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Originally posted by quiet one
"Privately, EU diplomats said Mr Putin was playing the al-Qa'eda card for all it was worth, seeing it as a useful way to create a sense of common purpose with the West and heighten the strategic value of Russia."
this sounds about right. whilst bush has his little war in iraq to keep him in power, putin wants his in chechnya. you can compare the statement to several from sharon as he ordered attacks on palestinians.