Russia and China.

Whether through design or neglect, the Obama administration has continued the cynical and short-sighted policies of the Bush years in Central Asia. The next time I meet Rahm Emanuel, I’ll ask him to remind his boss that in the long run, Faustian bargains carry a heavy price.

*gah* We never seem to learn…!

I wish her the best success…!

The Mountain Roza Otunbaeva Has To Climb