Archive for the ‘Uzbekistan’ Category

Posted by Tim Ireland at February 11, 2008

Category: The Political Weblog Movement, The War on Stupid, Uzbekistan

Most of you know Craig Murray by now, but you might not know too much about his lovely missus, Nadira.

It would be a pity if this state of affairs were allowed to continue, so without further delay allow me to present Nadira in The British Ambassador’s Belly Dancer (this official micro-site is proudly hosted by Bloggerheads).

I’ve heard some of Nadira’s story first-hand (minus the belly-dancing) but you, you lucky sods… you now have the opportunity to experience both.

If you’d be so kind as to blog about this show (and I sincerely hope that you will) then one thing you may wish to point out is the Newsnight reporter Madeleine Holt getting it all arse-backwards (pardon the pun) and then completely missing the point about spanking:

If Nadira enjoys being spanked and Craig enjoys spanking her, then this does not in any way conflict with their shared position on human rights.

If Nadira didn’t enjoy being spanked and/or Craig didn’t enjoy spanking her, well, then you might have a case.

See? A quality point, fairly made… with an added bums-on-seats factor.

(Again with the puns. I deserve to be spanked, I do.)








Posted by Tim Ireland at October 26, 2005

Category: Uzbekistan

And let that be a lesson to you!Meet Elena Urlaeva. She is a vocal critic of Islam Karimov (president of Uzbekistan and long-time ally in the global ‘war’ on terror):

Human Rights First – What’s At Stake?: Elena Urlaeva is a human rights activist and member of the Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan who has been a vocal critic of the policies of the Uzbek government for many years. In 2001, she led efforts to defend the rights of individuals who lost their homes to a road-building project. As a result, in April 2001 she was detained and forcibly committed to a psychiatric hospital. International pressure led to her release two months later. But in late 2002, she was again subjected to four months of psychiatric treatment. Urlaeva reported that during both incidences she had been given strong psychiatric drugs. On April 17, 2003, she was arrested and threatened with commitment for a third time after demonstrating in front of the presidential offices.

Even the U.S. Department of State is aware: Authorities released human rights activists Elena Urlaeva in December 2002 and Larissa Vdovina on January 29, both of whom were detained for involuntary psychiatric treatment in 2002. The two women were detained for a number of hours on several occasions during the year in connection with their anti-government protests (see Section 2.b.). Urlaeva continued at year’s end to fight government efforts to have her declared legally incompetent. Vdovina reportedly lost her appeals and left the country. Defendants in trials often claimed that their confessions, on which the prosecution based its cases, were extracted by torture.

Isn't it insane?You might be interested to see the kind of thing that gets Elena Urlaeva arrested: Uzbek human rights activist Elena Urlaeva was detained and forcibly committed to a psychiatric institution for distributing this flyer. The cartoon mocks government corruption, portraying well-known officials suckling from a cow that represents Uzbekistan.

And guess what? She’s been detained and forcibly drugged again!

Reuters – Uzbekistan: Psychiatric Drugs Used to Punish Activist: (Tashkent, October 21, 2005) – The Uzbek authorities today subjected one of the country’s prominent human rights defenders to forcible psychiatric treatment even though Uzbek law prohibits compulsory treatment until the appeals process has expired, Human Rights Watch said today. “Using psychiatric treatment to silence Elena Urlaeva is a gross violation of medical ethics and international standards,” said Holly Cartner, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “It’s shocking that the hospital began the treatment without even waiting for the courts to consider her appeal.”… Powerful antipsychotic drugs were previously forcibly administered to Urlaeva in 2001 and 2002. “Elena Urlaeva is being exposed to drugs that have a potential for serious and permanent side effects,” said Cartner. “The only reason for this treatment is to punish her and silence her for her human rights work.” The Uzbek authorities detained Urlaeva on 27 August and have kept her in forced psychiatric detention since then.

This is the kind of thing they’re trying to silence… Uzbekistan Rewrites the Story of the Andijan Massacre.

And our government is keeping Elmer Fudd about it for two reasons:

1. They like to play the ‘anyone who disagrees with us is a nutter’ game, too (though mostly through the media and without enforced drug use) and one does not like uncomfortable parallels to be drawn

2. They would much rather that Islam Karimov’s version of events won out in the end… because it would make life far, far simpler for everyone on Team Bush

Just in case you’re interested in how they’re playing it, here’s Jack Straw recently praising Uzbekistan for their empty pledge to do away with the death penalty and here’s the government response to forced psychiatric treatment in Uzbekistan via Douglas Alexander in the House of Commons (not Jack Straw, who answered the question previous to this, but a more junior minister you’ll note)… the highlighting is mine:

We made our most recent representation on 14 October. In a diplomatic note, passed by our Embassy in Tashkent to the Uzbek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we expressed our alarm at the reported treatment of three human rights defenders. One of these was the recently arrested Mukhtabar Tojibaeva; we have requested clarification of the charges brought against her. The Other two were Elena Urlaeva and Shavkat Madumarov. We have asked the Uzbek Government to confirm that all three are being treated in a manner compliant with international standards. We will continue, both bilaterally and through international institutions such as the EU and The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, to *encourage* Uzbekistan to take *greater steps towards* full respect for human rights, and stand ready to provide any necessary *assistance*.

Would that asking nicely if they’re playing by the rules game be the same one you use when you outsource torture?

Will that assistance include more training for soldiers and shiny new Landrovers for them to hide behind as they shoot innocent protestors?

Is this the same government that puffs out its chest and asks why we seek to deny the Iraqis justice whenever we catch anyone on Team Bush in another crime, lie, failure or murder in Iraq?

UPDATE – Guardian – The bullet holes and bloodstains are gone, but for Uzbeks life is even worse

UPDATE – Reuters – BBC shuts Uzbek office over “intimidation”: The British Broadcasting Corporation’s World Service said on Wednesday it had closed its office in Uzbekistan and withdrawn local staff because of intimidation of its reporters by the authorities. Uzbekistan has cracked down on foreign media since government troops bloodily suppressed an uprising in the town of Andizhan in May, accusing them of inaccurately reporting the violence.








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 23, 2005

Category: Uzbekistan

Independent – Uzbekistan puts 15 ‘terrorists’ on trial for Andijan atrocity: Human rights campaigners claimed that up to 700 mostly unarmed civilians were mown down indiscriminately by Uzbek security forces anxious to clamp down on an anti-government demonstration which had turned violent. Mr Karimov had a different version. He said that 187 people were killed, and blamed Islamist extremists who he accused of plotting to overthrow his government to establish a central Asian caliphate. Most of those killed were, he claimed, “terrorists”… Human rights groups alleged the men had been intimidated and forced into making confessions. The men listened as the court was told how they had allegedly executed hostages and used civilians as human shields.

Reuters – Uzbek defendants say Western media helped rebels: On the second day of what some analysts have dubbed a show trial, the first three of 15 defendants who have pleaded guilty to terrorism and other charges focused much of their testimony on the handful of reporters who witnessed the bloodshed.

UPDATE – Using terrorism as an excuse to stifle dissent. Claims of media lies from a state with a f**king stranglehold on MSM. Yet another reason why Bush and Blair are surely hoping Karimov manges to pull this off. If not, the comparisons will be somewhat uncomfortable for them.








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 21, 2005

Category: Uzbekistan

The Ambassador’s Last Stand
Wed 21 Sep, 7:00 pm – 7:50 pm

Yet another example of BBC bias. They clearly have no respect for our government’s right to turn a blind eye to Islam Karimov’s wholly necessary use of torture and murder in the pursuit of power terrorists.








Posted by Tim Ireland at September 1, 2005

Category: Uzbekistan

Islam Karimov a'la Jed ClampettCome and listen to a story about Islam Karimov
And Uzbekistan, the land he’d like to stay in power of.
He’s a tyrant and a murderer, I’m sorry to be rude,
But the reason we ignore it all is equally fuckin’ crude.

Oil that is. Black gold. Gaseous tea.

Well since that 911 stunt our man’s a millionaire,
When Bush said “Son, I want to launch some planes from there!
“And send you all the suspects we can’t ‘process’ here at home,
“As well as all the dissidents you ‘process’ on your own.”

Torture, that is. Boiled alive behind prison bars.

Well the UK ambassador he had some words to say,
But Blair and Straw they shut him down and sent him on his way,
They made false claims of sex he had for visas in exchange,
But when Blunkett actually did this he was left without a stain.

Semen, that is. Bend over a spell. Take your shorts off.

Y’all come back now, y’hear?

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UPDATE – This post is one of many that will be made today to mark Uzbekistan’s Independence Day. I’ll be adding extras below this line:

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Craig Murray – Preview of a book the UK government would like to ban (available for today only)
TTDE – Don’t buy cotton from Uzbekistan!
Chicken Yoghurt – Uzbekistan: The Debate
Disillusioned Kid – Blogging For Uzbekistan (a long, but v. good post)

There’s a full round-up of links here.

Registan invites comment here

Finally, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Disillusioned Kid for taking the initiative on this. He deserves more than one ‘Huzzah!’








Posted by Tim Ireland at August 19, 2005

Category: The War on Stupid, Updates, Uzbekistan

Bloggerheads is shutting down for two weeks so I can focus on The Political Weblog Project.

When I return on Friday Thursday September 1st, we’re all going to have a little chat about Uzbekistan.

Here’s a new Flash music video to help you spread the word:
Uzbekistan in 20 Seconds

UPDATE – Oh, but I will be in action this Monday 22nd August. This marks a month from Jean de Menezes’ murder and at 6pm there will be a demonstration outside Downing St, calling for the sacking of Ian Blair and demanding a public inquiry. Numbers will count for a lot here, folks. We’ve let too much slip by lately. Considering that I won’t be bugging you for another two weeks is it really so much to ask that you drop by Downing St after work and stand up for what’s right?

Cheers all.

UPDATE (22 Aug) – Final poster here. Seen in action here. About 400 people turned up, by my reckoning.








Posted by Tim Ireland at August 5, 2005

Category: The War on Stupid, Uzbekistan

Craig Murray – Why the US won’t admit it was jilted: President Karimov of Uzbekistan has served notice to quit on the US base in his country. This completes a process of diplomatic revolution as Karimov turns away from the west and back into the embrace of Russia, with coy sideways glances at China. The US is trying to cover its retreat behind a smokescreen of belated concern for human-rights abuse in Uzbekistan. Suddenly one of their most intensively courted allies has been discovered – shock horror – to be an evil dictator. (Remember Saddam?) But the reality is much more complex… We should be seeking to shorten Uzbekistan’s misery, not to extend it. It is the world’s second largest exporter of cotton. Citing the use of child and serf labour, concerted trade sanctions against Uzbek cotton and textiles containing Uzbek cotton should be the way forward. Given the self-interest of the very powerful US cotton lobby and the new frost in US-Uzbek relations, this might even be achievable.

Sanctions against Uzbekistan would be disastrous? – Craig Murray explains his position: My proposal relates only to cotton, so is of course much more targeted than the sanctions against Iraq… The object of a cotton boycott would be not just to obtain reform of the cotton industry, but to attack the income of the Karimov elite and thus break up their political alliances.

Disillusioned Kid wants your help and feedback on this issue. I’m having a quiet think about it myself.

UPDATE – I’ve signed the pledge to blog about this on September 1st (Uzbekistan’s independence day). Perhaps you’d like to as well.








Posted by Tim Ireland at July 29, 2005

Category: The War on Stupid, Uzbekistan

Give this smug bastard what-forExclusion zone protest Monday August 1st

Assembly at 2pm on Monday August 1 outside Parliament.

I have 250 A3 posters that I plan to share out. I couldn’t get past my the original design (right), which I feel has a lovely dual message.

Do not give up. Plan to attend, and then get off your arse and attend.

Please.

Still wavering? Then consider the following (heads-up via rhetorically speaking):

Guardian – Westminster war protester wins right to stay: The court ruled that legislation being brought in to control demonstrations around the Houses of Parliament did not apply to 56-year-old Mr Haw. The new rules state that, from August 1, anyone wanting to demonstrate in the area must have authorisation from the police “when the demonstration starts”. Lawyers for Mr Haw pointed out that his demonstration had actually “started” four years ago and therefore he did not have to apply for authorisation.

This is good news, but Brian Haw’s victory does nothing to help the rest of us (well, not much… see below). If the Blair government do anything so outlandish that it prompts immediate protest, from Monday the police will have the legal right to shut down any such protest at the very seat of our slowly dwindling democracy and arrest anyone they damn well please, just for being there.

And that’s the real point of this stupid law. It may have been sold to willing MPs who (if they are human) feel pangs of guilt every time they have to pass Haw’s encampment, but what this is really about is stifling dissent.

An incident like the one I outline above would come dangerously close to what happened in Uzbekistan.

Think I’m being alarmist? Then consider Karimov’s justification for shooting protestors (he claimed they were terrorist extremists) and watch closely over the next few days. See how many messages you’re fed about protestors being extremists and/or an extremist element among the protestors. Consider that peaceful protestors in this country have been stopped, searched and detained under anti-terrorism legislation.

I’m not saying I’m up for 8 bullets in the back on Monday, but I am saying that this law is a big step in the wrong direction on a *very* slippery slope.

Only you can help to reverse the decision and/or make the public more aware of this law (that was very cleverly slipped out late one Friday afternoon).

And there is hope.

Many MPs meekly accepted the proposal because they wanted to be rid of Brian Haw. Some did not consider the full implications of the law and/or the extent to which Charles Clarke would exploit it.

Now, things are different. They might be convinced to challenge the law.

You can help.

Find out where your MP stands (if you can; mine is sunning herself on a beach in Cyprus somewhere) and make your views known.

Then come along on Monday.

If the turnout is poor, Blair will have been sent the message that he is slowly but surely beating the country into submission.

I repeat: Do not give up. Plan to attend, and then get off your arse and attend.

Oh, and do tell your friends. Democracy loves company.

I hope to see you there.

UPDATE – On the day, I’ll probably be too busy contributing to the event to document it. If anyone with a notepad or digital camera wishes to come along and snap/jot away, then please get in touch via email so we can arrange a full thingie.

UPDATE 2 – My eldest son (9 going on 15) has been bugging me for a while about this kind of thing. He wishes to attend a protest. School holidays or not, I have *serious* doubts about bringing him to this one… because the police will do what they are told to do, and my name’s been on their subversive terrorist list for a long time. Tough call. Made even tougher by the police/media who will claim that I’m using him as a human shield. If I allow him to come (and that’s a *BIG* if) we will have to back off pretty early as the police work to marginalise the protestors. Tough, tough call. Do I include/teach him, or leave him at home and work to protect him? (Please note, RWCs, that the aforementioned teaching involves pointing out the precious lovelies pushing copies of the Socialist Worker.)

UPDATE 2a – He’s not going.

UPDATE 3 – *That* said, if you have any doubts about your own personal safety on Monday, all you need to remember is tanks at Heathrow. Ask yourself some serious questions about fear… and if your government is willingly using that fear against you.








Posted by Tim Ireland at July 26, 2005

Category: The War on Stupid, Uzbekistan

Fact: heavy foundation hides even the greatest of blushes

Andreas Whittam Smith – Blair is another Chamberlain – in denial and wrong: If the British didn’t wish to be led by an appeaser in the Second World War, then they might well come to a similar conclusion today and say that a prime minister in denial about the causes of a crisis isn’t the right leader to see us through to a successful conclusion. It is worth asking, then, what is the nature of Mr Blair’s refusal of reality. My guess is that Mr Blair is saying something like this to himself; “If I admit error, I’m done for; the best way of staying in power is to bluff it out”. For consider what confessing that the invasion of Iraq was a colossal mistake would mean for the Prime Minister. He would have to accept that scores of British soldiers had died for no good cause. He would have to take responsibility for the deaths of perhaps 25,000 Iraqi civilians. He would have to own up to having led this country into an illegal war. He would have to concede that Iraqi troops and police are as far away as ever from taking responsibility for law and order. He would have to see that civil war is more likely than a constitution. He would have to tell himself that he was wrong to trust President Bush with Britain’s security. And he would have to live with the fact that he had taken this country into an alliance that routinely practises torture.

Yes folks, torture. And today we’re not just talking about Uzbekistan or the images from Abu Ghraib we have seen, we’re talking about the images from Abu Ghraib that we haven’t seen…

(Salon 15 July 2004) – Hersh: Children sodomized at Abu Ghraib, on tape: “Debating about it, ummm … Some of the worst things that happened you don’t know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib … The women were passing messages out saying ‘Please come and kill me, because of what’s happened’ and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It’s going to come out.”

But not if George W. Bush can help it…

New York Times – Government Defies an Order to Release Iraq Abuse Photos: Lawyers for the Defense Department are refusing to cooperate with a federal judge’s order to release secret photographs and videotapes related to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal. The lawyers said in a letter sent to the federal court in Manhattan late Thursday that they would file a sealed brief explaining their reasons for not turning over the material, which they were to have released by yesterday. The photographs were some of thousands turned over by Specialist Joseph M. Darby, the whistle-blower who exposed the abuse at Abu Ghraib by giving investigators computer disks containing photographs and videos of prisoners being abused, sexually humiliated and threatened with growling dogs.

Billmon – Film Noir: If you recall the political bruises Bush took for being against the 9/11 commission before he was for it, and the wonderful platform it gave Richard Clarke to deliver his indictment of the administration’s asleep-at-the-switch approach to terrorism before 9/11, and the embarrassing wrangling it produced over who would testify and under what conditions (public or private, separately or together) you’d think the administration would gladly avoid the risk by endorsing McCain and Graham’s proposals. They aren’t asking for much: Just a few amendments to the Defense Authorization Act, which would only codify the policies the Pentagon has already adopted in the post-Abu Ghraib era. Plus a ban on the practice of hiding “ghost prisoners” from the Red Cross. But the fun’s gone out of that game anyway. And McCain’s amendments would only apply to the DoD. So the CIA could go right on waterboarding away, if Porter Goss had a mind to. But torture is a matter of principle to this administration, and it looks like the White House is going to pull out all the stops (and maybe a few fingernails) to preserve in full the executive branch’s God-given authority to violate the Geneva Convention and the International Convention Against Torture.

It has often been said that Britons have an extraordinary ability to fly into a great calm, but I do wonder how long it’s going to take before we put our foot down over this ‘war’ on terror and the methods used, tolerated and condoned by the Blair government… methods that are both immoral and impractical.

You’ll want to think about speaking out soon, folks… there are many more servings of “Shut the fuck up!” to come.








Posted by Tim Ireland at July 11, 2005

Category: The War on Stupid, Uzbekistan

1. I make no apologies for my statements last Thursday, and do not plan to use a “Wahhh! But they’re doing it, too!” defence… but there are few things that need to be brought to your attention.
2. I am not calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. That would be an incredibly stupid thing to do.
3. I have never denied the actual threat of terrorism. My position has always been that the threat exists – which is what makes Bush and Blair’s misrepresentation, manipulation and mismanagement of it so incredibly dangerous.
4. I urge you not to deny your fear.
5. I blame Tony Blair.

1. I make no apologies for my statements last Thursday, and do not plan to use a “Wahhh! But they’re doing it, too!” defence… but there are few things that need to be brought to your attention.

Folks, if there is a fire, I am not going to pause to show ‘respect’ for the dead if I know there is an unstable gas main nearby. If there is a flood, I am going to point out as soon as possible that others are working to breach the dam. If both situations are going on at the same time, I am not going to try and sell you the idea that the flood will almost certainly put out the fire. I hope you can understand this position.

On Thursday the 7th of July, both Tony Blair and George W. Bush climbed over the bodies of the dead, dying and wounded in order to claim the moral high ground. I’m sorry there isn’t a more pleasant way to say that; it’s just the way it is.

They also used this atrocity to further cement their foreign and domestic policy. The same policies that prompt and/or enable such atrocities. In the process, they recruited human beings in no position to disagree with them . Sadly, this is not a first for Tony Blair.

This is the unstable gas main. These are the men working to breach the dam. And I’m going to speak up about it, because it’s the only way to stop the terrorists from winning.

Bush beats his chest about men working for positive change… when his administration is the main obstacle to positive change on every issue he cites. Both men decry the killing of innocents, when they themselves share responsibility for the deaths of 25,000 to 100,000 civilians in Iraq

“Ah, but it’s a noble cause,” some will say. We did it for their sake, you see. To free them from a brutal dictator and bring them democracy. But we’re certainly not fighting to free Uzbekistan from a brutal dictator, and Bush has actually bragged that he has formed a central front on his ‘war’ on terror in Iraq so his people won’t have to face it at home.

Both of these justifications are the officially stated policy of the Bush administration. We are there to help Iraqis, yet we deliberately enabled terrorism in Iraq in order to protect our own people. If you can hold these two opposing ideas in your head and accept them; congratulations… you are officially a moron of the highest order. And if you’re that big a moron, then perhaps it’s escaped your attention that the latter policy… Is. Not Working. (The last time I checked, the London Underground did not extend into the centre of Baghdad or Fallujah.)

Bush and Blair also insist that such attacks will not change our way of life… when the reality is that since the spectacular events of 11/9 (please note correct formatting of date) they have both used the atrocity and fears of further/greater atrocities to curb civil liberties, stifle dissent and justify an illegal invasion, detention without trial, and the torture of innocents.

In doing so, they have enabled not just Al Qaeda, but any individual, group or faction willing to use terrorist methods. The acts referred to above have almost certainly *prompted* people to resort to action that includes terrorist methods.

Use napalm on civilians, condone torture and suppression or torture people yourself and it is quite likely that you’ll upset people in a way that drives them to actions they would not have considered before (and/or makes them more susceptible to the cold-hearted fucktards who seek to recruit them).

Bloggerheads, May 26, 2004: The only way to fight the terrorists is to rob them of their assets. Their primary asset right now is the indefensible actions of our governments. This works for them from the ground up (the more people who have sympathy for their cause, the more able they are to move freely and take action).

2. I am not calling for an immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. That would be an incredibly stupid thing to do.

But neither am I denying the obvious link between our foreign policy and this atrocity, as our government is busy doing right now.

A favourite trick used by many with extreme views is to defend those views by presenting any opposition to them – or the only alternative to them – as an equally extreme view to their far left (or right, as the case may be).

Accuse the government of taking the wrong path in the ‘war’ on terror and it should be quite clear that you either support the terrorists, deny they exist at all (see below), or wish to kiss their boo-boos and make them better.

Acknowledge that sending troops into Iraq was a mistake, and you quite obviously hold the view that the troops should leave.

Make any claim that what happened (and is happening right now) in Iraq is contributing to the danger we face, and it goes without saying that you wish to appease the terrorists by caving in to their demands.

Sorry, but no.

My own personal view: Invading Iraq was a mistake. A big one. But if we pull the spear out too suddenly, the bleeding will be impossible to stop. (But let’s give it an experimental tug anyway, shall we?)

But whatever your view (war was right, war was wrong, troops should stay, troops should go), you cannot deny the link between our actions in Iraq and this latest atrocity.

And Al Qaeda does not have to be involved for this to be the case…

3. I have never denied the actual threat of terrorism. My position has always been that the threat exists – which is what makes Bush and Blair’s misrepresentation, manipulation and mismanagement of it so incredibly dangerous.

Hell, the London bombings could have been undertaken by a group of disillusioned girl-scouts, and you would still be able to link it to Iraq. And Uzbekistan. And Guantanamo Bay.

Here’s why…

Anybody wishing to further change our way of life and drive us closer to a battle between extremes needs only the will to kill innocent human beings.

They know its going to be effective, as Bush and Blair have a long track record of amplifying the fear for their own ends. Here’s Blair’s charge-sheet. Take a good, hard look.

The ‘ends justify the means’ message that comes forward time and again from Bush and Blair on the subject of detention, torture and death is a very poor example that acts as a further enabler.

In other words, our foreign policy is not only morally repugnant, it’s totally impractical.

There is only one way to stop this cycle of violence. Zero tolerance.

Zero tolerance for those who undertake terrorist action, and zero tolerance for those who enable it through stupid and selfish actions.

4. I urge you not to deny your fear.

Methinks they doth protest too much, as the saying goes.

Fear struck our capital and my heart on Thursday, but I no longer seek to deny it. Tempting as it may be, such a denial would be a mistake.

It would be an even bigger mistake to extend this denial into a ‘bring it on’ message, as some have done.

I fear for my well-being and for the well-being of those around me.

I fear the hatred these attacks breed.

I fear greatly for the future of our democracy, and the welfare of people all over the world as the unspoken message continues that you can torture innocents, murder civilians, bleed countries dry, subject other human beings to slavery and behave any damn way you please as long as the majority of the population either doesn’t notice or tolerates the hell out of it.

I must acknowledge these fears and I must act on them.

And the only sane action is to call the wrong-doers to account.

All of them.

5. I blame Blair

If Bush and Blair are allowed to serve the remainder of their current terms and quietly retire without a stain on their character (as the popular saying goes) then every crime they have committed will be ticked off as and entirely possible and/or acceptable course of action.

A message has to be sent to every government, corporation or group that seeks to act immorally for financial or political gain. It’s the only thing that will make the next son-of-a-bitch think twice.

I plan to begin by quietly raising my arm and pointing my finger directly at Tony Blair (as I patiently wait for this action to be taken out of context by the nearest guzzler of Kool Aid).

Anthony Charles Lynton Blair… You did this. You allowed this. You enabled this. You encouraged this. I will never forgive you for it, and I will not stop working to make sure that you pay for it.








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