Permissible Arms

Impossible to be sure

Posted in afghanistan, kyrgyzstan, united kingdom by Karaka on 21 April 2010

Getting to this a bit late. Work ate me whole today, and has only just spit me out the other side.

First off, two bits on Kyrgyzstan and Bakiyev. Seems Bakiyev still considers himself President despite, you know, resigning; and the interim government has decided to extradite him to answer charges.

Kyrgyzstan’s interim government has said it will demand the extradition of the country’s ousted president from Belarus once the investigation into the bloody massacre of April 7 is completed.

“The Kyrgyz people will never know rest until the bloody dictator is brought to justice,” the chief of staff of Kyrgyzstan’s new government Edil Baisalov said.

I have to wonder if the Kyrgyz people are actually that into watching the guy sit in a witness box, or if it’s a little more “hey, let’s vote for a new government now!” But I could most certainly be wrong on that call.

This report on Kabul’s restaurant raids just makes me heartsick. What a terrible, terrible thing.

I’ll admit, I’m not following the British elections nearly as closely as I would be if I were still living in Northern England, but the Guardian’s posting of excerpts of each of the major party candidate’s positions on UK national security and defence, particularly with regard to Afghanistan is worth reading, even if they’re canned. You can download a full text of the remarks in PDF here.

Via Akinoluna, these photos of a FET in action are pretty awesome. I’ve been wondering how effective the FET deployment has been since I was first reading up on them several months ago. If you have any helpful links they’d be well appreciated.

I found this post from al-Sahwa on COIN and culture to be fascinating; I’m still trying to figure out what to say in response but I found it provocative. And in mind-boggling counter information, this FP post titled, misleadingly, Lady GaGa vs. the Occupation set my eyes rolling so hard I think they’ve hit the Sisters by now.

On a far different note, the State Department is apparently looking for freelance writers (via Diplopundit). There’s a second job for you.

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