What drives support for this torturer [the one on the left of the picture]

karimovbush“The bodies of hundreds of pro-democracy protesters in Uzbekistan are scarcely cold, and already the White House is looking for ways to dismiss them. The White House spokesman Scott McClellan said those shot dead in the city of Andijan included ‘Islamic terrorists’ offering armed resistance.”

Strategic interests ensure that the US backs Uzbek dictator Karimov to the hilt, argues Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan.

Guardian, 16 May 2005

See also Islam Online, 15 May 2005