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Fuck 2004 give me 1984!:
The war on terror rules! But why are we supporting the counter-insurgency campaign of a government run by terrorists that's, from what evidence is available, murdered it's own people in staged attacks as pretexts for an unconstitutional civil war, not just once, but twice?:
By the fall of 1994, Chechnya, which had been left to its own devices, had all the trappings of de facto sovereignty. It had its own armed forces, small but well-trained, called the Presidential Guard. It operated its own international airport, which Russia seemed not to notice, and it had effectively taken control of its oil production and exports. In October 1994, Moscow decided finally to put things right by staging an armed uprising in Chechnya. It was meant to look like a spontaneous rebellion of pro-Moscow Chechens, but it was so poorly planned that it failed, and several dozen participants were detained by the Chechens. All the supposed rebels turned out to be ethnic Russians employed by the secret services. ...
The second war in Chechnya began in September 1999, following a bizarre and brutal series of terrorist acts. Two apartment buildings in Moscow and one in the south of Russia exploded, killing more than 300 people. Another building, in the town of Ryazan, was de-mined in time. At the same time, a group of Chechen rebels staged an incursion into the neighboring republic of Dagestan, taking over several villages there for a few weeks. In the last five years, several critics of the Putin regime, including a former senior secret services officer, have produced a fair amount of evidence indicating that the Russian secret services may have instigated or even carried out some or all of these attacks.
The article notes that "[t]he Russian Constitution recognizes the right of federation members to secede—and Chechnya tried to claim this right", which may confuse those who check the federation constitution, which says nothing of the sort. Chechnya (or a group of Chechens, depending on who yer reading) declared independence in 1991 before that constitution was ratified, and so - far as I can tell - declared independence under the 1977 constitution of the Soviet Union: "in accordance with article 72 of the Soviet constitution adopted in 1977, each republic retained the right to secede from the USSR", and under article 49 of the 1918 constitution which formed the Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic, which affirms "confirmation of secession of parts of the Russian Federation". There seem to be about 50 billion different constitutions one could look at, on the other hand, and balls if I'm going to read them all.
:: posted by buermann @ 2004-09-06 14:32:14 CST |