Skip to comments.Putin Bears Responsibility for Terrorism (Russian Takes Putin to Task)
Posted on 10/09/2004 12:42:38 PM PDT by FearGodNotMen
Putin Bears Responsibility for Terrorism Alexandr Nemets Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004
If you believe the press reports and spin from Russia, that nation is under attack from terrorists, who bear full responsibility for a spate of attacks against civilians including the recent school massacre. But the facts suggest something more.
Consider the recent chronology of terrorism in Russia:
1) On Aug. 21, around 8 p.m. local time, about 300 Chechen guerrillas entered Grozny, the capital of Chechnya. Russian experts say the operation was planned thoroughly and its organizers were certain of its success. Thats why they came into the city long before nightfall. This fact alone smashed the multiple claims of high-ranking Moscow officials Putin, Defense Minister Ivanov, etc. that terrorists in Chechnya are almost beaten and peace is near.
This operation is comparable to the guerrilla attack on Nazran, the capital of neighboring Ingushetia Republic, on June 21, but the scale of the action in Grozny was probably greater. The guerrillas attacked dozens of objectives in Grozny: police stations, voting polls (prepared for the election of a new president of Chechnya), army and police checkpoints, army barracks and the city market.
Guerrilla groups of five to seven fighters each moved freely all over the city, stopping cars and checking documents for the purpose of revealing army and police officers and local officials.
For the entire night the city was in guerrilla hands. Guerrillas left the city at sunrise, and Russian army and police forces made no attempt to pursue them. Guerrilla losses reportedly were no more than 15, while Russian losses amounted to about 100.
2) On Aug. 24, about 11 p.m. local time, two Russian passenger planes exploded almost simultaneously and fell on the ground. Both had departed from Moscows Domodedovo airport and headed south. One of them, a huge TU-155, fell in the Rostov region; the other, a TU-134, fell in the Tula region. Eighty-eight people, including 16 crewmembers, died in the two catastrophes.
It took KGB/FSB and the Russian Interior Ministry (police department) about four days to recognize that evidently, the two aircraft were destroyed as a result of a suicide terrorist action. Women with Chechen names were among the passengers of both aircraft.
3) On Aug. 31, a suicide terrorist action took place near the metro station Rizhsckaya in the northern part of Moscow. A young Chechen woman exploded herself one more black widow from the North Caucasus killing 10 persons and wounding 50. Reportedly, she intended to blow herself up inside the subway itself (i.e., to reproduce that huge terrorist action in a subway train in February 2004), but she got scared of policemen at the entrance.
These actions alone cost Russia, by the estimate of most informed Moscow journalists, more than 200 lives.
4) Finally, on Sept. 1, about 50 Chechen fighters, calling themselves the Islambuli Brigade, seized the school in Beslan in the North Ossetia Republic, about 100 kilometers west of Grozny. The terrorists were heavily armed with automatic rifles and grenade launchers.
The action took place on the first day of the new school year. Initially it was supposed that around 300 children and their parents were taken as hostages. Later it appeared that the number of hostages probably approached 1,200. The terrorists immediately concentrated the hostages in the school gymnasium and mined the entire school building.
Seven people were killed during the hostage taking and in skirmishes around the school building on Sept. 1. The terrorists demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from Chechnya and the release of the fighters captured during the attack of Nazran on June 21. A very grim detail: For the first time in the nine-year history of Chechen terrorist actions, terrorists deployed the children at the school windows as a live shield.
Sept. 2 passed comparatively quietly; the terrorists released 26 women and babies under the age of 2.
On the afternoon of Sept. 3, Russian troops spontaneously and accidentally (if we are to trust the Russian officials) initiated the school storming, which was accompanied by multiple explosions inside and intensive use of artillery from outside. Hundreds died during the storming of the school.
Who Is Guilty?
During the past several days, Russian journalists independent of the Kremlin (the leftist media belonging to the democratic opposition) and Russian-language journalists in New York (from RTV TV channel, Forwerts weekly and other newspapers not connected with Moscow) have been asking the same, traditionally Russian question: Who is guilty?
Impressively, all these journalists, in both Moscow and New York, of both leftist and moderate democratic orientation from the chief editor of the Zavtra weekly, Alexandr Prokhanov, up to the former coach of the NTV channel (earlier the twin of RTV and now a Russian-government-controlled TV channel) Viktor Shenderovich are giving the same answer, with insignificant variations: Kremlin, Putin, Moscow!
A more detailed answer, cleaned of emotion, is as follows:
The recent series of terrorist actions was primarily the result of the presidential election in Chechnya. This position became vacant on the death of the previous president, Akhmad Kadyrov, on May 9, in an explosion in the Grozny stadium. The new election took place on Sunday, Aug. 29. Supported by Moscow, Chechen Interior Minister Alu Alkhanov received around 75 percent of the votes, winning the election. Moscow proclaimed this election to be honest and legitimate, but the independent Russian media have another point of view.
Recent events prove that the phenomenon of a normal government fulfilling its duties has ceased to exist in Russia. Of course there are still several million people clad in the uniforms of the Russian army, police, FSB and other security forces. They are strong in looting, taking bribes, extorting tribute, shooting and arresting innocent people, and they are ruling supreme. They are absolutely helpless, however, in dealing with a real enemy!
These security forces, including Russian army officers deployed in Chechnya and the neighboring North Caucasus republics, are mostly corrupt. They probably wouldnt arrest even Osama bin Laden entering a Moscow subway with a nuclear device, if he paid them handsomely enough.
And the mighty network of Chechen-controlled businesses in Moscow and other major Russian cities pays handsomely to key figures in the administration and security forces. These same businesses, enjoying a substantial share of the oil-dollars rain over Russia, have a lot of money to finance the guerrilla struggle in Chechnya and the most sophisticated terrorist actions in the North Caucasus republics and elsewhere in Russia.
Dont look for another explanation for whats happening, and be ready for even more terrible much more terrible terrorist strikes. Perhaps even the rumors about nine nuclear suitcases stolen from former Soviet armories in the beginning of the 1990s, purchased by terrorists and installed in key points in Moscow for X hour are not groundless.s
The 9/11 terrorist attacks were a blessing for Putin & Co. After 9/11, he formally joined the world crusade against terror and enjoys the support of Western politicians. This gives Putin and his associates an excuse to behave in a very cruel manner, to torture and murder tens of thousands of innocent people, to make millions of people not only Chechens but also other Kavkazians (who dont mix with Caucasians) and even ethnic Russians as well the objects of intensive state-run terrorism. Correction: police-military terrorism, because the normal state no longer exists in Russia.
What is happening in Chechnya and the bordering republics is actual armed military conflict, having nothing to do with the worldwide war on terrorism, despite some ties of guerrilla leaders with al-Qaida and some presence of Arabs among Chechen guerrillas. But ethnic Russians are here as well. The flame of war now embraces the entire North Caucasus, and its sparks are falling on Moscow and elsewhere.
This conflict was initiated by Boris Yeltsin in December 1994. Putin, his successor, fueled the conflict in August-September 1999 after a series of apartment house explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk. By the way, who was to blame for these actions? Chechen terrorists? In two Chechen wars, the Russian army and police-security forces killed more than 100,000 civilians and deeply harmed millions of them. This created a fertile ground for the emergence of many thousands of ruthless young terrorists of both sexes, who know nothing except hate and death. Their ultimate goal is to bring death from Chechnya to Moscow.
The Kremlin sowed the seeds of hatred, and now Russia deals with the harvest. A multitude of Chechen black widows, young women eagerly becoming suicide bombers, has evolved during the last two years into an outstanding component of terrorist-guerrilla activity. Most of them lost close relatives or were deeply insulted by Russian troops.
The North Caucasian war (not the Chechen war that is already going on) could continue indefinitely, because this war and related terrorist actions are extremely profitable for the Russian ruling elite. This group of people includes (a) corrupt civilian officials of all kinds who misuse money for the war itself as well as a huge financial flow for the postwar reconstruction of Chechnya; (b) oligarchs of all sizes, sharing the income with these officials; and (c) several thousand generals, the actual rulers of Russia now, who belong to the FSB, police, other security forces and army. The last group uses the war/terror environment for black business purposes and for expansion of its power as well. What to Do?
While discussing all these facts and trends, Moscow journalists and their New York colleagues could not miss the problem of media freedom in Russia or, more correctly, its absence.
Anna Politkovskaya, a Russian journalist famous for her truthful description of the Chechnyan war, tried to reach Beslan. Her trip ended on Sept. 2 in a hospital in Rostov-on-Don, halfway between Moscow and Beslan. According to reliable data, Anna was poisoned and remains in very grave condition. Other Putin unfriendly journalists trying to reach Beslan by air were involved in fighting with the police at an airdrome and had been arrested.
Russian journalists in Moscow and New York, while admitting the unacceptability of the present situation in Chechnya, cannot find a comprehensive answer to one more famous Russian question: What to do? However, even if they find the answer, the Kremlin wont change its policy. Thats because the independent medias influence on and general public opinion of the present rulers of Russia are negligible.
More important, what should America do?
First of all, to recognize the truth, which no doubt is very close to the conclusions of the Russian independent media presented above. Our administration should make the right choice based on this truth.
Dr. Alexandr V. Nemets is co-author of "Chinese-Russian Military Relations, Fate of Taiwan and New Geopolitics" and "Russian-Chinese Alliance."
"The 9/11 terrorist attacks were a blessing for Putin & Co. After 9/11, he formally joined the world crusade against terror and enjoys the support of Western politicians. This gives Putin and his associates an excuse to behave in a very cruel manner, to torture and murder tens of thousands of innocent people, to make millions of people not only Chechens but also other Kavkazians (who dont mix with Caucasians) and even ethnic Russians as well the objects of intensive state-run terrorism. Correction: police-military terrorism, because the normal state no longer exists in Russia."
Russia is not our friend people, nor are they genuine partners in the War on Terror. Putin is using his newfound respectability among the Western nations to undermine US interests all over the world.
I think you are wrong about that.
This is just what the pro-terror elements wants us to think. Have you forgotten about the "divide and conquer" strategy.
Russia is a valued and important ally in the War on Terror. Their interests are not 100% aligned with ours, and they haven't fully joined the Democratic Nations, but they are on the way.
Putin has done very well in taking his country towards democracy. You have to remember that Russia had 70 years of communism. Change doesn't happen overnight. They have come a long ways.
Putin wants to squash terror and I hope he succeeds.
Trying to blame Putin for the acts of the terrorists is preposterous.
Don't blame the victims.
Spin happens on both sides of an issue - sadly -
Considering what has happened to the "media" in the US - one can't help but wonder if the same exact thing has happened to media outlets in other countries as well -
just my thoughts -
That's exactly right. "Uncle Joe" Stalin was our ally when we needed him to fight a bigger threat. Without him, we would have lost WWII. We don't intend to lose the war on terror.
"The enemy hopes they can hide until we tire. But we're going to prove them wrong. We will never tire, and we will hunt them down. We will fight these evil ones, and we will win."President Bush addressing the 101st Airborne, November 21, 2001
Putin was also helpful to President Bush, when he made it public ( which of course the US MSM worked hard to ignore), that Russian intelligence agents reported that Saddam was sending terrorists to the US after the 9-11 attacks. (Putin passed the info to Bush at the time).
Russia 'warned U.S. about Saddam'
MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian intelligence services warned Washington several times that Saddam Hussein's regime planned terrorist attacks against the United States, President Vladimir Putin has said.
The warnings were provided after September 11, 2001 and before the start of the Iraqi war, Putin said Friday.
The planned attacks were targeted both inside and outside the United States, said Putin, who made the remarks during a visit to Kazakhstan.
"I can confirm that after the events of September 11, 2001, and up to the military operation in Iraq, Russian special services and Russian intelligence several times received ... information that official organs of Saddam's regime were preparing terrorist acts on the territory of the United States and beyond its borders, at U.S. military and civilian locations," Putin said.
How stupid I am... I thought Moslem terrorists were responsible.
What are his credentials?
It would seem that there is a significant number of otherwise well-meaning conservatives who are falling in love with Putin. As I have pointed out many times before...whether Putin is building subs for the drug-running Marxist FARC terrorists, or whether Putin is providing lists of assassins for Saddam to employ against Europeans, or whether Putin provides night vision goggles, anti-tank missiles, and GPS jamming equipment to better kill our troops with, or whether Putin builds up Iran's nuclear capability in order to intimidate and threaten Israel, other Arab countries, and Europe, or whether Putin provides MIGs and flight training to the Communist dictator of Venezuela to be used against his hapless Latin American neighbors, or whether Putin has worked overtime at disrupting our long-cherished alliances in Europe, or whether he consistently opposes the US in the UN...I always find a significant number of conservatives who are willing to defend this KGB-President. Go figure.
WHO is Alexandr Nemets?
What are his credentials?
Really, why does everyone forget it is the "TERRORIST" who are doing the killing. Blame the correct target the "TERRORIST".
Freedom Calls wrote: Nothing Putin has done or will do, can ever justify an attack on a school on the first day of school...Don't blame the victims.
We have no alliance with Europe. They, the Europeans valued their pocketbooks more than America. Putin is former KGB. I know--but he is the lesser of two evils when it comes to terrorism. Much the way Stalin was the lesser of two evils when compared to Hitler.
But I still (after extensive web searching) have little or no idea from where he is coming politically???
Although this is no garauntee, the fact that he is writing for Newsmax should be at least some indication that he sides with conservatives. Read his other articles, and you will get a flavor of where he is coming from.
That's not possible.
"Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?"
I'm not in love with him. Don't exaggerate. Are you in love with Shamil Basayev?
Putin is definitely not friendly to the US in many ways, but the only people "responsible" for Beslan - and the other terrorist attacks in Russia - were the Islamic terrorists. I have read some speculation in the European press, btw, that the objective of the Islamics in Chechnya is to drive out the Russians so it can be used as a terrorist home-base - sort of an "Al Qaeda state" - to replace their former haven in Afghanistan.
This is certainly something we don't want happening, so I think it would be advisable for us to find some way of supporting at least some aspects of Russia's fight against Muslim terrorists. There are many rival interests in Russia (such as those who were cooperating with Saddam), and Putin is certainly not the worst of them.
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