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June 16, 2010

Kyrgyz Clearly have the Edge in Kyrgyzstan Violance


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Beginning of Genocide?
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It is clear now thanks to the Red Cross and other relief agencies that the Kyrgyz have gained the dominant role in the "ethnic violence" that is upsetting Kyrgyzstan. The Uzbek population in towns like Osh, Kyrgyzstan are clearly living under constant threat of sniper fire and artillery blast. The Kyrgyzstan military is sending in its soldiers only to support the Kyrgyz militias and to deport the remaining Uzbeks.
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Just like in the Serbian Genocide, the attacks by roaming militias seem to get worse with each sunset. Artillery is being directed at the Uzbek areas of town. And when the sun comes up, snipers guard the streets.
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At the border crossings the government is stopping any ethnic Uzbeks from entering Kyrgyzstan. All the while the border guards are deporting hundreds of Uzbeks a day to Uzbekistan. The trademarks of genocide are all there.
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Countless Uzbeks have claimed that the military, mainly Kyrgyz men, are confiscating any aid making it into Uzbek hands. Victims and onlookers have claimed watching soldiers severely beat Uzbeks over having as little as a bag of flour from incoming aid.
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As of now, the United States has allocated 10 million dollars of aid to the country of Kyrgyzstan. It is doubtful that anybody in the stricken areas will receive a single scrap of the supplies sent.
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Looking at the situation I would venture to guess that many Westerners will never know the "ethnic violence" ever took place in Kyrgyzstan. Many probably don't even know where the country is. And of those who do know of the violence, many will just forget about it a week after the news drops the story.
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We have watched countless genocides occur throughout the world. Now we have the opportunity to stop one. Not only could we stop this genocide, we would at the same time stop the flow of opium and heroine our of Afghanistan. And in addition to those two liberal goals... we would help prop up Democracy in the Russian's back yard.
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But of course "Never Again" is only a hollow slogan in the Western world.

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