Uncivil Discourse

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Monday, May 16, 2005

The Silk Road Stained

The worst kept secret in Central Asia, hell, in the former Soviet Union is that Islam Karimov is one hell of a son of a bitch. Karimov is the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan, one of the five so-called CARs (Central Asian Republic) and the nation that dominates the lush Ferghana Valley. Karimov is the man Vladimir Putin would be if he didn't have to maintain a pretense of dignity, a man who enjoys dunking his political enemies in boiling oil.

But Karimov's personal political enemies aren't the only deep-fried saps in Uzbekistan. See, Islam Karimov is a very good friend of arch-motherfucker George W. Bush, who has at times welcomed him warmly to the White House. But of course this makes sense: shitbirds of a feather flock together. They're such good friends, in fact, that Uzbekistan has been a repeated destination for prisoners being extraordinarily rendered.

And of course, recently, Uzbekistan has been in the headlines. There's a major fucking revolt happening there with lots of blood. Now, for those of you who haven't been paying attention to this region, Uzbekistan is the furthest of the five CARs from being anything resembling a democracy save Turkmenistan, which is the very model of a modern major cult of personality. The only criticism of Uzbekistan, in fact, by a major Western nation as of a year ago was by the British Ambassador, who declared in 2002 in Tashkent "Uzbekistan is not a functioning democracy, nor does it appear to be moving in the direction of democracy." So as you can see, this is exactly the type of government the freedom-loving George Bush likes.

I won't go into too much detail on political dynamics in Uzbekistan, or on the al-Qaida affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. But let's give Bush some credit. In the former Soviet Union, he's at least said good things about two popular revolts which led to an increase in democracy, those being in the Ukraine and Georgia. And what was the response by Scott McClellan on the recent events in Uzbekistan?

"The people of Uzbekistan want to see a more representative and democratic government. But that should come through peaceful means, not through violence."
But of course, we had to retcon the Iraq war to be about giving the people of Iraq a more representative and democratic government, which did not have to come through peaceful means.

And before anyone starts, don't get me wrong. I understand we can't police everywhere (and with these clowns in charge, it doesn't seem like we can police anywhere). But these bullet-brained cockmonkeys are so blatantly hypocritical in who they support and who they don't, and somehow they think Newsweek is the source of this particular instance of violent anti-Americanism in the region? We welcome this skidmark to the White House, talk positively about him, give him tons of aid (while learning certain things from him for use in Gitmo), but meanwhile, we go on and on about certain instances of human rights violations in certain countries while actually sending people over there to be tortured. I half expect Assrocket to start going on about how the evil liberal media is conspiring to undermine Karimov by painting him as someone about as bad as Saddam Hussein, when he's really one of our best friends. Maybe when he gets back from the desecration story circle jerk.

Meanwhile, this country, host of a good chunk of the Silk Road, home of one of the most vibrant faiths in the world, Sufi Islam, is stained with the blood and shit of thousands, some of whom we've shipped over there precisely so they can ooze.

And for those of you who are interested in keeping abreast of updates, The Registan is an excellent source.

Edit: Check Billmon and Steve Gilliard.