Aloha, Viktor

The ASEAN conference in New York City laid the groundwork and the G-20 meeting in Seoul sealed the deal.  Lunghu finds it interesting that Bangkok Post first covered the story by printing an Agence France-Presse report.

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout was flown out of Thailand on Tuesday on a special US government jet to face trial in the United States, bringing to an end months of legal wrangling over his extradition.

As Lunghu predicted back in August, there’s been an air of inevitability surrounding this saga from the outset.

[Bout] showed no signs of emotion or worry.  He was even heard whistling a song repeatedly during the short trip to the airport, a security source said. [Probably not the Col. Bogey March.]

Russian reaction was predictably frosty:

“The independence of the Thai judicial system has to be called into question given the US interference,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

Now the fun really begins.   Lunghu expects to enjoy months & months of highly entertaining shadow-world machinations and skullduggery during the remainder of the year and well into 2011.   It will all work out, Viktor.   When Alla and Elisabeth come to Washington DC New York for the show trial, just make sure they don’t go back to Russia once it’s all over.   We’ve got a nice dacha on the Gulf Coast picked out for the three of you.

Why is this man smiling?

Journey of 10,000 miles begins with single step.

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