Coup in Kyrgyzstan

There is something approaching pathetic about President Obama celebrating an “unprecedented” reduction in nuclear weapons by Russia and the U.S. at the same time that a Russian facilitated coup in Kyrgyzstan puts pressure on a major U.S. base for its war in Afganistan centred in Kyryzstan…. It seems like U.S. amateur hour.

Daniel Greenfield likens the situation to a scene from The Godfather, with the Russians acting the scheming Godfather role…. Now which scene? I think the Baptism one will do.

At a time when there is so much turmoil, Obama’s lack of experience and leadership for the Western world (quite apart from his hostility towards Israel) is very worrying.

Where there’s a land, there are Jews, so for a useful map of Kyrgyzstan and a review of the Jewish presence, see here.  Also a current update from the ORT Jewish school in the capital city Bishkek and more on the politics including Jewish life there.

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  1. Jim - New York April 12, 2010 at 9:14 pm -

    From an article “Dreams of Disarmament” in Wall St Journal… I agree with the sentiments expressed.

    “We have been jousting with the arms-control crowd long enough to know that their claims are more theological than practical. And so it seems to be with Mr. Obama, who has been arguing the merits of disarmament since his days as a Columbia University undergrad. He really does seem to believe that if we don’t build it, the rest of the world won’t either.
    As we look at history, we prefer the wisdom of 20th-century writer Walter Lippmann, who observed that the disarmament movement of the 1920s and 1930s had been “tragically successful in disarming the nations that believe in disarmament.” Lippmann wrote that in 1943, when the illusions of arms control had been all too horribly revealed.”