Axis of Weasels
Must be horrible, being Kassym-Jomart Kemelevich Tokayev, the weasel who last week demonstrated his allegiance to Moscow’s Collective Security Treaty Organization, dubbed “the Russian version of NATO.”
On Friday, Tokayev ordered his troops to “shoot to kill without warning” anti-government protesters. He also promised to “turn the Internet back on” after a nationwide blackout but warned it will be accessible for certain periods of time and monitored closely.
“Free access to the Internet does not mean you can freely post your musings, slander and insults, your incitements and calls,” he said.
Tokayev is the Kazakh version of Alexander Nevsky, ex-Grand Prince of Kyiv, who saved his own neck and the Russian empire in the thirteen century by agreeing to pay homage to the powerful Ulug Ulus.
Moscow’s axis of weasels includes Tokayev, Alexander Lukashenko (Belarus), Emomali Rahmon (Tajikistan), Sadyr Nurgozhoevich Japarov (Kyrgyzstan) and Nikol Pashinyan (Armenia).
The State Department’s European Affairs Bureau coordinates U.S. relations with Lukashenko and Pashinyan, while the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs is in charge of torso-driven dances with Tokayev, Rahmon and Japarov.
Confused? You should be, according to George Krol, who writes about the mess in his memoirs.
Lukashenko was elected president in 1994. He disbanded parliament two years later in an unconstitutional referendum. He then murdered or jailed his political opponents and extended and reformed his powers. He has a sick sense of humor and no one likes him. Rahmon won undemocratic presidential elections five times (in 1994, 1999, 2006, 2013 and 2020). In addition, he extended and reformed his powers based on the results of the national constitutional referendums of 1999 and 2003. Rahmon holds the lifetime title of Peshvoyi Millat (Tajik: Пешвои Миллат), which means “Leader of the Nation.” I don’t know much about Japarov or Pashinyan. Last time I checked, these weasels were in charge of small, poor, undemocratic countries which depend on Russia.