I believe I said I do not believe they are directly related.
My post was more along the lines of - you make "friends" of dogs, don't be surprised when it is dogs that come around and bite you.
Just because it is not the same breed of dog you are buddies with, does not take away the poetry of the situation.
Unfortunately, the same applies to the U.S., and in our case, unlike Russia’s, it’s the same breed of dog that’s doing the biting: we backed the Chechens diplomatically for a long time, and went all in on behalf of the Sunni Muslims in the Balkans, first in Bosnia, then in Kosovo, where the KLA had ties to Al Qaeda and was classified as a terrorist organization by the State Department until Madeline Albright decided her personal animus against the Serbs should be the basis for American foreign policy, not to mention keeping the Wahabi monarchy in power in Saudi Arabia. And our thank you notes from Sunni Islam were the Tanzania embassy bombing, the attack on the U.S.S. Cole and 9/11.