posted on Jan, 9 2014 @ 09:55 AM
reply to post by ketsuko
I take your point, but it doesn't apply here, in my opinion.
If the power of the Russian oligarchy decided trouble at Sochi would be a good thing, the corruption you're talking about would factor in, I'd
think. It might be a very dangerous factor and have odds of success, actually. As it is, I'm thinking Russian organized crime (or what they call a
good % of Government) is all over Sochi but to make money and bilk contracts, not to literally kill the golden goose.
In this case, Putin and the Russian Security Services have a history and a deeply personal, ugly history with the Jihadi fighters that transcends all
that. Things like the Beslan school massacre, the Moscow theater takeover and a range of other events have turned feelings viciously hard and brutally
unforgiving for Russia, IMO.
.....In the 1980's, when taking Western civilians as hostages was a local sporting event in Lebanon, it's said they tried the same with other
nationals as well. We know they did, but what isn't widely talked about was how the Soviets responded when one of their people was kidnapped. I
believe it only happened once ....ever...and there is real good reason for that. I won't spoil it but to say Russia doesn't play. They terminate
their problems and move on quickly...unlike other nations that really get into exploiting every tragedy like a golden opportunity or something.