Russia’s Nightmare and the Danger of Abandoning Assad
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  • Rich K

    Considering the raging success of the earlier afghany campaign Im not surprised at this result.Thugs against thugs rarely end up more than just stalemate and a divide of the present spoils avaliable..

  • David R. Graham

    The clerics and scholars are the head of the snake.

  • Abelard Lindsey

    What comes around, goes around. The Soviet Union sponsored all kinds of terrorists and insurgents during the Cold War. Now they are on the receiving end of it.

  • Conrad Chu

    Have you considered the flip-side of the situation? Fighting international terrorism is the one thing the US, China, and Russia could get behind – particularly if it threatens to occur inside or on one’s border.

    Unlike the American way of treating terrorism as a criminal issue, Russia and China treat it as threats to their nation. For someone like Putin who wants to put back together the Soviet Union allowing terrorists to grow on his borders gives him a casus belli to invade neighboring states who can’t deal with the problem and absorb them into the new Russian State. Neither China for America can gainsay their actions in response to terrorism, but, could and would if Russia sought to expand their borders by force.

    It is a long play, but, practically speaking it is the best way Putin has for reassembling the Soviet Union while the west just watches – so let the terrorists come. They’ll face a new Russia which may have learned from past mistakes.

  • gringojay

    Heard Russia’s replacement population rate is low and skewed to favor muslim children. This means the more western identifying Russians are going to be a minority.
    Putin would have to call in Cuban soldiers in order to have enough bodies to throw against the home grown Russian islamists martyrs. Maybe the Syrian govts. do or die stance is supported for being Putin’s experimental adventure to see how best to act in a violent civil strife with islamists.
    For now he’s just considering options to deal with what comes out of those killings of moderate muslims. If Syrian chemical weapons get used on opposition strongholds to
    force the civil war to a close I think Russia will provide international cover for the action(s) – since Putin may one day wish to resort to something similar.

  • RebeccaH

    Welcome to Dar al-Harb, Russia.

  • I’ve always been a big fan of T. Roo’s “Speak softly and carry a big stick” school of diplomacy. It’s just too bad that we abandoned that with James Earl Carter. If you can find out where these people from…go to their whole village and massacre them ALL. Eventually, they’ll get the message. The Soviets did that in the late 1970’s in Lebanon…it’s a something we should consider now.

  • teapartydoc

    In Africa the Hajj trips were subsidized by children. The pilgrim would take one of his kids with him and the kid wouldn’t come back. Sold to an Arab.

  • Mick The Reactionary

    @gringojay:

    “Heard Russia’s replacement population rate is low and skewed to favor muslim children. This means the more western identifying Russians are going to be a minority.”

    It’s too bad the clown from whom you have -heard- that factoid did not tell you when it is going to happen. Is 2095 too early for you?

    On this blog only the master is allowed to ignore hard data and speculate wildly. Commenters could and must do better.

  • Michael Richard Flannery

    Russia’s conscript non-commissioned army is slated to be majority muslim somewhere around 2020. Is that soon enough for you?

    [pointless hostility deleted]

  • Richard Aubrey

    How soon the Third of the Three Conjectures comes along depends in part on the humanity of the nation/national leader in question.

  • Eurydice

    It sounds like something the rest of the world can’t ignore, either. If Russia and its ex-protectorates become hotbeds of extremism, how does that fit into the War On Terror? – dropping troops and lobbing drones won’t be so easy.

  • Sergey

    Most moslems in Russia and former central Asia republics of USSR are not Sunni, they are Sufi. And all official (government approved) moslem clerics are Sufi, too. Sunni Islam of Wahhabi variety is funded from abroad, mostly by KSA, and fuels terrorism everywhere, Russia included. So all underground mosques are lead by extremists trying to subvert official clergy.

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