Is Russia an ally in the "War Against 'Terror,'" that is, the war against Islam on Jihad?
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"When Putin, with his face still burning after the heavy slap he had received at Beslan, announced to the world that from then on he intended to strike terrorists preventively on Russian territory as well as beyond, I said to myself, “Uh-oh. We've got ourselves an ally that may cause more problems than all our enemies combined.”
The War on What?
by Zack Lieberberg
Russian people are incredibly rude. They are so rude that even when they make an effort to be polite, they sound threatening. And when they want to sound threatening, it comes out perfectly believable. When Putin, with his face still burning after the heavy slap he had received at Beslan, announced to the world that from then on he intended to strike terrorists preventively on Russian territory as well as beyond, I said to myself, “Uh-oh. We've got ourselves an ally that may cause more problems than all our enemies combined.” As it turned out, I had nothing to worry about. In the almost 19 months since the siege that left more than 344 hostages, 172 of them children, dead, Putin has been carefully emulating his more experienced colleagues. Like Sharon, he went after terrorist leaders and managed to kill a couple of them. These tough measures did about as much good to Russia as they do to Israel. The only difference was that the world did not defend the Chechen terrorists' sacred right to kill and maim their victims with the same passion they usually defend the Arab terrorists' sacred right to kill and maim theirs, which means that not only Moscow subway riders can tell a Jew from a Russian.
Like Bush, Putin managed to indict just a single participant in the attack. The man is currently on trial. Unlike my namesake Zacarias Moussaoui, Putin's defendant, Nur-Pashi Kulayev, looks human and vaguely resembles a character from That Seventies Show. This indicates that Western fashions reach Chechnya much slower than the Wahhabi ideology — a rather ominous sign if you think about it. As far as striking terrorists goes, Putin summoned all the self-discipline a martial arts expert can possibly master and managed to contain his vengeful urges. Instead of fighting a war against terrorists, he proceeded to sell modern weapons and nuclear technology to the worst terrorist states in the world. That's his war on terror.
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