Through Georgia which has served as a base for Chechen militants before
This is an excerpt from an article that originally appeared at New Eastern Outlook
Vladimir Putin’s initial rise to power was largely driven by his crushing of an Islamist insurgency in Chechnya.
At this time, the city of Grozny became an internationally-known buzzword for lawless slaughter. Say “Grozny” and everyone assumes that uncontrolled terror is loose once again.
Its historical associations are designed to disguise the similarity of this attack, which has left at least 20 dead, including 10 policemen, with what is happening in Syria and Ukraine, and how the sanctions against the RF are not working as anticipated.
At a cost of only nine terrorists, the West has sent a warning to the Russian Federation.
It is designed to make Putin think, “We can hit you when we want and where we want, so you’d better pull back your support and cave in to the sanctions and wrath of the West.”
The blueprint was published in The Georgian Times, based in Tbilisi, on April 29, 2013. The article was entitled Shared Interests in the War on Terror: from Beslin to Boston. In it, Hyman Kamenowsky laid bare the nexus between Chechens and “terrorists”, and how this has been manufactured in events such as the Boston Bombing.
Assuming this idea has been swallowed, despite the backlash which has since emerged to the shoddily concocted case against the unarmed and uninvolved Tsarnaev brothers in Boston (when did you last see crucial evidence filmed by a news cameraman wearing sunglasses as he operated his camera?) the compliant mainstream media has pushed a follow-up agenda since.
The standard narrative is that Chechen fighters in Syria have been threatening to retaliate against Putin for his full support of Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, so this must be behind this attack. The trouble is, the quoted threats have come from Chechens who have roots in, and connections with, Georgia.
The Pankisi Gorge in Georgia has long been a US-run terrorist training camp, in which a previously negligible Chechen population was greatly boosted by a number of relatively wealthy compatriots who suddenly wanted to settle in this remote valley. They were armed under the US Train and Equip Program and money siphoned off from various NGOs.
We know this because the Georgian Army, the supposed customer, never saw this training and equipment, but Chechen operatives suddenly emerged from the valley to fight in every conflict the US was interested in. They fought the US way, for the just cause, or so say the US Defense Fellows and professors from George Washington and other universities wrote the manuals they used.
Chechens might be presumed to have broader interests – for example, defending their Moslem Circassian brothers, who never cease highlighting historic grievances and demanding justice for them by whatever means. But the US isn’t interested in those disputes, so no armed Chechens appear to take up that cause.
The Georgian Times was running investigative stories about these terrorist links 14 years ago. Some of the US-supported Chechen rebels identified in these were subsequently responsible for carrying out the deadly Beslan school massacre and the Moscow theatre siege.
The US has had strong strategic links with Georgia since it hijacked its independence in 1992. It can’t claim not to have known of these links when it monitors the Georgian press daily, and made sure that Georgian Times owner Malkhaz Gulashvili was imprisoned for non-existent crimes, (i.e., they are not listed as offences in the Criminal Code of Georgia or any other country), when his criticism of US golden boy Mikheil Saakashvili became too blatant.