Recently, Ms Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America, said that the US ‘has no better friend’ than Silvio Berlusconi of Italy.
This blog wrote then:
The situation for the United States government is truly sad if they have “no better friend” than Silvio Berlusconi, of sex parties with minors, of miniskirt banning, of eighteenth century art censorship, of media censorship, of xenophobia, of anti-Semitism, of homophobia, of sexism, of financial scandals, of mafia connections … Apparently, in the eyes of Ms Clinton, participating … or, rather, making your soldiers participate as cannon fodder in bloody wars like Iraq and Afghanistan, makes one a best friend, no matter how criminal one is.
This video is called Part (1-3) Torture Farm (Life and Death under Karimov).
Read from the Uzbek dictatorship’s news agency how cozy the Clinton-Karimov friendship is:
Uzbek-American relations correspond to the spirit of mutual understanding
Saturday, 4 December 2010
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Oqsaroy residence on 2 December.
Uzbekistan and the United States have been pursuing a constructive dialogue on a wide range of issues, which contribute to developing a qualitatively new stage of bilateral relations in the political, economic, humanitarian and other fields.
Welcoming the guest, President of Uzbekistan highly evaluated the dynamics of the Uzbek-American relations in various areas, which correspond to the spirit of partnership and mutual understanding.
“We highly value relations that have formed between Uzbekistan and the United States,” Islam Karimov said. “I hope today we will have a good opportunity to exchange opinions on the bilateral relations, regional problems and issues that represent interest to both sides.”
Expressing sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for warm reception, the Secretary of State confirmed the commitment of the US administration to the principles of mutual respect in the bilateral relations.
“Mr President! Let me thank you for your kind words and this opportunity to discuss important issues representing mutual interest,” Hillary Clinton said. “President Barack Obama also attaches great importance to the discussion of the most important sides of our bilateral relations. I am glad that the representatives of our official delegations will be able to consider a wide range of issues.”
Uzbekistan and the US have been strengthening bilateral contacts in the issues of ensuring regional security, including counteracting international terrorism, preventing drug trafficking and protecting state borders. Both sides have on a constant basis been exchanging experience in this direction, organizing trainings for specialists in the framework of various programs.
If we translate this from the diplomatic Newspeak of two regimes with blood on their hands into plain English, then it turns out that Ms Clinton basically says: Best friend Karimov, carry on torturing and killing opponents as many as you like. As long as you help our war in Afghanistan, we could not care less. Only if you would stop that help, then we would suddenly discover that you are a dictator.
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