Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Outrage Over the Kyrgyzstan Massacre

[anti-Uzbek rioting in southern Kyrgyzstan]

from today's Washington Post --
Thousands of frightened ethnic Uzbeks in the nation's [Kyrgyzstan's] south were fleeing toward the Uzbekistan border as President Roza Otunbayeva acknowledged her government had lost control of Osh, the country's second-largest city.

Witnesses said gangs of young Kyrgyz men armed with guns and metal bars set fire to Uzbek neighborhoods on the second day of clashes that have killed at least 75 people and injured more than 900 others, many suffering from gunshot wounds.
Since it has already been settled in the course of discussions about the Mavi Marmara incident that iron bars can do no harm to anyone, it remains unclear how the 75 Uzbeks died.

I am quite sure there will be demonstrations all over the US against these murders. The US air base at Bishkek and other American aid are one of Kyrgyzstan's main sources of revenue. "Not with our tax money!" the highly principled and moral protestors will honestly object. They will introduce measures in front of city councils all over California and other states demanding censure of Kyrgyzstan, cutting off all aid to Kyrgystan, and the closing of the US air base in Kyrgyzstan.

Watch for there to be UN resolutions censuring Kyrgyzstan and European Union members downgrading their diplomatic relations with Kyrgyzstan.

Similarly there will be angry editorials in newspapers all over Europe denouncing Kyrgyz violence and brutality. The left will denounce Kyrgyz control of the Western media.

Wait none of that has happened. Could it be a coincidence that there is such silence in the face of the 75 murders and there being no long Western tradition of bigotry against the Kyrgyz? Could there be a connection? Could the angry "consciences" over the killing of 9 and the silence over the murder of 75 be related to that?

Of course not. That would mean that the leftist antipathy to Israel was thinly disguised antisemitic racism. And we wouldn't want to believe that of people who insist so loudly on their consciences do we?

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