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The crowds staring at the ransacked White House, the political corpse of the Bakiyev regime, wonder what the blood-soaked chaos will mean for their future. Bakiyev is reportedly in the Islamic south of the country in his clan strongholds trying to turn the north-south divide into a civil war and some kind of political future. The Kremlin has made it clear he is not welcome in Moscow and the US would be reluctant to host a man who yesterday ordered his troops to open fire on his own people.

It is unclear if the opposition - a colourful coalition led by large personalities who until recently were too busy fighting each other to form a united front - will hold or be able to establish a viable regime. Many of them have been hostile to the West.  The US base outside the capital may be forced to close. The dust will soon settle - or the storm may have just begun.

"Now what?"

 "What are the new government going to do?"

 "Is there going to be war?"

Bishkek is awash with uncertainty as the opposition attempts to gain recognition by the superpowers. On the edge of the main square I watched some young boys rip apart and then piece together like a puzzle a portrait of Bakiyev they had grabbed from the White House. His power has been ripped to shreds - but his country may prove a lot harder to put back together again.

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Gabriel Rom
April 12th, 2010
5:04 AM
Ben, your work is absolutely astounding. You are bar-none providing the most human, relatable, and yet horror-inducing writing on the events in Kyrgyzstan.. This work is as detailed and informative as it is beautiful and emotive. Thank you for providing the world with this much needed piece of writing. Your humble admirer, Gabriel Rom

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