Recently in Uzbekistan, demonstrators were fired upon by government troops, with tragic results.
That the US had a base in that country, was of course commented upon in the media.
Wherever we are, whatever happens there, we are responsible it seems.
Well the US has made its concerns known, and has been asked to leave and is doing so.
Bush kept the faith.
This in from TigerHawk
Sunday, July 31, 2005
The United States stands on principle and loses a base in central Asia
The United States has a strategically significant base in Uzbekistan, which borders on Afghanistan. In May, Uzbekistan's hideous government opened fire on demonstrators and killed hundreds of innocent people, raising the ire of the civilized countries of the world. The United States, among others, threw a fit. Uzbekistan has now expelled the United States, ordering it out of the base within six months. Russia and China, neither offended by the thugs running Uzbekistan but both sorely annoyed by the U.S. presence in central Asia, are happy today.
The next time somebody tells you that the United States operates without principle, remind them that the Bush Administration walked away from an important base in central Asia because it stood up for political liberty in one of the most isolated places on the planet.
Now one wonders what the media will being saying about demonstrators being gunned down in Iran?
Over 280 protests in Iran in past month - opposition Mon. 1 Aug 2005
London, Aug. 01 ? Disenchanted Iranians stated more than 280 anti-government protests, clashes, strikes, and other forms of social unrest throughout Iran over the past month, according to the opposition Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK, or People?s Mojahedin).
Most of the protests and public actions occurred in Tehran and other major cities, including Isfahan, Mashad, Ahwaz, and Tabriz.
There were many protests in regions with substantial ethnic minorities, such as Kurdistan and Khuzistan.
Workers staged 170 strikes in the same month, the opposition group said.
Student demonstrations were widespread, despite the closure of most schools and universities during the summer period. Many of the students who took part in anti-government activity were arrested and some continue to be in detention at unknown locations.
Civil servants, nurses, drivers, and other social groups organized more than 50 protests.
The opposition group highlighted the unrest in the Kurdish town of Mahabad, northwest Iran, where it said protests started on July 9 and have not ended since. Several people have been left dead including a woman after police launched a crackdown on Mahabad and neighboring towns to prevent social dissent from escalating.
The southern province of Khuzistan has also been a hotbed for anti-government demonstrations and clashes between the population and security forces.
Don't hold your breath waiting for Mainstream Media Reports.
One demonstration where the US has a base?
280 protests in ONE MONTH?
We never hear about.