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February 28, 2005


My best wishes to your partner, Edward. I honestly can't imagine what it would be like to be watching events like these in my homeland from such a distance.

Thanks Jes,

His family live in the capital, so I'd hate to see violence erupt there. They have enough to worry about as it is.

Still, I'm optimistic. I think the world can pressure Akayev into doing the right thing, setting the right example, and stepping down peacefully. Dr. Rice should be doing what she can to encourge that.

Thank you Edward and Jesurgislac.

We'll see, wont we?

Who knows how things are going to actually turn out, but trends are moving in a favorable direction. I hope we keep the pressure on Akayev.

As far as I can tell, the elections were flawed, Akaev is running his children as candidates, and there are demonstrations, though not huge ones. I wish them well, and your partner, Edward.

Does anyone know why, exactly, Kyrgyzstan's early appearance of being democratic faded so quickly? Was it only an appearance all along, or did Akaev just become corrupt, or what? (At least he's not as bad as Niyazov...)

It looks very much like Akaev just became corrupt.

Again, though, from what I can tell, the democracy jumped out ahead of the people's faith in it, meaning that they went through all the motions because, well, this was new and fun, but were not culturally confident it meant anything significant. They had known only corruption for their entire lives and were not at all surprised (or enraged enough to curb it) when they saw Akaev begin to show signs of wanting the position for life.

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