Newsweek om Moskvas mordere.
Her er bruddstykker fra Newsweeks siste artikkel om Tsjetsjenia-konflikten(11.november-utgaven som kommer nå snart). Artikkelen er skrevet av Fareed Zakaria og kan leses i sin helhet her: http://www.msnbc.com/news/829872.asp -- No White Hats In Moscow If, as Fleischer says, terror against civilians is the yardstick, what does the White House call the actions of the Russian Army in Chechnya? -- Nov. 11 issue — Thank goodness for moral clarity. President Bush’s black-and-white picture of the war on terror has apparently made sense of Russia’s complicated struggle with the Chechens. The White House offered its wholehearted support to President Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the Moscow theater siege, despite accounts of a heavy-handed Russian operation that had little regard for the lives of the hostages or the terrorists. (The latter were shot dead despite being unconscious.) But that’s all understandable. Russia is, after all, fighting terrorism. - BUSH’S SPOKESMAN, Ari Fleischer, revealed that “the president’s first reaction [to the events in Russia] is sorrow that other nations around the world are being victimized by terrorists.” The notion of Moscow as victim in this conflict is strange. To review the history briefly: The Chechens were forced into the Russian Empire in 1862, after 45 years of bloody resistance. They were granted independence in 1918, but in 1920 the Soviet Union invaded the country again and brutally suppressed periodic revolts. In 1944 Joseph Stalin applied a Stalinist solution to the Chechnya problem. He deported most of its inhabitants to Siberia—more than half a million—and burned their villages to the ground. (Stalin’s successor, Nikita Khrushchev, allowed the survivors to return to their lands in the late 1950s.) -
In 1990, as the Soviet Union was breaking up, a national conference of all Chechen political groups declared independence. Russia refused to recognize it and in 1994 launched the first Chechen war. After two bloody years Moscow was unable to win and signed a peace treaty with the Chechens. In 1999 Russia reinvaded Chechnya, and since then has had 100,000 troops in this republic, the size of Vermont. - When asked whether Russia’s actions might also be to blame, Ari Fleischer disagreed vigorously: “Your question supposes that the Russians are to blame for the terrorists’ taking Russian citizens hostage. And the president does not share that... The people who shoulder the burden and the blame are the terrorists. And there is no excuse around the world in any region for people resorting to terror against innocent civilians...” --
If terror against civilians is the yardstick, what does the White House call the actions of the Russian Army in Chechnya? Over the course of the last decade, it has killed an estimated 100,000 civilians—almost 10 percent of the prewar population—displaced over 200,000 and turned more than a quarter of the tiny republic into an ecological wasteland. --