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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:50 PM
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Uzbekistan Mulls Future of U.S Air Base
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050707/ap_on_re_eu/uzbekis...

Uzbekistan indicated on Thursday that it was reconsidering the future of the U.S air base in this Central Asian nation.

The Foreign Ministry said in a statement the air base at Karshi-Khanabad, which U.S. forces use to support operations in neighboring Afghanistan, had been only intended for combat operations in Afghanistan during the overthrow of the Taliban regime after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

"Any other prospects for a U.S military presence in Uzbekistan were not considered by the Uzbek side," it said.

Uzbekistan also said the United States had not paid for making flights from the air base and had offered virtually no compensation for additional costs incurred by the Uzbek authorities for guarding the base and creating new infrastructure.

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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:55 PM
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1. Is this the first of many countries who will throw us out?
This upsets me because it could put our military in even more danger, but I'm hoping to hear similar oustings from everywhere else we maintain military bases. Shrub says he can do it all by himself! He may find himself in just that spot!

If we can't stop his insatiable quest forwar, our "former" allies can!
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:56 PM
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2. Do they want us out or just want more money? I'm confused.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:05 PM
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5. Hmm...it does smell of extortion, eh?
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 12:57 PM
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3. I hope they do reconsider. They don't need the target.
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:02 PM
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4. They don't like the idea that the saying...
"You're either with us or you're against us!"

has morphed today into

"If you're with us, they're against you!"
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mbperrin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:10 PM
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6. If they wanna get paid, they should have contracted out to
Halliburton! Big Dick would ensure the capital flows then!
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ButterflyBlood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 01:12 PM
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7. We shoudn't even be there anyway
that regime ther is just Saddam 2.0. Fuck Bush and fuck anyone who has assisted those scumbags in any way. Get all our troops out of that fucking dictatorship.
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JohnyCanuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:14 PM
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8. Just another quid pro quo from the Chimp's perspective
Chimpy probably figures a free US air base in Uzbekistan is just a quid pro quo for not making an issue of the fact that Uzbek security services have a nasty habit of boilling people alive.


Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive

<snip>

President Karimov government was awarded $500m in aid from the Bush administration in 2002. The SNB (Uzbekistan's security service) received $79m of this sum.

The U.S. State Department web site states "Uzbekistan is not a democracy and does not have a free press. Many opponents of the government have fled, and others have been arrested." and "The police force and the intelligence service use torture as a routine investigation technique."

Now I would like to introduce you to Muzafar Avazov, a 35-year old father of four. Mr Avazov had a visit from our presidents friends security force (SNB), the photographs below detail the brutality and inhuman treatment our tax dollars subsidize, with the full knowledge of our president and his administration.

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


More (including disturbing photos) at:
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3943.ht...
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Gunit_Sangh Donating Member (424 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:18 PM
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9. Isn't Uzbekistan our allie that
boils people alive?

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northzax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-07-05 02:26 PM
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10. would it be better, somehow
if he was boiled dead?
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wicket Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-08-05 08:43 AM
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11. kick
:kick:
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