US Aids Russian crimes in the Caucasus


Jan Slakov

Subject: U.S. Aids Russia's Crimes In The Caucasus
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 09:29:24 -0400
From: The Wisdom Fund <•••@••.•••>

U.S. Aids Russia's Crimes In The Caucasus
by Eric Margolis

... Once again, unbeknownst to most Americans, their government was 
supporting one of the worst human rights violations of this decade.

... Clinton ordered the Pentagon to rush Moscow state of the art 
night-vision and communications equipment for Russian helicopters being 
used against insurgents in the Caucasus. In 1996, Clinton reportedly 
ordered CIA to supply Moscow top-secret electronic targeting devices that 
allowed the Russians to assassinate Chechen president, Dzhokar Dudayev, 
while he was conducting peace negotiations with Moscow on his cell phone.

     full story at

[Eric Margolis is a syndicated foreign affairs columnist and broadcaster 
based in Toronto, Canada.]

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     America's Disgraceful Silence Over Chechnya
          by Enver Masud                      September 28, 1999

          WASHINGTON, D.C. -- America's silence over Russia's
          indiscriminate bombing of Chechnya, even as
          "peacekeepers" undertake their "humanitarian
          intervention" in East Timor, is a disgrace.

          "Russian jets pounded dozens of Chechen targets
          yesterday," reports The Times of London, as a swelling
          flood of refugees headed for a border that Russia is
          fortifying as if for war. Two big oil refineries, three
          bridges and a half-built television centre in Grozny
          were destroyed in the fifth consecutive day of bombing."
          Experts say that Moscow may be hoping to fight a
          sophisticated air war modelled on NATO's Kosovo

          BBC News is reporting a "humanitarian catastrophe in
          Chechnya" where 30,000-100,000 Chechens have fled into
          the neighboring southern Russian republic of Ingushetia.

          Following a recent spate of bombings in Russian cities,
          which killed 300 people, Russian police have arrested
          more than 100 people, while thousands who look like
          Chechens have been interrogated. Chechen officials deny
          that they are behind the killings.

          The Chechens have endured 250 years of savage Russian
          colonial rule. Peter Daniel DiPaola, in A Noble
          Sacrifice? Jus ad Bellum and the International
          Community's Gamble in Chechnya, writes that the Chechens
          are a subjugated people. They have fought continual wars
          of independence against the Russians. The way the
          Russians treat the Chechens illustrates that the
          government does not represent them, and the Chechen
          people have been the victims of widespread job and
          educational discrimination.

          In their 1994-96 war for independence, says Aleksander
          I. Lebed, the former Russian security chief, "about
          80,000 people had been killed in the fighting and that
          some 240,000 had been wounded."

          President Clinton supported Russia's 1994-96 war in
          Chechnya. He personally pushed a new, $10.2 billion loan
          for Yeltsin through the International Monetary Fund
          saying that he backed Russia's need to "maintain its
          territorial integrity." He had no such qualms regarding
          Indonesia's integrity when he threatened to delay a $42
          billion IMF loan package to get Indonesia to agree to
          the Australia led UN occupation of East Timor.

          Neither the Chechen freedom fighters, nor their support
          of neighboring Dagestan's quest for independence from
          Russia gets any encouragement from the West. There is no
          talk of witholding IMF loans. The U.S. has offered
          Russia "technical and investigative assistance" in its
          investigation of the explosions reports the Associated
          Press. But the U.S. offer of help in shutting down
          Dagestani web sites is hardly in keeping with America's
          professed ideal of free speech.

          According to David Hoffman of the Washington Post,
          political commentator Andrei Piontkovsky says that
          Russia will bomb "Chechnya into the Stone Age.
          Unfortunately, I am sure this is the thing they are
          certain to do now. The Chechens will react with more
          bombs. Moscow will react with pogroms against people
          from the Caucasus."

          Reports Eric Margolis of the Toronto Sun, the respected
          Georgian writer, Melor Sturua, a columnist for the
          leading Russian newspaper Izvestia, wrote of America's
          disgraceful silence over Chechnya: "I remember a time
          when the arrest of even one Soviet dissident would
          create a storm of indignation here (in the US). Soviet
          embassies were picketed, Soviet goods boycotted, Soviet
          crimes were condemned." Congress imposed trade sanctions
          on the USSR to force it to allow Jewish emigration to

          Unfortunately the Chechens do not have anything like the
          Israeli lobby to advance their cause, and Chechnya just
          happens to be a gateway to the Central Asian oil coveted
          by Russia and the U.S.

          [Enver Masud visited Russia several times in the
          early-1990's as a consultant for the U.S. Agency for
          International Development. He is founder of The Wisdom

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