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Who is Really to Blame?

George Young • 4 September 2004

Following the deaths of the two hundred and fifty men, women and children in the Russian town of Beslan at the hands of Chechen rebels, I feel that the question has to be asked, who will the people of the world believe is to blame?

The natural reaction of most people will be to blame the Chechen freedom fighters, and let me say that I think their actions in the mass slaughter of totally innocent civilians was absolutely reprehensible, but, I believe, that Russia and the Western nations of the world have to shoulder the majority of the blame, as between them they have created the mindset which now exists within the Islamic countries of the world.

As with most of the conflicts of the past twenty years, the war in Chechnya is about one thing, oil. A major pipeline carries oil from fields in Chechnya to refineries in the Ukraine and as long as the region is part of Russia, Moscow will have a say in the oil flowing through it. In fact, Russia's main concern has been it's lack of involvement in the discussions with the major western oil companies.

In many ways the conflict in the region has been similar to Kosovo, where NATO forces adopted a high tech strategy of precision bombings, to ultimately defeat the Serbian forces. Hence, Russia adopted this same strategy in Chechnya, albeit with a more limited success rate.

It is also similar to Kosovo in that the insurrection there has been funded by some of the West's larger powers. In Kosovo, the Kosovan Liberation Army was financially supported by Military Professional Resources Inc. (MRPI) who incidentally, were contracted by the Pentagon as military advisers to the Macedonian army which meant that the U.S had a foot in each camp.

A no lose scenario for the Americans.

For the last decade or so, there have been accusations levelled, that Western forces have been used to destabilize Chechnya and hence, ensure a permanent split from Russia, thus allowing them to deal with a smaller and weaker nation. Indeed, in times past, it has been suggested, that the West sponsored the now outlawed Islamic extremist group Al Quaeda, in it's involvement in the war in Chechnya, to attempt to destabilize the former Soviet Union.

Breaking down larger regions is a strategy which has been used successfully, by Britain and America, in the past, when they divided and ruled colonial states. Of which, Ireland, is a typical example. And, as with Ireland, where the Brits violated the human rights of the nationalist population of the North, the Russians have done exactly the same thing in Chechnya.

On the thirteenth of April this year the bodies of nine men were found outside the village Serzhen-Yurt. Two weeks previous, the men had been forcibly removed from their homes in the village of Duba-Yurt, by men dressed in Russian army uniforms. The men had been shot in the head and showed obvious signs of torture. (Familiar?)

Also, only as long ago as last Friday, a Russian court issued a ruling, liquidating the operations of the Danish Refugee Counsel, an organization which had been a major player in humanitarian aid to diplaced persons in the area.

During the five year long conflict, tens of thousands of Chechen civilians, have been subjected to massacres, rape, torture and arbitrary detentions by Russian forces, of which, next to none have been investigated.

The conflict is deemed to be the most serious human rights violation of the last decade and although the United Nations know this, there seems to have been a reluctance on the part of the International community to involve itself.

As a matter of fact, post September eleventh, there seems to have been an international disengagement on the human rights violations in the region, due mainly, to the Russians claiming that the war is their commitment to the U.S led war on terrorism.

International disengagement does nothing, not only for the human rights of the Chechen people but also does nothing for the rights of the Russian population, who will in the long term, suffer for the unchecked violations committed by their forces, as, when more of them return to perhaps, take up positions within their justice system, they will be bringing with them the brutality learned in the region.

As I said at the beginning of this article, I believe, that although the Chechen rebels committed a totally barbaric act in the town of Beslan, people like Tony Blair, George Dubya and the rest of the world's leaders need to bear their share of the blame for what took place. Their actions in Iraq and Afghanistan and support for Israel's treatment of the Palestinian people have created a whole new type of freedom fighter. Where in the past, when people were setting up operations, one of their primary concerns would have been their escape route, now the primary concern is maximum casualties and who cares about escape.

So, I ask you, Who Is Really To Blame?





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