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Revolution -- The Five-Year Plan

Five years ago it was looting, now it's shooting. The government has once again been overthrown in Kyrgyzstan, overthrown by the same politicians who have been in power since they forcibly seized it during the 2005 Tulip Revolution. We are not kidding!

Except President Kurmanbek Bakiev, who led the 2005 coup, but who just today fled the country.  Just like the guy who was there before him. Fled without resignation or remorse.

Incidentally, the guy who was there before Bakiev—Akaev--now teaches at Moscow State University.

CNN is twittering, fact-finding on YouTube, and hanging on every word posted on its Facebook walls. To what end?  Maybe they will be the first to break the story that the Internet is down in Kyrgyzstan, just like it was for the Uigurs in China, and for the Burmese in Myanmar (but for some reason, not in the Ukraine, Moldova or even Georgia).

One of the most impoverished nations of Central Asia is trying to understand who is in power. Bakiev--who hadn’t said a word since protesters first clashed with government forces--simply disappeared. He didn’t resign. He just left. The President left. His former co-revolutionary, Roza Otunbaeva, then proclaimed herself interim president and announced that she was prepared to form an interim government.

In 2005’s Tulip Revolution, Otunbaeva and Bakiev held hands. Once he came to power, he threw her out of the house. That’s when she devised her five-year plan. Today, she is back.

A female head of household—let alone a head of state--in Central Asia, is like a rose in the Kyzyl-Kum. Even if one were to somehow blossom at dawn, how could it possibly survive until the end of the day?

Time will tell. Time will tell whether Otunbaeva, like Bakiev, will seed the government with her family members. Time will tell whether she keeps the American air base in Manas or whether she will extend her Central Asian hospitality to the Russians.

Here's a dry tabulation of the 2010 revolution:

Number killed -- 75
Numbered wounded -- 400

Well, it’s springtime, so it’s not surprising that the tulips are blooming again.

And, we are talking former Soviet Union here, so we should at least give a nod to the momentous occasion that a production goal of a five-year plan has been met.

So, “Comrades, we fulfilled, nyet, we overfulfilled our five-year plan” (vigorous applause).