To some extent, recent tragic events in France are similar to the shooting, which took place in Taraz, Kazakhstan, in the last November. An Islamist fanatic Maksat Kariev killed seven people, including two officers of the National Security Committee of Kazakhstan. You may learn about it and another violent acts in Kazakhstan here. Mohammad Merah also killed seven people, including three French soldiers. The two countries were relatively stable for many years and these bloody crimes have shocked both of them. One may reasonably doubt official stories, which have claimed that these attacks were masterminded and carried out by terrorist organizations based somewhere in the caves of Afghanistan.
I believe that it is not true. First of all, there is a ridiculously strict gun control in Kazakhstan. Legally, even if you buy a shotgun you have to get many permits and a district policeman would visit you every year to check whether your pathetic shotgun is duly stored in a safe or not. Pistols, automatic rifles, and other kinds of weaponry are strictly prohibited for civilian use. Of course, this is not a problem for security guard services, organized crime, and law-enforcement agencies. Religious bigotry is also alien to the vast majority of Kazakhs, who just a hundred years ago were predominantly nomads. As you know, fanaticism is more common among settled communities. But the brainwashed zombie Maksat Kariev was armed to his teeth. He even had a grenade launcher. Evidently, some powerful player stood behind the lunatic. A transnational corporation? A secret service? Incidentally, his mother is a teacher of French.
Anyway, nationwide consequences of this conspiracy has been felt across Kazakhstan soon. Parliamentary elections in January 2012 were rigged nicely in favor of the ruling clan. Strengthened riot police units watched closely lest opposition forces should have least chances to win. The mini-September 11th has given them a plausible pretext to tighten Internet control, arrest opposition leaders, restrict meetings and so forth. The Kazakh serial killer reportedly committed suicide. Well, the crime’s true causes were eliminated conveniently. Something rings familiar: suicide, heart attack, Jack Ruby… Mohammad Merah was also silenced forever. Dead men tell no tales. By the way, the French now have learned a lot from their Kazakh counterparts. For example, there were mass protests in France against the increase of the retirement age in 2010. At that time, Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev unequivocally supported French president Nicolas Sarkozy, saying that such reforms were accomplished several years ago in Kazakhstan. Oddly enough, a former Communist Party boss has shown brilliantly how to serve big business at the expense of the working class.