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Russia, Chechnya, Terror

See the intelligence discussion in the comments at Tacitus.org which tends to confirm my despair. It's easy to say "no compromise with terror -- we must kill the killers." At the same time, Russia already has taken a very tough line against Chechen separatists in the past, deploying significantly more brutality than the US or Israel does in its own counterterrorist operations. As we've seen this week, it hasn't been brutal enough to stop the onslaught. Russia certainly does have it in its capacity to simply kill all Chechens, but I think the ethical problem is clear enough.

But the other side of this issue is also right. If you respond to the slaughter of hundreds of children by trying to give Chechen separatists what they want, then you're opening a pandora's box of terrorism.

September 4, 2004 | Permalink


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