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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

THE TORTURE QUESTION: WHICH PRESIDENT BOILS PEOPLE ALIVE?









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"We mould these little monsters such as Saddam, Karimov, and General Manuel Noriega, and they do our dirty work until such a time when it is no longer expedient, at which point we extract revenge and dress it up as a moral crusade; or enduring freedom." - Martin Samuel

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(See Wiki news,16 May 2005;"Uzbeks fleeing across border to seek refuge")

NOTE: The following news analysis was written 06 June 2005

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Uzbeki President Islam Karimov's first name is like Hitler being Jewish. Hitler tortured Jews. Islam tortures Islamists.

Zyklon-B gassing of Jews in death camp crematoria by Hitler's Sonderkommando may have been humanitarian compared to the way Karimov's torturers kill.

Nazi gassing deaths took 15 minutes. But, how long does it take to rip out a prisoner's fingernails, beat them senseless, and boil them alive?

Imagine accidentally hammering your finger, then touching it on a stove. How much pain is endured?

Step up the damage. Imagine a hammer fracturing your hand bones, which are then cooked in boiling water.

What was it like for Muzafar Avazov when his fingernails were torn out one by one, the back of his skull smashed in, and he was boiled to death?

We cannot feel his pain. We can only view his corpse.

Be warned. This is seriously graphic stuff.

The body of Muzafar Avazov "showed signs of burns on the legs, buttocks, lower back and arms. Sixty to seventy percent of the body was burnt...Doctors who saw the body reported that such burns could only have been caused by immersing Avazov in boiling water...There was a large, bloody wound on the back of the head, heavy bruising on the forehead and side of the neck, and...his hands had no fingernails."

Another torture victim's relative, Karima Eshonova, told Reuters that her brother Orif's body "had a broken finger. Sharp objects had been forced under his fingernails. There were bruises all over his arms and body. He had been beaten on the soles of his feet."


WHO IS ISLAM ABDUGANIEVICH KARIMOV?

President of Uzbekistan since 1991, Karimov was raised in a Russian orphanage, son of an Uzbek father and Tajik mother. Perhaps parental abandonment and institutional abuse in a childhood Gulag created in Islam the self-hatred seen in adult perpetrators of violence. German psychiatrists like Alice Miller have said that Hitler turned his self-loathing outward upon other Jews. Perhaps Karimov turns it upon his own people, Uzbekistan's Islamic devotees.

Karimov was born in the silk route city, Samarkand, on January 30, 1938. After studying engineering and economics, he became First Secretary of the Uzbekistan Communist Party in 1989, and in 1990, President of the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic.

Declaring Uzbekistan independence in 1991, Karimov claimed victory in a seemingly corrupt election in which his only opponent, Abdulhasiz Dzhalalov, admitted he voted for the incumbent president.

In 2000, Karimov was re-elected in his final five-year term with falsified vote counts the United States said were "neither free nor fair and offered Uzbekistan's voters no true choice." Opposition leaders were forced into exile shortly thereafter, and some have "disappeared."

Karimov has received harsh international criticism for his appalling record on human rights and lack of press freedom.

Uzbekistan British Ambassador, Craig Murray, first brought to light the Islamic deaths by boiling. The United Nations has described torture in Karimov's justice system as "institutionalized, systemaic and rampant."

Karimov and his economist wife, Tatyana Akbarovna Karimova, have two daughters, the eldest of whom is advisor to Russia's Uzbekistan ambassador and a business woman with holdings that include a wireless telephone operation, nightclubs, and a cement factory.

WHY DOES KARIMOV PERPETRATE THESE HORRORS?

You may have seen on the May 13, 2005 evening news that in Andijian, Uzbekistan protestors stormed the Mayor's office and released 2,000 political prisoners. Police gunned down hundreds of people, including unarmed innocent bystanders.

Threats and acts of torture follow in the tradition of Genghis Khan, the Mongol conqueror who lived between 1165 and 1207, ruling an empire which expanded from China to Russia.

Human Rights Watch's website describes the Karimov regime's relentless religious persecution, imprisonment, and torture of nonviolent Muslim dissidents, "individuals whose peaceful Islamic beliefs...fell outside of strict government controls...About 7,000 people are believed to have been imprisoned" since the government began its campaign against "independent Islam" in the mid 1990s.

Prisoners' relatives say they must sign statements that beg Karimov's forgiveness, renounce their faith, and admit they are terrorists.

According to Agence France-Presse, April 2, 1999, after violence in March, Karimov called protestors "Islamic extremists," saying, "I'm prepared to rip off the heads of 200 people, to sacrifice their lives in order to save peace and calm in the Republic...If my child chose such a path, I myself would rip off his head."

"The government justifies this campaign," continues Human Rights Watch, "by referring to the 'war on terror,' failing to distinguish between those who advocate violence and those who peacefully express their religious beliefs."

Karimov used the March-April 2004 Tashkent and Bukhara bombings and shootings, the U.S. and Israeli embassy bombings, and the July 30 bombing of the General Prosecutor's office in Tashkent "to give new validation to the campaign."

Reminiscent of some in the U.S., Karimov seems to equate those who follow Islam with the word "terrorist." U.S. financial support for Karimov's attempt to suppress the Islamic religion has garnered worldwide Muslim resentment and anti-American sentiment.

In his 'Times On Line' article, "Ready, Steady, Cook Up Reasons for Supporting the Boiling Butcher," Martin Samuel writes that Karimov "is frightened of Islam, rich in gas and oil, and within striking distance of Afghanistan. An American base, which Karimov allowed to be built in Khanabad, now protects the American owned pipeline carrying Central Asia's black treasure through Afghanistan to the sea."

Karimov has a close personal relationship with U.S. politicians including U.S. President George W. Bush, who seems to have a clear understanding of that three-letter word: "O.I.L" Bush and Karimov are shown photographed together at the information clearning house site.

Visitors to Uzbekistan include Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, Generals Tommy Franks, Richard B. Myers, and Anthony Zinni, and Congressmen McCain, Lieberman, and Daschle.

After 9/11, Karimov provided access to Uzbekistan bases from which U.S. military intelligence tried to oust Afghanistan's Taliban government in 2001. Supplies, troops, and intelligence officers still operate from an air base in Khanabad.

New investigations are being launched into long-held suspicions that terrorist suspects sold to American "bounty hunters" for $3,000 to $5,000 end up at secret locations around the world, including Uzbekistan. Just as at Guantanamo, they are tortured for information, except that the hidden locations allow these atrocities to remain unofficial. Says Martin Samuel, "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."

In 2002, Bush awarded Uzbekistan $500 million in aid. The army received $120 million, while $79 million went to SNB, Uzbekistan's secret police, the agency alleged to have boiled Muzafar Avazov alive.

Muzafar Avazov's 63-year-old mother, Fatima Mukhadirova was imprisoned at hard labor for announcing her son's murder to the world. The day before Donald Rumsfeld visited, praising "the wonderful cooperation we have received from the Government of Uzbekistan" in the war on terror, Fatima was released.

Some speculate that the street riots and murders on May 13, 2005, were triggered by the human rights abuses of the Karimov regime
as well as public outrage at the rise of widespread cancer from pollution of Uzbekistan's groundwater. A gas and oil drilling process called "hydraulic fracturing" injects toxic chemicals directly into the drinking water.

Martin Samuel suggests that, like Saddam Hussein, the days of Karimov's love fest with the Bush administration may be numbered.

"We mould these little monsters such as Saddam, Karimov, and General Manuel Noriega, and they do our dirty work until such a time when it is no longer expedient, at which point we extract revenge and dress it up as a moral crusade; or enduring freedom."

After his services are no longer required, we may see Uzbekistan's president cornered like a rat in a hole where our military has chased him. Then photos of Karimov in his skivvies may grace the front pages of newspapers worldwide.