Putin’s response to media hypocrisy

The injured Bear hits back

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, last night refused to order a public inquiry into how the Beslan school was captured by gunmen and then ended with such a high death toll, and told the Guardian that people who call for talks with Chechen leaders have no conscience.

“Why don’t you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace? Why don’t you do that?” he said with searing sarcasm.

“You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are childkillers?

“No one has a moral right to tell us to talk to childkillers,” he added…

The president admitted Russian forces had committed human rights violations in Chechnya but, like the torture by US soldiers in the prison of Abu Ghraib in Iraq, these were not sanctioned from the top, he said.

“In war there are ugly processes which have their own logic,” he said.

Striking the table with the side of his right hand, he said there was no connection between Russian policies in Chechnya and the events in Beslan.

“Just imagine that people who shoot children in the back came to power anywhere on our planet. Just ask yourself that, and you will have no more questions about our policy in Chechnya,” he said. [The Guardian/via The Agonist]

Putin has put the self-righteous western media and its biased reporting in its place.

Moral of the story:
The India government would do well to heed one remark Putin made in his public address after the seige ended.

We demonstrated our weakness, and the weak are beaten

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  2. I am unsure about what weakness was demonstrated wrt Chechnya. The last ceasefire agreement was broken by the Russians who reneged on the guarantee of a free election and referendum after the Presidential elections. In retrospect most observers agree this was a cynical ploy to buy peace during the 2001 elections in the rest of Russia and conveniently forgotten afterwards. It was also the EU Rapporteur to Russia and the Chechen conflict that said the level of killings being carried out by the Russian forces was equivalent to mortality rates suffered under Stalin’s genocidal purges, on a per capita basis. Breakdowns in discipline are pretty bad when senior Army officers are caught on video-camera strangling young women to death. None of this excuses or justifies terrorism but unlike pretty much all the other states combating terrorism, like say the US or India – both of which have been guilty of excesses, no other state save Russia can be said to be carrying out the same level of indiscriminate killing of civilians.

  3. As Putin said, these child killers should not be rewarded with a Chechen state. I do not claim to know a whole lot about the Chechen conflict, but am sufficiently outraged to believe this action should not be rewarded with a surrender on the Chechen question.
    There must have been humabn rights violations on both sides, but things have to move forward. The Chechen ‘separatists’ should distance themselves from the terrorists and assorted Islamic fundamentalists. Then Russia could countenance a climbdown and begin negotiations and work on a solution within the Russian constitution. That will definitely give the Russian state and other former Soviet satellites enough confidence to deal with other simmering Caucasian conflicts like Dagestan, Ingush, Abkhaz, Nagorno Karabakh etc.
    Russia was identified as one of the ‘BRIC’ countries by Goldman. The Russian nationalists would definitely have identified a need to move beyond these conflicts and build their economy recovering their superpower status.

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