Friday, April 19, 2013

From Beslan to Boston

Some of my readers may remember an essay from several years ago in which I explained why I refuse to be called a journalist. Seeing the coverage of the Boston Marathon massacre only fortified me in that conviction. I hope the mainstream media that fingered the wrong suspects, even going so far as to publish their names and photos, enjoys the libel suits they so richly deserve.

There were even some who hoped (!) the suspect would be "a white American", because that would better serve their political agenda. The irony of their wish-fulfillment, after a fashion, is why I believe the universe isn't random: the suspected terrorists really were "white Americans", though only in the most technical sense. The brothers Tsarnaev came to the U.S. from Chechnya.

For those who can't tell Chechnya apart from the Czech Republic, the latter is a mostly Catholic country in central Europe, while the former is a region of Russia in the north Caucasus. A tribal society with a tradition of mountain banditry, the Chechens launched a war of independence against Yeltsin's Russia in 1991. They successfully defeated the crumbling Soviet army and established an "Islamic Republic of Ichkeria", proceeding to engage in abductions for ransom, sex slavery, drug running and terrorism. In this, they had the support of a veritable who's who of Imperial policymakers.

Following NATO's 1999 attack on Serbia, however, the mood in Moscow changed. After the Chechens tried invading the neighboring region of Dagestan, Russian troops crushed the rebellion. The jihad, however, continued.

And that's the problem. What happened in Boston was horrifying, absolutely. But it's been happening to Russians for years, and there has been not a shred of sympathy from the American political class, the media, or the (admittedly ignorant) general public. To mention just a few examples:

- October 2002, Chechen terrorists hold hostage a Moscow theater, during a popular stage play. 130 hostages die during the rescue.

- September 2004, Chechen terrorists seize and hold hostage 1100 children, teachers and parents in an elementary school in Beslan, North Ossetia. After two days of horror, most of the terrorists are killed in a rescue, but not before murdering 334 civilians, 156 of them children.

- January 2011, a jihadist belonging to the Chechen terrorist movement blows himself up at Moscow's busy Domodedovo airport, killing 37 and injuring 173.

Yet all that came from Washington were condemnations of Moscow's "human rights violations" in the Caucasus. Terrorists? Surely you jest: terrorists are only those who attack Americans.

As I commented on Ilana Mercer's blog, the Chechen identity of the bombing suspects threatens to mess with the Narrative of evil Russians (or Serbs) oppressing the good, innocent Chechens, "Bosnians" or "Kosovars." In that Narrative, Islam is a "religion of peace", and if America continues to champion Islamic causes, Muslims will be grateful and embrace democracy. Or not.

To this end, terrorism perpetrated by the "designated victims" is habitually swept under the rug. Bosnian Muslim Sulejman Talovic shoots up a Salt Lake City mall and is given a jihadist funeral, but the official investigation declares "motive unknown." Albanian Arid Uka attacks a bus of U.S. soldiers at the Frankfurt airport? Albanians "love America", the mainstream media declare. Move along, nothing to see here. A Bosnian Muslim jihadist attacks the U.S. embassy in downtown Sarajevo, and the senior State Department official brushes it off. Right on cue, I hear this morning (h/t Steve Sailer) that the New York Times ran a story pitying the poor Chechens.

Terrorism cannot be defeated. But terrorists can. The first step towards doing so is to stop enabling them, supporting them, cultivating them as a weapon against enemies real or imagined, and harboring the delusion that they can be controlled.

Tall order, I know.

5 comments:

Asteri said...

Its worth noting that Chechen independence was also an internal fight between secularists and Islamists. The Islamists won that fight but lost the war.

Chechnya today actually resembles (in part) the Kosovo situation. Kadyrov is a Chechen version of Thaci and Ceku. A payed off gangster terrorist turned opportunist 'moderate' leader. The only difference is that he represses his own kind.

I would also say that what happened to Chechnya under the Stalin was the same kind of social engineering that took place in Abkhazia. Though they are almost unique in that they are an expelled people that were allowed to return to their homeland and are now the only Russian republic to have an outright majority over ethnic Russians.

What must be really had to take for the Empire, is that Russian policy in the Caucasus has been very successful in comparison to their Balkans and Middle East escapades. Truths too hard to take.

jack said...

@Asteri

I think you have you're logic strewed up.

“Its worth noting that Chechen independence was also an internal fight between secularists and Islamists. The Islamists won that fight but lost the war.

No it wasn’t the Islamists and the so called “moderates” who have never denounced the so called islamist Chechens or even acknowledged a foreign presence the fighting was between Chechen groups who fought they were fighting for some kind of independence like Kadyrov and Russian backed Moscow based Chechen groups who opposed the Dudayev regime, local Cossack militia and incompetent/corrupt Russia army forces.

"Kadyrov is a Chechen version of Thaci and Ceku."

No he is not he is the only one with the largest militia still in Chechnya that was able to align themselves with Russian forces top root out the terrorists, crime lords and Wahhabis after warning Maskhadov to stop or denounce Basayevs incursions into Dagestan which Kadyrov warned him about what cause a 2nd war something which the Chechen regime with other countries were training and supporting for since there independent period continuing training in camps in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and the Panski Gorge and forging ties to the KLA especially since the head of the Chechen mafia helped set up and ink a $3 billion oil investment scheme in London in 97 shortly before they came to power.

Kadyrov is not involved in drug trafficking or any other criminal activity.

The Kosovo precedent is more akin to the western so called “moderate” regime who like the KLA receive training and weapons as well has political and media support who were starting and purging and ethnic cleansing campaign before the first war.

“I would also say that what happened to Chechnya under the Stalin was the same kind of social engineering that took place in Abkhazia. Though they are almost unique in that they are an expelled people that were allowed to return to their homeland and are now the only Russian republic to have an outright majority over ethnic Russians.

That’s because the rightfully feared that Germans would support separatist in the Caucasus in the outbreak and capturing the vital oil reserves that would sustain the USSR state as a state that was Hitler’s initial plan to capture the Caucasus and seize the Caspian oil reserves rather than be bogged down in guerrilla conflict like they are today or what happened to the Serbs in the Balkans that Muslim units from the Caucasus thought in although relatively small.

The US rounded up Japanese and Germans in the US during WW2 fearing an internal threat.

It was only during the WW2 period to 59 when the geopolitical situation changed that there were more Russians than Chechens.

http://darussophiledotcom.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/chechnya-population-by-ethnicity-to-2010.jpg

“What must be really had to take for the Empire, is that Russian policy in the Caucasus has been very successful in comparison to their Balkans and Middle East escapades. Truths too hard to take.”

Because they understand the importance of ethnic politics in the region and how it has been traditionally used to undermine Russia so they have historically forged ties in the region with groups aligned with Russia.

panix Panixgr said...

Excellent article once again.

We observe the same pattern in NATO countries just like in NAZI germany : Slavic lives are of no importance. Slavs are only to be fed as for in their emperial anti-human beasts.

CCCC

Long live the Serbs.
Long live the Russians.
Long live the free Slavs.

Lena North said...

Interesting article about Chechens

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Boston+attacks+finally+reveal+global+nature+radical+Islam/8273748/story.html




Lena

http://theutteredword.blogspot.fr/

jack said...

I usually I didn't read over my comment before publishing it with a lot of grammar and spelling errors but I think the get the basis of what I was trying to say.