Latest reports from Kyrgyzstan are that nearly 200 Uzbecks have been killed by mobs of Kyrgyz men and an estimated 400,000 people have been compelled to flee for their lives. Eye witnesses claim women have been raped and then killed while in many cases homes were burned to the ground while innocent children were inside. The government claims this violence was begun by ousted President Kurmanbek Bakiyev and his son. Maxim Bakiyev has been detained in England and the government of Kyrgyzstan wants him sent returned to face trial for his participation in beginning the violence. They threaten to close the American air base unless he is sent home arguing the base is designed to fight terrorism and Maxim is responsible for horrible terrorism.
The Kyrgyz and the Uzbecks are Sunni Muslim. As far as we can estimate, there have been no widespread demonstrations in Muslim nations over this slaughter of the innocent. Nine people were killed by Israel soldiers which resulted in world wide protests, but the killing of hundreds and expelling of 400,000 Muslim people apparently does not appear to stir anger in Muslim societies. Of course, if someone in Kyrgyzstan drew a cartoon, the streets would be packed with protestors.
We support the right of Uzbecks to live in peace and security. Their lives are just as important as the nine killed on ships. How about Muslims ending their double standard as to what they will protest? Is a life of a Muslim killed by another Muslim of less importance than a Muslim killed by an Israeli soldier?