< meta name="DC.Date.Valid.End" content="20050825"> Amendment Nine: Uzbekistan's Nightmare

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Uzbekistan's Nightmare

It is slowly becoming clear that what happened in Uzbekistan over the weekend is nothing short of a massacre. Some reports indicate it may be worse than Tianenmen Square in 1989.

The world has been cheering along democratic revolutions over the past few months, but it seems that the further off the beaten path, the less attention. Uzbekistan is pretty damn far off the beaten path. I blogged at Democracy Guy that US policy in response has been pretty pathetic. What worse nightmare for people groaning under tyranny than to have the US turn a blind eye when the tyrants start shooting.

Since 9/11 there has been a US military base in Uzbekistan. Should the US stand by the thugs who perpetrated this crime, it will be incredibly counterproductive. Stay tuned...and get supportive.