Monday, June 14, 2010

Wishful Thinking About Democratic Stability in Iraq

During the second week of June 2010, ethnic violence broke out in southern Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz gangs sought out ethnic Uzbeks, burning their homes, killing more than a hundred, wounding a thousand, and forcing 75,000 Uzbeks to flee in search of safety near the neighboring border of Uzbekistan.

After rioting forced out former president Kurmanbek S. Bakiyev in April, his supporters have clashed with those of the interim government headed by Roza Otunbayeva, the country’s acting president. She has asked Russia for help to quell the disturbances, but Russia had not responded as of late Sunday, June 13, 2010.

You can read more here. The main point is that a single match can start an ethnic prairie fire.

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