“Dangerous liaisons: covert ”love affair” between Russia and Hezbollah,” from Michel Elbaz at Axisglobe.com:
Since the tragedy of 9/11, the President of the Russian Federation has never missed an opportunity to remind the Western world that his country was the first one to stage a war against global terrorism. Translated from the “Kremlin language” it meant fighting against the Chechens, who refuse to disarm themselves. Putin is definitely right in claiming that Russia’s battle against them had started much earlier than the 9/11-terror attack took place. Revolt of the nations of North Caucasus opposing foreign occupation dates back to the end of the 18th century, even before Tsarist Russia finished conquering the region. Since then each and every uprising was quelled brutally accompanied by genocide and deportation of the local population. Every new generation of the North Caucasian people tried, in vain, to regain its freedom.
The same repeated itself during the nineties of the previous century. But then, the new players – Islamic extremist organizations from abroad, entered the scene. They decided to transform Chechnya, which managed to gain its independence, into their main bridgehead inside the collapsed Soviet Union. Putin, who rose to power against the background of the infiltration of Islamic militants to Daghestan, used the situation to declare that the Chechen liberation movement is an indivisible part of the global terrorist network. Foreign Islamic elements, which supported Chechnya, were put on the Russian terror list. But there was “not enough room” on this list for the rest of the terrorist organizations, which were not suspected of hostile activity against the Kremlin.
Furthermore, several of them earned Russian sympathy and were “honored” with Moscow’s courting. This was Putin`s revival of the traditional Soviet policy. During the USSR era its leadership used to divide the international terrorists into categories; “freedom fighters” and “radical elements”. The first served Moscow’s geopolitical interests and received its support. The others, acting against the USSR, or declining to accept its sponsorship, were labeled “terrorists”. Today Moscow’s policies and methods are identical.
The pro-Iranian Hezbollah stands out among those who benefit from the Kremlin’s support. Its fighters are guilty of murdering hundreds of American and French citizens in the eighties. During the previous decade its emissaries committed two huge terrorist acts in Argentina, killing almost 120 people. Today Hezbollah`s terrorists are fighting coalition forces in Iraq. Putin`s declarations about “Russia’s uncompromising battle against international terrorism” are taking place simultaneously with the contacts of the Russian Ministry of foreign Affairs with the leaders of Hezbollah. Their emissaries in Russia recruit potential suicide bombers without restraint or opposition on behalf of the local authorities. They purchase arms in the areas of the ex-USSR, which are now under Russian control. Russian ex-military experts train militants of Hezbollah before they infiltrate Iraq.
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