Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Chechen Republic of Ichkeria loses one

When the second Russian-Chechen war started, I hoped that the Independent Chechen Republic would survive. I criticised the Sunni scholars of Chechnya for rallying against Khattab's "Wahhabism" while working for Putin and his cronies in the Kremlin. I argued for the Chechen cause, even at the cost of being looked on as an extremist by my non-Muslim friends.

All that has changed. Pres. Maskhadov should publicly censure Khattab and other generals who were involved, strip them of their military designations and citizenship, and schedule court martial proceedings for war crimes if and when Russia withdraws. The excuse that their services are needed is futile. He's not getting independence this way. And the Chechen Republic has lost well meaning friends in the east and west. We do not want a Muslim Israel. I do not want a Muslim Israel. This just won't do, you don't go and storm schools, and expect the world to listen to you. This is a sad day for the Chechen people.

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