Genocide, Planet Earth In Kyrgyzstan

A visitor from another planet would find most fascinating about life on Earth the human capacity to kill and slaughter our neighbors and friends if the right motive is provided for those murders. In Nazi, Germany, the excuse was religion, in the American South the excuse was skin color, in Ireland it was they were a different sort of Christian, the list goes on and on. In Kyrgyzstan, a genocide is occurring as Kyrgyz men march down streets, take women from their homes, strip them naked and after raping them, cut off their fingers or chop them into little pieces. The Uzbek minority is the object of killing. In one street survivors found the bodies of several children who had been burned to death. The violence, which erupted last Thursday was planned and organized by followers of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev who sought revenge against Uzbeks who had led the fight to end his corrupt, dictatorial rule.

Survivors report gangs of Kyrgyz men, many dressed in army uniforms, entered Uzbek areas in armored cars which led people to believe they had come to end the fighting. Little did they realize these thugs were murderers out to rape and kill. The pogrom of killing moved from the city of Osh to outlying villages and conservative estimates are that over 2,000 have been killed in this rampage of death and destruction. Uzbeks comprise about 15% of the country and they historically have been city dwellers unlike the Kyrgyz who originally were nomads and farmers. It idd not require Bakiyev much to stir up old animosities and urge destruction of Uzbek businesses and restaurants and homes.

The International Court for Criminal Justice must issue a warrant for the arrest of Bakiyev and place this murdering thug on trial.