Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Yglesias on Chechnya

Agreeing with Matt Yglesias twice in one week is a novelty but his post Chechnya and Al-Qaeda is very good:
One assumes that, were Chechnya to gain its independence or autonomy, that the vast majority of Chechens would have no interest in fighting a broader conflict. And yet, the jihadis would still be there, and unless the independent/autonomous Chechen state were to demonstrate both the capacity and determination to root them out, the resulting situation would be very dangerous indeed. During the mid-nineties period of de facto Chechen independence, neither capacity nor determination was demonstrated. It is, as I've said before, an extremely thorny situation. Russia already reduced Grozny to rubble. Then they did it again. It's hard to see how levelling it a third time will resolve things. But Russia also already tried giving Chechnya de facto independence and that didn't work either.

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