Friday, September 03, 2004

Earth shattered: film at 11:00

In a startling development, sources reveal that Arabs may be linked to Chechen terrorists insurgents rebels!

Ten of Ossetia hostage-takers come from Arab states - FSB

BESLAN. Sept 3 (Interfax) - Ten of the 20 hostage-takers who set off a major crisis in North Ossetia on Wednesday and were killed by Russian troops on Friday came from Arab countries, a Federal Security Service (FSB) official said.

I know, I know - it's hard to get your head around. You may want to catch your breath before proceeding, because as it happens we might have known something about that already.

But surely, if there was any reason to suspect that these might be murderous islamist butchers seeking to impose tyranny, rather than disgruntled victims of oppression, the world's faithful news services would report them as such? Let's see just how far back suggestions of islamist terror might go -

Apr. 19, 2004
MOSCOW - Russian troops have killed four Chechen rebels linked to guerrilla leader Shamil Basayev near Chechnya this weekend, capping a week-long crackdown on separatists in the turbulent Caucasus region. The leader of Arab fighters in Muslim Chechnya, Saudi-born Abu al-Waleed al-Ghamdi with close links to Basayev, was among those killed there in recent days, his brother said on Sunday. More than 10 rebels, including Wahhabi militants, were killed in planned "special operations" by Russian troops in the mountainous region last week, news agencies reported. Wahhabism is a strict Islamic sect dominant in Saudi Arabia.
Feb. 19, 2004
MOSCOW - Russia has evidence that this month's terrorist attack on the Moscow metro was organised by Arab mercenary Abu al-Valid who is believed to have succeeded the notorious Khattab, eliminated by special services in 2002. According to intelligence reports, Al-Valid was paid $4.5 million for the attack and has already left Chechnya for one of the Persian Gulf states.
February 21, 2003
The U.S. State Department added three Chechen rebel groups to its list of designated foreign terrorist organizations. The designation makes it illegal under U.S. law to provide material support to the organization, and requires banks to freeze its assets. Members of the group can be denied U.S. visas.
Dec. 29, 2002
Military intelligence, he says, recently learned that Abu Al Walid was ordering a series of terrorists attacks on Grozny. The attacks are being financed by several Arab countries, which were not named.
Oct. 27, 2002
The Russian authorities in Chechnya have said that a substantial number of the female rebels were of Middle Eastern origin.

This echoes President Vladimir Putin's recent suggestion that there were Arabs and Afghans among the hostage-takers.

The Russian security service later said that it had intercepted intensive exchanges over mobile telephones between the hostage-takers and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey.
Feb. 9, 2001
Russia-s military intelligence officers have found videotapes showing the details of criminal acts perpetrated Chechen rebels and foreign mercenaries. Most of the rebels on the tapes come from Arab countries, officials at the Federal Security Service told Interfax on Friday. Rebels are known to make such video accounts for their bosses who guide and finance their operations in Chechnya and also provide a propaganda cover, the officials are quoted as saying. The tapes are now being thoroughly examined. "Special equipment allows one to determine with absolute precision the date and time of filming and make accurate portraits of all participants in terrorist acts," they added.
June 29, 2000
The Russian special forces destroyed a large rebel group, comprising mainly Arab mercenaries, during a reconnaissance operation in South Chechnya on Wednesday, the Interfax news agency reported.
Sixty militants, 55 of whom were identified as Arab mercenaries, were killed by federal air strikes. Now a mopping-up action is underway in the combat area, the center was quoted as saying.
Oct. 26, 1999
"Today, we have good positions, good weapons, and we can fight successfully," said Khattab, an Arab warlord commanding Chechen fighters, at a rebel stronghold just west of Gudermes. Khattab, who goes only by his first name, helped lead the militant incursions into Dagestan earlier this year.

Ok, my ADD is kicking in, but I think I have my answer: long enough for Reuters et. al to know better. The next time I see or hear a straight-faced report of Chechen millitants, insurgents, rebels, or -- my new favorite -- mercenaries directing death and misery at civilians, we may find out just how quickly I can chisel the word "terrorist" into a brick facade.


Blogger Jane said...

Wow great list. If I wasn't so burnt out, I'd write an article about it. Maybe after the coffee kicks in. Then when I list my "Works Cited" I can just put "Doug."

7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I blogged about this last week. I was furious (!) that dumb news editors were writing headlines like that with no mention of the "rebels" actually being Muslim terrorists. Bunch of dunces.

--La Shawn

10:00 PM  
Blogger The American Warmonger said...

I'm going to have to write about this myself. At this point, it's not about anyone reading it, it's about being able to work through this.

I'll be linking this post in mine along with everyone else I know who has written something. This is really my last straw. Right now I don't even care much who wins the elections, just as long as they kill every last one of the millitants, insurgents, rebels, mercenaries, terrorists, and murderers.

11:25 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

La Shawn - You're sure not alone. I can understand press wanting to be responsible by not unjustly inflaming whatever anger or bigotry might already exist, but I believe there comes a point where the general media isn't just being prudent, but apologists. They crossed that point long ago; now they're practically enablers.

Jane & Jeremy - If I'd have known either of you would be interested in doing some writing on this, I would have hung on to the rest of the articles I'd dug up for you. The list I included was pared down from a couple dozen, and I really wasn't very particular in selecting those; there were plenty more.

I think mainstream media is guilty now of what pretty much all of us were pre-9/11: simply not seeing what's happening, or not taking it seriously enough. All the dots were there, with more popping up every year, but for a lot of us it took processing 9/11 to make them connect. Some of us still haven't seen them connect.

With the gift of this nifty hindsight, it seems apparent that Russia's been in an escalating conflict in the war on terror since before there was a war on terror. One of Bush's earliest foreign policy moves was an international appeal to suspend financial aid to Russia due to human rights concerns in Chechnya (as he recently did with Uzbekistan). In retrospect, it would seem that his first move in the war on terror was actually in favor of the wrong team. I also think that we need to recognize that Russia is an ally, whether declared or not.

1:43 AM  

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