Monday, May 30, 2005

Brownback not to be found

According to the Times 3 U.S. Senators Seek Inquiry Into Killings in Uzbekistan:
In the strongest statement by American officials since Uzbekistan carried out a bloody crackdown this month against a revolt and demonstration in the city of Andijon, three United States senators on Sunday called for an international investigation into the violence. They also issued a stern rebuke to Uzbekistan's authoritarian government.

The statement by the three Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and John Sununu of New Hampshire, came amid new details of the conduct of the Uzbek security forces during and after the violence, including claims that injured victims have disappeared from hospitals and that troops had fired on a civilian ambulance during the crackdown, killing three medical workers inside.

I figured Senator Sam Brownback would be one of the three, seeing how he's in charge of the Helsinki Commission. Plus, he's been genuinely interested in human rights abuses in Myanmar and Sudan. And he used to chair the subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs in the Committee on Foreign Relations.

Maybe there aren't enough Christians being abused and disappeared in Uzbekistan. Perhaps the people being skinned alive aren't sufficiently religious for him to care about.

Or maybe he's spending so much time whining about what happens to 16 cells and running for president that he didn't have time to notice a democracy movement being brutally and viciously crushed by a petty thug.

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