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Russia Concedes Failure In The Face Of Jihad

The first step in any 12 step program is admitting you've got a problem:

"We have to admit we showed no understanding of the danger of processes occurring in our own country and the world at large. We failed to react appropriately to them and, instead, displayed weakness," President Vladimir Putin said in a somber televised address that followed a week of devastating terrorist attacks, including the loss of two domestic passenger aircraft and a Moscow subway blast, at the hands of three separate female suicide bombers. "And the weak are always beaten," he added.
In the past Russia has attempted to isolate the issue of terrorism. Vladimir Putin appears to be taking the first steps towards internationalising the Chechen issue. As the mess in Chechnya is mostly the product failed policies out of of Russian there will be plenty of lumps taken by Putin in the process.

The bigger picture is that the highly visible links between Chechen terrorism and radical Islamic terrorism focus attention on the Middle East's chief export (aside from oil) - Islamic jihad.

There is a line connecting this weekend's mass murder in a school in North Ossetia, the ongoing genocide in Sudan, the bomb blasts on Madrid trains, the bombing of Istanbul synagogues and the suicide bombings in Be'er Sheva," Ha'aretz journalist Ze'ev Schiff wrote in Sunday's paper. "That line is Islamic - for the most part Arab - terrorism and it endangers world peace."

In the post- 9/11 world, which still views Israel as a greater threat to global security than the concentration camps of North Korea or nuclear ambitions of Iran, the news that Arab jihadists made up at least 10 of the two dozen so-called Chechen freedom fighters that killed some 350 children, parents and teachers in a southern Russian school on Friday has caused something of an earthquake.

In the Egyptian capital of Cairo a prominent Arab writer and television executive admitted on Saturday that Muslims worldwide are the main perpetrators of terrorism, and it is high term the Arab world acknowledge it. "Our terrorist sons are an end-product of our corrupted culture," Abdulrahman al-Rashed, general manager of Al-Arabiya television wrote in his daily column in the pan-Arab pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper. The article ran under the headline, "The Painful Truth: All the World Terrorists are Muslims!"

Mark Steyn notes that for all the predictable condemnations and expressions of regret, there's only one man with a plan to end catastrophes like this weeks school massacre in Russia.
What happened in one Russian schoolhouse is an abomination that has to be defeated, not merely regretted. But the only guys with any kind of plan are the Bush administration. Last Thursday, the President committed himself yet again to wholesale reform of the Muslim world. This is a dysfunctional region that exports its toxins, to Beslan, Bali and beyond, and is wealthy enough to be able to continue doing so.

You can't turn Saudi Arabia and Yemen into New Hampshire or Sweden (according to taste), but if you could transform them into Singapore or Papua New Guinea or Belize or just about anything else you'd be making an immense improvement. It's a long shot, but, unlike Putin's plan to bomb them Islamists into submission or Chirac's reflexive inclination to buy them off, Bush is at least tackling the "root cause".

If you've got a better idea, let's hear it. Right now, his is the only plan on the table. The ideology and rationale that drove the child-killers in Beslan is the same as that motivating cells in Rome and Manchester and Seattle and Sydney. In this war, you can't hold the line against the next depravity.

Thursday's speech by Bush reminded people who might have grown weary of the war on terror, that the battle is not nearly over. On the most important issue in this election it's still a one man show; with only the Bush campaign articulating a plan. Since the Kerry campaign's answer seems to revolve solely around the fact that Kerry is a patriot and a Vietnam veteran, it's hardly surprising that his campaign appears to be in free fall.


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Comments (14)

Has Kerry in any way acknow... (Below threshold)
Meezer:

Has Kerry in any way acknowledged what happened in Russia? (I googled, but I'm no expert) And has he said what HE would do about it?

Kerry is too busy complaini... (Below threshold)

Kerry is too busy complaining about Cheney's 5 deferments to pay attention to worldwide terrorism. This morning one of his strategists said that Kerry is more interested in kitchen table issues. I'm not sure if he meant hiding under the kitchen table.

Hell of a post Kevin... (Below threshold)
Paul:

Hell of a post Kevin

I'm forced to wonder if thi... (Below threshold)
Paul:

I'm forced to wonder if this has happened BEFORE we went into Iraq if he would have been on our side.

I'm betting so.

Ouch! Yet so true!... (Below threshold)
tony:

Ouch! Yet so true!

Foster's... Australian for beer.
Mark Steyn... Australian for Drudge.

Great link. I added a track... (Below threshold)

Great link. I added a trackback to a piece I did on my blog. Thanks.

After last week's conferenc... (Below threshold)

After last week's conference in -- South Ossetia? or wherever Putin's dacha is -- with France and Germany, I think that Putin's reaction just lost France and Germany a major ally against the US-led GWOT.

Which may have been where Paul was trending with his observation. Still, it'll be interesting to see how this, combined with the renewed interest in France as the source of some misleading Iraq-related intelligence, will affect both things on the international stage, and the election here at home.

Kerry did respond on the st... (Below threshold)
Dan:

Kerry did respond on the stump to the event. Something like, it's a great tragedy and he's saddened.

Bush did respond on the stump to the event. Something like, it's a great tragedy and he's saddened. And this is why we have to kill the terrorists.

We report. You decide.

Paul, you said: "I'm forced... (Below threshold)

Paul, you said: "I'm forced to wonder if this has happened BEFORE we went into Iraq if he would have been on our side."

In 2002 these same terrorists took hostages in a Moscow theatre, and the resulting seige ended in killing about 130 of the people taken captive. Apparently it takes the deaths of young innocents for Putin to wake up to the fact that there's a war on.

Great of Putin to finally a... (Below threshold)
Skinny Benny:

Great of Putin to finally admit the obvious, however, I still have one question; Isn't Russia STILL helping the mad mullahs get a nuclear power plant online?

What will it take to make Putin realize he is cutting his own throat here?

First let me say that I'm s... (Below threshold)
John M.:

First let me say that I'm surprised this hasn't recieved more coverage. The only thing I've seen/heard are the horrid pictures and quick sound bytes. Even the conservative media was more focused on the RNC after the fact than this event. Honestly the whole thing is heart wrenching.

I am surprised that this has not brought a deeper discussion on terror and the war on terror to the forefront. I am surprised that the only individual (conservative media-ites included) who is really making the connection between this and the war on terror has been Malkin, up until this point. I might be missing something --or oblivious--it happens.

One thing I hope that comes out of this horrid act of cowardice and barbarism is that the EU will wake up and realize that their Humanist philosophy to Diplomacy won't work; that despite their betrayals and hyppocracy; that we are STILL the best freinds they've got.

It's amazing that the minute a European country (despite what western Europe wants to think--Russia is a European Country) gets wealthy their memory of Communism, Fascism and all the evils we ran away from to get to this country seem to fade away; they become so comfortable with their 359 vacation days a year they would rather sell their soul than fight.

I truly hope this event does not lose its' meaning and serves as a wake up call to the rest of the world (the east and west coast included).

By the way I'm new--I'm John from NJ or as I like to refer to it--Planned Parenthood.

National Public Radio's Moi... (Below threshold)

National Public Radio's Moira Liason(sic) said today that "they" are not certain any Arabs were involved in the Russian school massacre. NPR has a high threshold for facts when it comes to terrorism and a very low threshold for facts when the Republicans are involved.

I'm voting for Bush because... (Below threshold)
James:

I'm voting for Bush because I think he's the better leader, but the article is wrong, Bush's plan doesn't go to the root of the problem. Ideas are at the root, and we're a disarmed nation when it comes to actually defending our own heritage much less exporting it. How many Americans even know what actual Capitalism is? Or that it's the basis of the protection of individual rights. Bush certainly has no concept of Capitalism, or how to export it to the Middle East. The root evil is Islam (and its associated Shar'ia), which isn't a peaceful ideology any more than Communism is a peaceful ideology; why are people so afraid to name it for what it is? Take an inventory of global Islam, and the wars & terrorism it inspires everywhere it touches another culture. Islam is in the same state that Christianity was during the Dark Ages, it has to be diluted the same way Christianity was by the Enlightenment. Once you fully separate Mosque & State, things will change. It has been a thousand years since Islam was last peaceful, when it was diluted by reason during the Abassid Dynasty.

I don't think that your his... (Below threshold)
John "Akatsukami" Braue:

I don't think that your historical analogy is apt, James.

Islamic civilization (which I consider one phase in Middle Eastern society, but that's not really relevant) is much older than Western culture...and, like an old man, died a while ago. Islam had its Enlightenment -- Mu'tazilism. The Second Religiousness phase, of which Ash'arism is the example, killed it long ago.

The Middle East now is analogous to the (collapsed) Roman Empire in the late sixth century CE, or the (collapsed) Chinese Empire during the "Sixteen Kingdoms" period -- it's all over but the shouting, ruthless barbarians and the dazed, stunted descendants of civilized men quarreling over potsherds inthe ruins,




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