We Have All Been Here Before

by Daniel Russ on March 31, 2010

Tu-152

“On Monday, suicide bombers struck the Moscow subway killing 38 people and wounding scores of others. The bombers, both women, were purportedly acting on behalf of Islamic breakaway sects in the North Caucasus, including Chechnya.

I find it strikingly odd that relatively few in the press have recalled that a pair of Chechen women are believed to have been the culprits in the simultaneous bombing of two Russian airliners in August 2004.

The two planes crashed within minutes of each other after takeoff from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport. First to go down, near the city of Tula, was a Tupolev Tu-134 in the colors of Volga-Aviaexpress. Moments later, a Sibir Airlines Tupolev Tu-154 fell near Rostov-on-Don, scattering wreckage over a 25-mile circle. Eighty-nine people were killed in the accidents.

It has become something of a tradition for widows of Chechen fighters to carry out suicide attacks. A Chechen field commander took responsibility for organizing the 2004 bombings, claiming the entire operation cost less than $5,000. (Reportedly al-Qaida has been actively recruiting white Chechens, including women, for its own operations.)

And Monday’s attack was actually the third Moscow subway bombing since 2004. The other two attacks, both in 2004, killed 51 people. Few in the media have mentioned this either.

How disturbingly short our memories have become. It seems that we no longer view such incidents in any sort of useful or instructive context, but rather as isolated and unrelated catastrophes that flash into the news cycle for a few days before disappearing forever.”

Source: Salon

PS- 60 years ago half the German Army invaded Russia in a war of annihilation. The Russians did not break or bow. What makes these murders think that a few bombs in subways is going to make any difference in their war?

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Corsair8X April 19, 2010 at 11:23 am

To answer your question somewhat – I’m not sure they expect to. This is all about revenge. Terrible atrocities were comitted in chechnya. They want revenge. They want to give back. They want people to feel pain in their cities as well. That is why they attacked that school in Beslan. They hope to cause as much suffering as possible. Those that are cornered lash out in the most extreme way they can.

The men die on the battlefields and the women die in the population centres. My last statement has multiple meanings.

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