Tuesday, June 14, 2005

With fiends like these!

AmericaBlog and ThinkProgress both have rundowns of who our allies in the war on terror are. During the Cold War, we cuddled up next to all kinds of repressive regimes, as long as they would let us have bases on their land, or suppress any dissent that might be problematic for us. Some of these nations came out of their US induced or aided dark age. Some didn't.

The US is even occupying two of the nations we gave a "hand" in the Cold War.

Some highlights...
Uzbekistan: “Defense officials from Russia and the United States last week helped block a new demand for an international probe into the Uzbekistan government’s shooting of hundreds of protesters last month, according to U.S. and diplomatic officials.”
They also boil people there (very disturbing images. And the White House blamed Newsweek for riots. Bastards).
Saudi Arabia: A recent State Department report states, “Saudi Arabia is a destination for men and women from South and East Asia and East Africa trafficked for the purpose of labor exploitation, and for children from Yemen, Afghanistan, and Africa trafficking for forced begging…some fall into conditions of involuntary servitude, suffering from physical and sexual abuse, non-payment or delayed payment of wages, the withholding of travel documents, restrictions on their freedom of movement and non-consensual contract alterations.“
Saudi Arabia. Where have I heard that name? Oh yeah, Bin Laden's homeland, as well as that of 15 of the 9/11 hijackers. Oh, and of Wahabi Islam, which trains kids to hate America.

Does anybody actually need to ask why "they" hate us?

by Robster @ 6/14/2005 10:09:00 PM PERMALink