posted on May, 11 2004 @ 12:06 PM
Latest on the situation in Chechnya:
"Russian President Vladimir Putin has paid a rare visit to Chechnya and pledged to send extra troops following the assassination of a key ally there.
Mr Putin described the killing of Moscow-backed Chechen leader Akhmad Kadyrov as a "lesson" to Russia.
More than 1,000 extra Russian troops will be sent to the Caucasus republic."
What is interesting is the fact that it is estimated that Russia currently has over 80,000 troops stationed in Chechnya. When you look at the figures
for Iraq, you can see what a massive operation this actually is.
Chechnya and Iraq can only be compared in terms of extremist terrorism. The political situation is different - Chechnya is
part of Russia. The
Muslim extremists want a seperate state.
Personally, my belief is that Russia is justified in safeguarding the integrity of her own territory.
It does mean that Putin has one thing in common with Bush though. Both are fighting Muslim extremism and for both it is a war that they cannot afford