Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Basayev is Dead!

The most wanted Chechen rebel warlord, Shamil Basayev, has died in an explosion - BBC News

One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter. He claimed to have fought for a noble cause, but targeting innocent children was an act both barbaric and despicable. One may emphatise with Chechenya's desire for independence, and with the Russian need to maintain the status quo.

However, Basayev's past actions have become self-defeating, because the first thing that comes to mind about this conflict isn't Chechenya's freedom but the unforgettable, barbaric and inexcusable murder of those children in Beslan.

Oddly enough, there are many Westerners who see him as a national hero and martyr. In that case, then the IRA are freedom fighters, Hamas the better alternative for Palestine's government, Osama bin Laden is the light of reason in this dark world and I'm the Queen of England.

The pro-rebel website have hailed him a martyr, yet claimed that it was accident that killed him, not Russian FSB agents. How typically ridiculous of fanatics.

How can you be a martyr if your own weapons *ahem* ACCIDENTALLY kill you? I don't see anybody hailing Urban, the apostate who made the monstrous cannon (that blew up and killed him) for the Turkish assault on Constantinople in 1453, a martyr.

He will always be remembered as a despicable villain and a mass murderer by all whose reasoning and logic have not shrouded by religious fanaticism:

October 2005: Scores killed in attack on Nalchik

September 2004: Gunmen seized school in Beslan, 331 deaths (many children)

August 2004: Suicide bombers destroy two airliners leaving Moscow, 89 deaths

August 2004: Suicide bomber kills 10 outside Moscow metro

October 2002: Moscow theatre seized, 129 hostages die

June 1995: Hospital seized in Budyonnovsk, 100 deaths

Goodbye Shamil Basayev; you won't be missed.

2 Comments:

Blogger JPSonnen said...

interesting. a russian in rome told me that chechen people are not slavic and that russian overeach should stop. anyways, russia is fun to volunteer in as a catholic missioner (see: www.vladmission.org).

Sat Jul 15, 12:58:00 pm 2006  
Blogger Constantine said...

Hello John Paul, welcome to this blog.

Chechnya needs Russia more than Russia needs Chechnya.

If Chechnya to be given over to the administration of Basayev and his ilk, Chechnya would be no different from Afghanistan under the Taliban - i.e. the land would become one big opium poppy plantation, numerous terrorist training schools would be opened, etc.

Besides, the Chechen people have repeatedly voted (whether they were rigged or not has to be confirmed) not to be independent from Russia.

Wed Jul 19, 05:05:00 pm 2006  

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