Russian President Vladimir Putin knows who the terrorists want to see defeated.
“Any unbiased observer understands that attacks of international terrorist organizations in Iraq, especially nowadays, are targeted not only and not so much against the international coalition as against President Bush,” Putin said.
“International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term.
“If they succeed in doing that, they will celebrate a victory over America and over the entire anti-terror coalition,” Putin said.
“In that case, this would give an additional impulse to international terrorists and to their activities, and could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world.”Ever the pragmatist, he notes that, “we respect any choice the American people will make.”