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Putin’s Response to Domodedovo – Typical of Unthinking Aggressiveness

Posted by Info on 09/02/2011

The Domodedovo bombing is more evidence Putin has turned a containable local insurgency into an escalating regional war.

Islamist rebel Doku Umarov warned the Russian government last Friday that his jihadis were ready and willing to launch more terrorist attacks like last month’s horrific suicide bombing of Moscow’s Domodedovo airport.

Putin’s initial response to Domodedovo
was typical of the unthinking aggressiveness that has characterised his outlook since he rose to the presidency in 2000 on the back of a promise to hunt down Chechen rebels and kill them “in the outhouse”. Those behind the bombing would be caught, he said. “Revenge is inevitable.”
Tough domestic counter-terrorism measures have strengthened the Kremlin’s powers and reduced individual liberties while making little impact on the problem at hand.

“What are the terrorists trying to achieve by detonating bombs in the Moscow metro?”
asked commentator Yulia Latynina in the Moscow Times. “Answer: they want Allah, not Russia, to rule the north Caucasus. They hate the West and despise both Putin’s rule and democracy … In the United Sates, terrorist attacks occur about once every five years, but in the north Caucasus they occur every five minutes.” (?)
Under Putin, Ingushetia was transformed into a safe haven for the mojahedin … It seems that Russia will be forced to part with the north Caucasus in the same way that France was forced to leave Algeria.”

Facing mounting criticism at home and fears overseas about security for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup, Putin has conceded new approaches may be required. He admitted high unemployment ,condemned the nationalists’ racist threats as xenophobic…

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One Response to “Putin’s Response to Domodedovo – Typical of Unthinking Aggressiveness”

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