That ain’t Borat!

Check out the post-plywood chrysalis on the lawn of the Kazakhstan Embassy to the United States and Canda.

While its no Borat, the monument to Kazakh independence dedicated by Nursultan Nazarbayev makes me wonder.

How can Kazakhstan celebrate independence with a hunter on a griffin? Neither founded the modern Kazakh state.

A more appropriate statue would incorporate Stalin, the delineator of the Kazakh republic within the Soviet Union, and Yeltsin or Gorbachev, both of which can claim credit for Soviet devolution.

1 Comment so far

  1. Doug (unregistered) on October 31st, 2006 @ 12:07 am

    I’ve got a statue of Stalin for you. Only it’s headless and toppled, representing the end of the Soviet Union. Just one of many installations at Freedom Park in Rosslyn–the best being the Berlin Wall exhibit–although when I visited it was still being restorated. You can still see it even though the gate is closed and locked. How ironic. My favorite is the Cuban handiman’s metal boat he built in his shop and then sailed to Miami with his wife. They survived the trip and now live in NY.



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