[Marxism] Fwd: Putin’s model of success - The Washington Post
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Wed Oct 14 07:23:47 MDT 2015
Western officials who pronounce themselves puzzled about Vladimir
Putin’s intentions in Syria are missing some big clues. There is a clear
model for the campaign Russia is pursuing on behalf of Syrian dictator
Bashar al-Assad, a legacy that is Putin’s pride: Chechnya.
The Muslim republic in the North Caucasus and the decade-long war that
Putin launched there in September 1999 have mostly been forgotten by the
outside world since the dictator installed there by Putin, Ramzan
Kadyrov, consolidated control in the late 2000s. But the Kremlin regards
it as a “good, unique example in history of [the] combat of terrorism,”
as Dmitry Medvedev, Putin’s prime minister, put it. Chechnya, Medvedev
said last year, is “one of the business cards of Russia.”
What are the components of this winning formula? First, define all
opposition to the prevailing regime as terrorist, indistinguishable from
the most extreme jihadists. That enables a fundamental political aim: to
eliminate alternatives. In Syria today, moderate and secular opposition
forces arguably are getting harder to find. That wasn’t the case in
Chechnya in 1999. The country’s nationalist president, Aslan Maskhadov,
had won a democratic election, defeating an Islamist opponent by 59 to
23 percent. His predecessor, Dzhokhar Dudayev, was so secularized that
he was unaware how many times a day Muslims pray.
Russia killed them both, along with every other moderate Chechen leader
it could find, both at home and abroad. One was murdered in Vienna;
another in Dubai. When Western leaders pressed Putin to negotiate with
Maskhadov and other secular moderates, he invariably responded angrily.
“Would you invite Osama bin Laden to the White House . . . and let him
dictate what he wants?” he demanded of one group of Western visitors.
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