:: Tuesday, May 17, 2005 ::

Off the Boil

Craig Murray - (Times): Ready, steady, cook up reasons for supporting the boiling butcher: "ISLAM KARIMOV, President of Uzbekistan, boils people alive. Why? For the same reason Saddam Hussein put his enemies in a shredder: because, at the time, he could.

When the West is your pal you are able, quite literally, to get away with murder. And what murder! It is a surprise Karimov has time for governing at all, once he has spent the morning formulating new ways to poach, grill, tenderise, smoke and flamb?his citizens to death. Boiling water, electrocution, chlorine-filled gas masks, drowning, rape, shooting, savage beatings, Karimov’s Uzbekistan is the absolute market leader in torture right now. The CIA would not shop anywhere else, which is why a mysterious Gulfstream 5 executive jet routinely delivers terrorist subjects from Afghanistan there for interrogation and, perhaps, percolation. Craig Murray, the former British Ambassador, drew attention to this last year, and the noted socialist Tony Blair acted immediately. He sacked him. "

Read it and weep and then think about the blatant hypocrisy and double standards of our government. How many times were Saddam Hussein's crimes, his attacks on the kurds etc brought out as justification for war? But when it's a 'good dictator' then it's no problem. Turkey can oppress the Kurds all it likes, Karimov can murder 500 demonstrators in the streets. Human rights are universal, that's the point of them.

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