Eliminate Them Like Rats

“…Find them in all the caves where they are hiding, and eliminate them like rats,” President Putin told the Federal Security Service, or FSB, on Tuesday, urging them to intensify their hunt for Chechen rebels in the Caucasus. During this same speech to top leaders at the notorious Lubyanka, Putin stated that the Russian government supports Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as important to democracy, but he urged FSB staff to be vigilant in preventing foreign countries from using NGOs to influence Russia’s domestic affairs: http://www.kyivpost.com/bn/23826/Is Putin hinting that NGOs are linked to terrorist activities in Russia?

Or, is Putin talking out of both sides of his mouth?

On Thursday Putin infuriated Israel when he invited Hamas leaders to Moscow for a meeting, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/10/international/10hamas.htmll, saying that Russia did not consider Hamas a terrorist organization, even though the militant Islamist group recently elected to power in the Palestinian Authority has called for Israel’s destruction. Russian Defense Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov offered a pragmatic commentary on the situation, hinting that the West needs to accept the Palestinian leadership: “Hamas is in power, this is a fact, and secondly, it came to power as a result of free democratic elections.”

Just a few years ago, Russia claimed to be a member of the Middle East “peace quartet” along with the European Union and the United Nations. It is hard to interpret Mr. Putin’s policy twists and turns, which seem to become more convoluted the longer he is in power.

2 thoughts on “Eliminate Them Like Rats

  1. While I feel that Hamas is a Terrorist organization, you must understand Putins’ stance as well.
    He must play the Diplomatic Card.
    All of the Former Soviet Union is riddled with Chechen Rebels/Muslim extremists and bands of well armed and organized enclaves of terrorists for various Political factions in the Former USSR. These have subdivided, and re-grouped. They have even hired themselves out as Mercenaries around the globe. They have at their disposal plundered weapons from the raided and poorly guarded Soviet Arsenals. These include every TYPE of weapon that you can imagine, including Bio and Suitcase Nukes. These groups are funded by every terrorist organization on the planet. It is a terrorist’s Disneyland. After the incident at Beslan, the Political backlash was felt around the Globe. I am not justifying Putin’s comment, but explaining his reasoning. The most deadly and volitile Terrorists are the un-declared and covert. These can infiltrate any organization for hire, and Russia is riddled with countless numbers of them.
    Hamas, by comparison is Visible, therefore, in Putins’ mind, less of a threat.

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