shameful17 May 2005
This is shameful:
Q I have a question on something else. On Uzbekistan, do you have any reaction to what is going on over there, on the crisis? And have there been any high-level contacts since this erupted?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, I know that the Department of State has been in touch with our embassy there, and so they probably will be talking more about this at their briefing, as well. We have had concerns about human rights in Uzbekistan, but we are concerned about the outbreak of violence, particularly by some members of a terrorist organization that were freed from prison. And we urge both the government and the demonstrators to exercise restraint at this time. The people of Uzbekistan want to see a more representative and democratic government, but that should come through peaceful means, not through violence. And that’s what our message is.
Soldiers fire indiscriminately into a crowd of protestors, killing over 500 people, and all we can do is “urge restraint” from both sides? Both sides of what? Why are we lecturing the people of Uzbekistan on “peaceful means”? Maybe I misread the news report, but I am pretty sure that the “people of Uzbekistan” were the men and women being shot at.