Maybe ABC was playing the dhimmi. On the other hand, I think it’s good for Americans to hear Basayev saying what he is saying. It counters a bit of the “Islam is peace” propaganda that continues to inundate us. From the BBC, :
Russia says it is outraged by an interview with Chechen rebel leader Shamil Basayev broadcast on America’s ABC television network.
The Russian foreign ministry summoned a senior US diplomat in Moscow to express its “strong indignation” over the show….
The interview with Shamil Basayev – recorded at his hideout in Chechnya – was aired on ABC’s Nightline programme on Thursday.
Many children were hurt in a gun battle as the Beslan siege ended….
In the interview, Mr Basayev – speaking through an interpreter – admitted that he was “a bad guy, a bandit”.
“Ok, so I’m a terrorist, but what would you call them (the Russians)?
“If they are the keepers of constitutional order, if they are anti-terrorists then I spit on all these agreements and nice words,” he said.
The warlord accused Russia of killing thousands of Chechen women, children and old people in what he described as “a colonial war”.
When asked if Beslan-style attacks could happen again, he said: “Of course they can. As long as the genocide of the Chechen nation continues… anything can happen.”
The warlord also refused to accept responsibility for the deaths of children killed in Beslan, blaming instead Russian authorities.