By Craig Murray
With the entire velocity and drama of a political mystery, Dirty Diplomacy is a riveting account of a tender, fast-living ambassador's conflict opposed to a ruthless dictatorship in relevant Asia and the craven political expediency in Washington and London that finally price him his activity.
Craig Murray isn't any traditional diplomat. He enjoys a drink or 3, and if it's within the corporation of an attractive woman, quite a bit the higher. Murray's scant regard for the principles of the sport additionally extends to his task. whilst, within the first few weeks of his posting to the little-known primary Asian Republic of Uzbekistan, he comes throughout pictures of a political dissident who has actually been boiled to loss of life, he ignores diplomatic nicety and calls it for what it's: torture of the harshest type.
Murray quickly discovers that this can be no one-off incident: fierce abuse of these opposing the govt is rife. It's no longer lengthy earlier than he's tearing round the state in his embassy Land Rover, shaking off Uzbek police tails and crashing via roadblocks to fulfill with dissidents and disclose their persecutors. He even confronts the despotic president, Islom Karimov, face-to-face.
yet Murray's bosses in London's overseas place of work, ever aware in their senior companions in Washington, don't are looking to disenchanted the applecart. Karimov is an best friend within the newly introduced worldwide conflict on Terror. His state is host to a tremendous American air base. the very last thing they want is a fighting younger diplomat stirring issues up. In Craig Murray, that's precisely what they've got...
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Contractors on the US army bases are extending the layout lifetime of the constructions from ten to 20 5 years. four. Democracy and human rights are, regardless of their protestations on the contrary, in perform far down the U.S. time table right here. relief this yr should be a little much less, yet there is not any goal to introduce any significant conditionality. no one can think this point of aid—more than US relief to all of West Africa—is concerning comparative developmental want in place of political help for Karimov. whereas the united states makes token and low-level references to human rights to assuage household opinion, they view Karimov’s vicious regime as a bastion opposed to fundamentalism. He—and they—are actually developing fundamentalism. while the U.S. provides this a lot aid to a regime that tortures humans to loss of life for having a beard or praying 5 occasions an afternoon, is it any shock that Muslims come to hate the West? five. i used to be surprised to listen to that the USA had confused the ecu to withdraw a movement on human rights in Uzbekistan which the european was once tabling on the UN fee for human rights in Geneva. i used to be such a lot unsatisfied to discover that we're assisting the united states in what i will be able to basically name this cover-up. i'm saddened whilst the USA regularly quote faux advancements in human rights in Uzbekistan, reminiscent of the abolition of censorship and net freedom, which effortlessly haven't occurred (I see those are quoted within the draft EBRD technique for Uzbekistan, back I comprehend at American urging). 6. From Tashkent it truly is tough to agree that we and the U.S. are activated by means of shared values. the following we've a brutal US subsidized dictatorship similar to important and South American coverage lower than prior US Republican administrations. I watched George Bush speak at the present time of Iraq and “dismantling the gear of terror … removal the torture chambers and the rape rooms. ” but in terms of the Karimov regime, systematic torture and rape seem to be handled as peccadilloes, to not impact the connection and to be downplayed in overseas fora. Double criteria? sure. 7. i am hoping that after the current obstacle is over we are going to make simple to the USA, at senior point, our severe challenge over their coverage in Uzbekistan. MURRAY i used to be totally conscious that this telegram will be met with nice hostility in the overseas workplace institution. It used to be the one broadly copied inner FCO rfile that wondered our uncritical aid for Bush, and the genuine causes in the back of U. S. overseas coverage. even though rigorously drafted to mirror on U. S. coverage in Uzbekistan, and therefore remain inside of my valid sphere of remark, it used to be adequately interpreted as an assault at the morality of the invasion of Iraq itself. The preliminary response was once muted. I acquired a telegram from Peter Collecott, head of FCO management, educating me to not reproduction my telegrams so largely, allegedly due to court cases from Gulf ambassadors. in a different way, he threatened, telegram minimization strategies will be activated. This intended i might be electronically avoided from sending at the FCO community.