This story vividly illustrates the bankruptcy of the common claim that jihadis are simply reacting to provocations from the U.S., Israel, or other Western entities. If that were so, there would be no reason whatsoever for jihad activity in Uzbekistan. “US Issues Uzbekistan Travel Warning,” from VOA News, April 26:
The U.S. State Department has warned American citizens in Uzbekistan of the potential for terrorist attacks or localized civil disturbances, and urged them to exercise caution.
In a statement, it said the government is continuing to receive information that shows terrorist groups could be planning attacks against U.S. interests in Uzbekistan.
Among the groups mentioned in the release are the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, al-Qaida, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement.
The groups have expressed anti-American sentiments and attacked U.S. government interests, including the U.S. embassy in Tashkent. In the past, these groups also have carried out kidnappings, assassinations, and suicide bombings….