Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Gunboat Diplomacy
I've been following the Chechnya situation ever since I read the amazing book by herione reporter Anna Politkovskaya. Anyhow, Aslan Maskhadov, one of the guerrilla commanders has been killed by the Russians. The Sun, being simplistic bleats out, 'Army kill Beslan Butcher' but there are more sober examinations if this event and what it means from the Toronto Star:

The death of Aslan Maskhadov, Chechnya's onetime president and chief guerrilla commander, will be hailed in Moscow as a victory for the demoralized Russian military. But those who have closely watched the tiny mountainous republic's slide into chaos and despair view it as a defeat for any hope of a peace process to end a decade of bloodshed that has taken tens of thousands of Chechen and Russian lives.

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