This article is another one of the hit pieces blaming the victims (Russians) for work of the terrorists (Chechens.) The author of this article, Anna Polikovskaya, is the Tokyo Rose propaganda machine for the terrorists.
Maybe, but when I read of Putin's "response" in the WSJ you could have colored me dubious at best. I'm (truly) all ears: how will Putin's response improve matters?
«KRITIKA SO STORONY PRESSY POLEZNA DLYA VSEKH UROVNEY VLASTI». (V.V. PUTIN, 24.09.2004)
"Criticism on the part of the press is useful for all levels of the regime" (V.V. Putin, September 24th, 2004)
I have mixed feelings about Politskovskaya. I hate her Euro-cynicism, but do admire her tenacity. After two (three?) attempts on her life, she may be the Russian free press's martyr-in-waiting.
Too bad we haven't had journalists like that in 50 years.
Why does she bother? It must be a Russian thing. Someone recently wrote me about this character trait:
Znaesh' li tu russkuyu skazku pro dvukh lyagushek, kotorye popali v banki s molokom? Odna podumala - vse ravno mne otsyuda ne vybrat'sya, slozhila lapki i utonula. Drugaya dolgo-dolgo barakhtalas', sbila maslo, zalezla na nego i vybralas'...Here's Ms. Politkovskaya's review of Fahrenheit 911, FWIW.
"Do you know the Russian fairy tale about the two frogs, who fell into the milk can? One thought - it doesn't matter, I'll never get out of here, and so it stopped swimming and drowned. The other frog floundered about in the milk for a long-long time, until it churned out a piece of butter, climbed up on top and jumped out..."