Saturday, September 04, 2004

Why Europe (except Italy, Poland and England) Doesn't Get It!

Little Green Footballs points us to the Russian disgust at an EU statement regarding the massacre in Belsan:
Russia has described as "blasphemous" a request by the European Union for an explanation to the bloody end to a mass hostage seizure at a school by Chechen gunmen.

More than 320 people, almost half of them children were found dead after troops stormed a school in the southern Russian town of Beslan, where the separatists held more than 1,000 hostages for 53 hours.

In a statement in the name of the presidency of the 25-nation EU, Dutch Foreign Minister Bernard Bot said on Friday that all countries should work together to stop such tragedies.

"But we also would like to know from the Russian authorities how this tragedy could have happened," he added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry reacted with outrage on Saturday.

"Mr. Bot's elaborations are an absolute contrast with the wide international support and solidarity with Russia in these tragic days," the ministry statement said.

"Inappropriate statements by the Dutch minister look odious ... and blasphemous," it added. "We expect explanations from the Dutch side."

Interfax news agency later said that the Dutch ambassador had been summoned to the Foreign ministry over Bot's statement.
Remember, Russia is one of those nations who are not involved in Iraq. So why are they being attacked? Because terrorists DON'T CARE! All these statements by the Democrats saying that the Iraq war created more terrorists is stupid, they are everywhere! And they don't care at all about Iraq.

5 comments:

kitty said...

Will Michael Moore make a crockumentary about this, maybe call it "Bowling For Beslan"? I wonder if the terror apologists here in the US will protest in favor of those terrorists?

Ghost Dansing said...

"Remember, Russia is one of those nations who are not involved in Iraq. So why are they being attacked? Because terrorists DON'T CARE! All these statements by the Democrats saying that the Iraq war created more terrorists is stupid, they are everywhere! And they don't care at all about Iraq."

Not exactly correct. There are a few unassociated facts in this statement that, while contiguous, are not related in the way they are strung together.

True. Russia is not currently involved with the U.S. effort in Iraq. However, they are a target of Islamic Extremists dating back to their invasion of Afghanistan, where they won the enmity of an international network of Mujahadeen (Islamic Freedom Fighters, many from Afghanistan, some from Arabic nations including Saudi Arabia) who successfully cause d the Soviet witdrawal in the 80's. Al Qaida is a subset of that broader Mujahadeen network.

More recently, after the break-up of the Soviet Union, one of the many ex-Soviet satellites that tried to break away from Russia, was Chechnya, that has a predominantly Islamic population. The rebellion in Chechnya has been put down repeatedly by force by Russia, sometimes brutally, in the last several years. The Mujahadeen network supports the Chechen rebels, and that is why we frequently have Arabs in the rebel mix in that part of the world, to include terrorist attacks in Russia itself.

In a completely different vein, the conditions in Iraq have been destablized. Saddam, while not a nice man, having essentially come to power as a secular Baathist (not an Islamic Fundamentalist), and not running a Theocracy by any means, was not a friend of either Wahhabist or Shia Islamic militancy, and severely limited their activities. He was an autocratic dictator to be sure, but he wasn't "their kind" of autocratic dictator, and had quite a bit to fear from them. The current situation has balkanized (or Lebanonized) Iraq, and now, with its porous borders, ample availability of munitions, and wild-west atmosphere, it is essentially a play ground for Islamic international terrorists, as well as neighboring Theocracies, like Iran. That is not a condition that will be changed soon. Plus, Bin Ladin's claim is that the United States and the West simply want to crush Islam and dominate the Middle East and Soutwest Asia for economic reasons, i.e. oil. The invasion of Iraq played into that mythology, as does our well publicised plans to maintain a significant number of military forces in the region, and specifically in Iraq, for years if not decades. In other words (in simple to understand "Bush" vernacular), it gives the bad guys a great big "I Told You So" for recruiting purposes.

STCA said...

WOW! Ghost, that was a great comment! No sermonizing! I love it!

And I AGREE WITH YOU! Keep it up :-)

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