If Kazakhstan Was a Color Revolution Then Where Are Western Sanctions?
You would think they would care a little more about "their team" getting beat
Editor’s note: A piece in the Russian-nationalist outlet Regnum details how color revolutions until now have always had a strong Western diplomatic backing from the start. Backing that was missing in this instance. The West issued generic statements virtue-signaling statements discouraging a crackdown but refrained from the sort of instantanous demands & sanctions blitzkrieg we have seen in the past. It doesn’t look like the “shoot to kill without warning” crackdown will have harmed business-as-usual in the least. The article then goes on to conjecture that the unrest must have been generated by the Nazarbayev clan against Tokayev so as to spook the latter into resignation and allow the former to “reluctantly” return as a savior but that is less pertinent for us.
The common features of most Maidans include foreign influence, which is designed to protect the Maidan from violent suppression, and its leaders from arrest.
The most indicative in this regard was the Maidan in Armenia, when on April 22, 2018, the police began to violently suppress the protests, as a result of which about 300 people were detained, including Pashinyan, then a couple of hours (!) after the start of the detentions, Sargsyan received a “black mark” from the EU in the form of a categorical statement:
“The right to exercise freedom of assembly peacefully and in the in accordance with the law, it is a universal and fundamental right of all. The European Union expects the Armenian authorities to fully respect this right and to apply the law fairly and proportionately in accordance with Armenia’s international obligations, including under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
All those who have been detained in the exercise of their fundamental right to assembly in accordance with the law must be released immediately.”
And naturally, everyone, including Pashinyan, was released the very next day.
Pressure was also exerted on Yanukovych, as Vladimir Putin said at a briefing with the media on March 4, 2014, saying that Yanukovych “reacted positively to our request, and to the request of Western countries, and above all his opposition, not to use force.”
After the presidential elections held in Belarus on August 9, 2020, the EU and the United States immediately declared their disagreement with their official results and on August 14, 2020, at an emergency meeting, the foreign ministers of the 27 EU member states made a political decision to impose individual sanctions against persons “responsible for violence against peaceful protesters and falsification of elections”, instructing the diplomatic services of the EU to draw up an appropriate “black list”.
But in the case of Kazakhstan, even despite the thousands of detainees and Tokayev’s harsh statement that “law enforcement agencies and the army have been ordered by me to open fire to kill without warning,” the U.S. and the EU have actually limited themselves to only routine statements about “non-use of violence against peaceful protesters,” calls for “peace talks,” and even pretended to overhear Tokayev’s even harsher, crude, and simply insulting response to their statements:
“There are calls abroad for the parties to hold talks for a peaceful solution to the problems. What nonsense! What kind of negotiations can there be with criminals, murderers? We had to deal with armed and trained bandits, both local and foreign. It is with bandits and terrorists. Therefore, they must be destroyed. And it will be done soon.”
But even after Tokayev’s response, there were no hints of sanctions from the US and the EU. They did not materialize even after Tokayev on January 5 invited the CSTO peacekeeping contingent to the country to protect strategic facilities, justifying this invitation as “an armed act of aggression well prepared and coordinated by criminals and terrorist groups trained abroad”?! And U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken January 6 told Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi, “We believe in the resilience of Kazakhstanis and their ability to recover from this crisis.”
Such a reaction on the part of the United States and the EU can only indicate that they were not involved in the organization of the Kazakh Maidan and for them it also came as a complete surprise, and the Maidan was organized exclusively by internal Kazakhstani political forces.
Source: Excerpted from Regnum