Viewing conflicts through the eye of Counterinsurgency COIN – Since 2007
History repeats itself and there is no such thing as a moderate rebel !!!
Voltaire Network| Paris (France) | 7 September 2005
One year ago now, on September 1st, 2004, a group of armed men broke into a school in Beslan (North Ossetia) taking children, parents and professors as hostages. At the end of three days of crisis, a series of explosions and a police raid, 376 people were killed, including 172 children. A Chechen military chief, Shamil Basayev, claimed responsibility for the action. Strange as it may seem, far from expressing any compassion for the Russians, the western press brutally blamed President Putin, holding him accountable for the slaughter for having maintained an appalling colonial war in Chechnya and simultaneously planned a blind raid. Some writers went further ahead, accusing Vladimir Putin of having deliberately caused such gory situation to justify new authoritarian measures. . On its side, the Kremlin responded…
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