The Man on the Street

by Nathan Hamm on 8/2/2004 · 1 comment

I try not to put too much stock in “man on the street” interviews. It’s too easy for journalists to cherry-pick what statements they want to push as representative of the feelings of a whole people. That being said, read Ferghana.ru’s collection of public reaction to Friday’s bombings. They are kind of all over the place (including one guy who said that Meskhetian Turks are behind the violence). Maybe Russian and Uzbek journalists don’t feel as compelled to present a unified picture of public opinion. Regardless, the sentiments strike me as basically what I would expect.

Interestingly though, Igor Rotar’s latest for the Jamestown Foundation suggests (very weakly) that most people in Tashkent feel that bombings were justified.

Significantly, the majority of Tashkent residents interviewed for this article were inclined to justify the actions of the terrorists.


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Laurence August 2, 2004 at 10:42 am

I’d take what Igor Rotar says with a big grain of salt. How is bombing the Israeli embassy a protest against economic conditions and corruption, exactly–unless you are an anti-Semite?

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