Central Asia: March 30, 2004


Two more bombs went off in Uzbekistan, and there was at least one shoot out between police and terrorists in the capital. Police say they arrested five suspects in yesterdays bombings. Uzbekistan, like the other Central Asian nations is a police state (although not a very efficient one), and this makes it easier for Islamic militant groups to recruit among young Moslem men. After decades of Russian communist rule, socialism is no longer an option and democracy takes a lot longer to develop than Islamic revolution. Besides, Islam is already in the region, while democracy has never made an appearance. If Afghanistan gets a decent democracy going, that may change. But for now, Islamic radicalism is the way to go if you're feeling reform minded or revolutionary.


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