Feb 5, 2007
It was bound to happen. Kyrgyzstan's Parliament Speaker Marat Sultanov announced, once again, that the government wants to renegotiate the Manas air base. "The situation is different now,” he said.
How on earth is it different than four months ago?
Well, there was that incident when a Kyrgyz passenger jet hit a US tanker on takeoff. And then an American soldier did shoot a World Champion Kyrgyz knife thrower after he was, well, threatening people with a knife. This, it seems, is enough to warrent yet another increase in fees.
Truth is, things haven't changed so much since Septemeber 2006, as they have since September 2001.
The Kyrgyz government would rather be rid of the Americans. This bussiness of renegotiation will continue until they leave.