Holder and his constitutional-scholar boss are not banging the civil-rights drum because they believe these are prosecutable cases. It is just a pretext for unleashing Justice Department community organizers on state and municipal police departments.
...have the feds come in and hamstring police with “social justice” guidelines...
Federalizing the local police departments so that they are, in effect, operated by the federal government in the name of helping to right perceived or actual wrongs (the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and others).
The lemmings out there protesting (in some cases, rioting and looting) are falling right into line with this agenda.They think that Ronald Reagan was the worst President ever, I'm sure, so the wisdom of these words mean nothing to them:
“He is noble, pure and modest - an angel; the hero among heroes and a leader”
Mother of Marwan Al-Qawasmi at his funeral. Who is Marwan Al-Qawasmi?
One of the 2 hatchet murderers who killed jews while praying their synagogue inside 1948, Israeli, west Jersualem. File under: THANKS FOR TELLING US ABOUT YOUR CULTURE
Above- Public reaction in the West Bank Reminders, and these are the CASE as well, not the exception.
Samir Quntar, welcomed back as a hero, as well
On April 22, 1979, at the age of 16, he participated in the attempted kidnapping of an Israeli family in Nahariya that
resulted in the deaths of four Israelis and two of his fellow
kidnappers. Kuntar and his team broke into an apartment building and
kidnapped a father, 31-year-old Danny Haran, and his 4-year-old
daughter, Einat, taking them to a nearby beach and killing them-when
Kuntar’s group found that the rubber boat they had arrived in was
disabled by gunfire, Kuntar shot Danny at close range in the back, in
front of his daughter, and drowned him in the sea to ensure he was dead.
Next, he smashed the head of 4 year-old Einat on beach rocks and
crushed her skull with the butt of his rifle. Smadar Haran (the mother)
accidentally suffocated Yael (their baby) to death while attempting to
quiet her whimpering, which would have revealed their hiding place,from where she saw Danny and Einat being led away at gunpoint by Kuntar.
There are no dykes in Afghanistan, and that’s reason enough to move there.
Chicks are ruining the West. Over here in this neck of the world, a sloppy Goddess Goulash stinks up the skies…while the Middle East, with its well-endowed macho God, starts to smell like paradise.
Wherefore art thou going, O wayward Western woman?
The Western woman has become defiled.
The Western woman has lost her soul amid the godless quest for mammon.
The Western woman has gotten all uppity and stuff, always ordering the most expensive desserts when you take her out to dinner.
The Western woman does not realize that there is no higher satisfaction for a woman than to please Allah.
Here in the land of the Great Satan, we extol feminine character traits, and yet we still expect to win a war against our unflinchingly butch enemy.
The man who falls prey to feminine wiles is no man at all. Those Muslims know that once you surrender your mighty natural-born male-warrior spirit to female charms, you become a pathetic, undignified cuckold. You become an unmanly lad. What’s worse, you incur the wrath of Allah, who’s really hard to deal with when he’s pissed.
Women have desires that have to be fully suppressed lest they lure the righteous believer into the pits of hell. Whorish immorality is the natural female state. Observe how the four-year-old girl rubs her crotch up against the coffee table while you have guests over, and you’ll agree with my premise here. Once a woman realizes she is capable of sexual pleasure, she becomes vexatious and troublesome to the righteous man. You get her started, and a few weeks later she’s gobblin’ chubby strangers’ cocks in piss-encrusted truck-stop bathrooms, and that’s not cool. That’s not cool at all.
Unlike the vaguely faggy virgin Jesus, the Prophet Muhammad was a stud-muffin. Hung like Allah, too, I’ll bet.
Here was a religious leader with a robust enjoyment of carnal delights. He liked ‘em young and tight. He liked ‘em old and loose. He liked ‘em, period. But he didn’t like ‘em if they had their period, ‘coz that’s disgusting. While the homo Christ chose to laze around with twelve other males, Muhammad plowed through at least a dozen wives, plus scads of hot, horny slave chicks. He married a six-year-old girl when he was 51. He died at 62 on the lap of a 17-year-old bride. A true pimp daddy, Muhammad was. The Original Gangsta.
And his followers were nearly as burly as the Prophet himself. His cousin Ali wisely stated that “The entire woman is evil….Men, never ever obey your women….They complain of being oppressed when in fact it is they who oppress.” Omar, Islam’s second caliph, counseled Muslim guys to “Adopt positions opposite those of women. There is great merit in such opposition.” Indeed, these were men of great wisdom and holiness. Righteous bro’s. Ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none!
And I want some. I want some sultry Saudi sirens. Some cock-hungry Kuwaiti cuties. A classy Pakistani lassie with a sassy chassis.
The Muslim girl oozes mystery. She teases, tempts, and tantalizes. She keeps her mouth shut, too, or they’ll cut off her tongue. All that repression is simply irresistible to me. Her delicious subservience. The way she does what she’s told. The way she understands that all these rules are for her own good. Think of all the repression which has been crammed into her swarthy body. Think of all that coiled libidinal energy, a hundred times more pent-up than in the most guilt-stricken Catholic girl. Think of how fun it would be to fuck all that repression out of her.
Suddenly I’m transported to a harem tent filled with big fluffy pillows, hash-filled hookahs, and totally hot chicks in silk costumes who wanna blow me. A summery breeze floats in from the oil fields. The smell of cocoa butter and fig newtons intoxicates my nostrils. A big, sopping, matted, goat-herd shrub waits nestled between her legs.
She’s wrapped up like a mummy, peeking out from the slit in her burqa. I watch lustfully as it takes her four hours to get all those clothes off. I sniff her Islamic vagina. Tweak her Quranic nipples. Poke my finger inside her Middle Eastern anus. Go on a Crusade ‘tween her legs. Invade the Holy Land. A hummus-like paste forms between her thighs. When I finally insert my falafel, she shrieks with delight.
Happy Arabian boners pop across the Middle East. Millions of brown, hairy nutsacks tighten in unison. Proud Muslim girls hoist their lovers’ cocks like AK-47s. Muslim women … YES! … Muslim women …NOW!… Muslim women … GROOVY! … Muslim women … FUNKY FRESH!
I want to take her home and tell her to do things. Vacuum that carpet, Muslim girl! Fetch me a hoagie and some cold lemonade, thou handmaiden of the One True Prophet! Keep your olive-colored bazooms tightly under wraps, Muslim girl. Stay in the house, Muslim girl. Stay ignorant. Stay preggers. Stay down. Down, girl, down!
The word “Islam” translates literally as “submission.” God wants us to keep the wimmens down with head scarves and clitoridectomies and ceaseless beatings. Shred and sew up their genitals in order to contain their relentless, meandering lust. Righteous men nod approvingly as Revolutionary Guardsmen disfigure the faces of women who’ve worn makeup. Wives suspected of immorality are doused with gasoline and torched to a crisp. Thousands of randy Muslim bucks cheer and laugh as sin-stained women are herded into stadiums for public floggings.
Islam offers several advantages for the believing man’s enjoyment, almost all of them sexual. On Earth, a Muslim man can marry up to four wives at once. In heaven, he is greeted with a minimum of seventy-two submissive virgins poised to please him eternally … seventy-two Muslim broads who never break a sweat, never age, never get their periods, and never tell you to take out the trash. In paradise, a man is given the sex drive of a hundred men. It’s like Islamic Viagra! Lo! My Penis is ever High, Exalted, Great.
The Holy Quran advises us: “Men, your wives are your tillage. Go into your tillage any way you want.” I think that means the Hershey Highway is OK with God. If you were so inclined, you could probably get away with the Dirty Sanchez and the Dutch Oven, too.
The more I hear about Islam, the more I like it. Islam is such a cool, violent, sexy religion! Islam rocks! Those Islams is good people. Those Muslims know how to keep their bitches in line!
And I ask the nonbelievers … what’s so wrong with all of that? And I wonder … are we really on the right side in this war? It is a war of gender philosophies that we’re fighting, and we may be on the wrong side, dudes. The Western man would be wise to take a second look at Islam, if only for the chicks.
Would you be willing to trade some of our cherished freedoms for the right to enslave and abuse women? When one ponders all the sexy perks offered to Muslim men, it becomes obvious why they’re willing to die for their faith.
The attack on the Twin Towers was intrinsically phallic in its symbolism. Woe unto the emasculated Western Man, mocked by his women as he drools and begs for sex. Woe unto the West, where women dominate and the culture falls apart. The West will fall because it is pussy-whipped. We may have the money and the technology, but we just don’t have the starch in our shorts anymore.
However the winds blow, the war on terrorism will be a good thing for the American male. If we win the war, we get their women. If we lose the war, we get to treat our women like they treat their women. Who’s to complain?
Soon after Barack Obama’s November 20th amnesty announcement, I was having an e-discussion about it with a friend, a legal scholar. The precise topic of the discussion was the Los Angeles Times op-ed on citizenship by Peter Schuck, a different legal scholar.
Prof. Schuck mentions “birthright citizenship.” Should the U.S.-born children of illegal aliens be granted citizenship?
The 14th Amendment doesn’t directly address their status (there was no illegal immigration in 1868). Nor has the court ever squarely held that such children are birthright citizens, although this is the common practice …
Many Americans believe that granting these children citizenship defies consensualism because the parents are here in violation of laws passed by our representatives. Nonetheless, legislation to change the situation never gets very far, probably because doing so would raise complications in a nation of immigrants with so many mixed-status families.
I registered my impression that Prof. Schuck’s piece was lackluster (he favors amnesty) and didn’t address the main issue with birthright citizenship, viz.: What’s in it for us other American citizens?
Replied my friend:
I think that withdrawing birthright citizenship from the children of illegals would be a good move, and highly appropriate. I don’t see why we couldn’t do it going forward. But of course we won’t, because we can’t do anything.
It was that closing phrase that stuck in my mind. We can’t do anything. It’s so damn true.
A few days later I was watching a video clip of looters trashing a convenience store in Ferguson, Missouri following the November 24th grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting.
The looters were described as “protesters” by Sean Hannity’s voice-over, but that seems to me a bit unfair. There were genuine protesters out there in the streets that night, genuinely indignant about the decision. Personally I think they’re deluded; but they have a right to their stupid opinion, and a right to peacefully protest. Many of them, perhaps a majority, were not looting.
If we are to keep our civic freedoms, the public authorities should be able to perform one of their proper functions, permitting peaceful protest, without abandoning another one, the safeguarding of citizens’ property against mobs and those who incite them. Do we not know how to do this? We have a couple of centuries’ experience of law enforcement. It’s taught to postgraduate level in our colleges. How hard can it be? Yet we can’t do it. We can’t do anything.
Those images of looters were still in my mind on the 29th when my copy of The Economist arrived. It contained a melancholy article about the condition of Afghanistan as the NATO intervention ends.
With its promises of prosperity and gender equality, the reconstruction effort always appeared in pursuit of the unattainable … Output is expected to grow by 1.5 percent this year, less than the population … Even NATO analysts, who are considered optimistic, admit the Taliban have never been stronger … In the absence of a functioning state, illegal drugs, timber, and other rackets have flourished under a Jihadist-themed cover.
So the 13 years of Western intervention were all a waste of time, then. Also of money (“estimated at a trillion dollars, or $30,000 for every Afghan”) and lives (3,481 coalition fatalities). We passed over Afghanistan like a shadow, hardly leaving a footprint. When we are gone, all will be as it was before.
Why was defeating the Taliban not possible?
Their leadership is headquartered in Pakistan, which makes them unconquerable.
Because, I guess, Pakistan is such a formidable military and economic power, it would be foolish for the combined forces of the entire Western world to engage them.
It seems to me there was nothing there that couldn’t have been taken care of by a handful of well-placed thermonuclear bombs, but of course we can’t do that. We can’t do anything.
“If youth only knew: if age only could,” say the French. Darn right. When you’re young you’ll tackle anything. Every experience is a first fine careless rapture. With age comes hesitation, then passivity, then incapacity.
A seasoned soldier once told me that men older than 35 are no good for combat because “they think too much.” Order an 18-year-old to charge an enemy machine-gun nest and off he goes at a run, whooping and hollering and firing from the hip. Ask a 38-year-old to do that, he thinks about it and says: “Whoa, wait a minute …”
By that standard the U.S.A. is an old country, old and impotent. We can’t do anything. Speaking of erections: the Empire State Building went up in a year and a half; Freedom Tower, with the advantage of a lifetime’s progress in construction technology, took ten years.
This contradicts the popular conceit of ourselves as a newish nation, full of youthful pep. In fact, as I point out in Chapter 3 of We Are Doomed, politically speaking the U.S.A. is a geezer among nations, one of the oldest.
Senile decline has come upon us fast, I’ll allow. A mere half-century ago we could still do things—at any rate, technological things like moon landings. Nowadays we Twitter and Tweet, swoon at disagreeable realities, and vest our pride not in heroic national accomplishments but in being “gay” or “Latina” or “undocumented.”
Some 20th-century wit—probably Mencken—observed that the U.S.A. has been the first nation in history to go from barbarism to decadence without passing through an intermediate stage of civilization. I don’t know about that. The U.S.A. of 1950—or even, allowing for a few rough edges, of 1850—looks pretty civilized in retrospect.
“Decadence” is surely the right word for our current condition, though. Whatever we once were, we no longer are. Whatever vigor we once had now hangs limp and useless.
I am dreaming of a U.S.A. that can do things: deport illegals, shoot looters, win wars. It’s pure nostalgia, of course. We can’t do stuff like that today. We can’t do anything.
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Islamic State terrorists are now claiming on social media that they have a "dirty bomb" in their possession. ISIS-affiliated users initially professed the information on Twitter, and added they had stolen 40 kg of Uranium from Mosul University after the city was overtaken by the jihadis in June.
UK’s Mirror reported that an ISIS supporter revealed the terror group had already weaponized the Uranium and turned it into a "dirty bomb."
“O by the way Islamic State does have a Dirty bomb. We found Radioactive [sic] material from Mosul university,” said the tweet by Islamic State militant who called himself Muslim al-Britani. “We’ll find out what dirty bombs are and what they do. We’ll also discuss what might happen if one actually went off in a public area.”
He added, threateningly, “This sort of bomb would be terribly destructive if went off in LONDON becuz it would be more of a disruptive than a destructive weapon.”
The man responsible for the Twitter post reportedly fled Britain in 2012 after posting bail on terrorism charges. He is believed to be in Syria fighting for the Islamic State.
Iraq’s UN Ambassador said in July that the nuclear material had been stolen from the Mosul University, which led UN Sec-General Ban Ki-moon to warn the substances “can be used in manufacturing weapons of mass destruction.
"These nuclear materials, despite the limited amounts mentioned, can enable terrorist groups, with the availability of the required expertise, to use it separate or in combination with other materials in its terrorist acts," said Mohamed Ali Alhakim, the UN’s Ambassador to Iraq.
"Every single Arab state bordering Israel has a name taken from the Hebrew Bible. Start on Israel’s north with Lebanon and Syria – neighboring countries named for adjacent mountains, Levanon and Siryon.Levanon is derived from the Hebrew word lavan, meaning white, alluding to the snow cover of the Lebanese range. Siryon is identified in Scripture as the alternate name for Mount Hermon, the majestic peak straddling the present Israel-Syria border. Though the Syria-Siryon origin has been debated, historian Daniel Pipes states unequivocally in his 1990 book Greater Syria that the name Syria was derived from Siryon. Around the bend, Israel’s current eastern boundary is formed by the River Jordan, which gave its name to the kingdom on its eastern bank. Jordan is the English rendition of Yarden, meaning “descends from Dan” – in today’s southeastern Lebanon the river flows down from the hills of what was once the territory of the Israelite tribe of Dan. To the south lies Egypt – known in Arabic as Mizr. Well, that isn’t originally Arabic either – it’s derived from Mitzrayim, which appears 291 times in the first five books of the Hebrew Bible."
"Smart power includes showing respect, even for one’s enemies”
Hillary Clinton yesterday, demonstrating why she was unqualified to be a Senator OR SecState, let alone president, and making clear WHY her husband didn’t MISS OBL with 4 shots at him, he didn’t TAKE them (thanks also John Brennan current CIA director for talking him out of that)..
I have something for them from a couple of guys who understood enemies and how to ‘respect’ them.
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If you are going to win a war, especially against those motivated by a personal responsibility to their god to kill YOU only one thing counts.
The world is changing and becoming even more dangerous — in a way we've seen before.
In the decade before World War I, the near-100-year European peace that followed the fall of Napoleon was taken for granted. Yet it abruptly imploded in 1914.
Prior little wars in the Balkans had seemed to predict a much larger one on the horizon — and were ignored.
The exhausted Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires were spent forces unable to control nationalist movements in their provinces. The British Empire was fading.
Imperial Germany was rising. Czarist Russia was beset with revolutionary rebellion. As power shifted, decline for some nations seemed like opportunity for others.
The same was true in 1939. The tragedy of the Versailles Treaty of 1919 was not that it had been too harsh.
In fact, it was far milder than the terms Germany had imposed on a defeated Russia in 1918 or the requirements it had planned for France in 1914.
Instead, Versailles combined the worst of both worlds: harsh language without any means of enforcement.
The subsequent appeasement of Britain and France, the isolationism of the U.S. and the collaboration of the Soviet Union with Nazi Germany green-lighted Hitler's aggression — and another world war.
We are entering a similarly dangerous interlude. Collapsing oil prices — a good thing for most of the world — will make troublemakers like oil-exporting Iran and Russia take even more risks. Terrorist groups such as the Islamic State feel that conventional military power has no effect on their agendas.
The West is seen as a tired culture of Black Friday shoppers and maxed-out credit card holders.
NATO is underfunded and without strong American leadership. It can only hope that Vladimir Putin does not invade a NATO country like Estonia, rather than prepare for the likelihood that he will, and soon.
The U.S. has slashed its defense budget to historic lows. It sends the message abroad that friendship with America brings few rewards, while hostility toward the U.S. has even fewer consequences.
The bedrock American relationships with staunch allies such as Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan and Israel are fading. Instead, we court new belligerents that don't like the U.S., such as Turkey and Iran.
No one has any idea how to convince a rising China that its turn toward military aggression will only end in disaster, in much the same fashion that a confident westernizing Imperial Japan overreached in World War II. Lecturing loudly and self-righteously while carrying a tiny stick did not work with Japanese warlords of the 1930s. It won't work with the communist Chinese either.
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The Obama administration is refusing to discuss reports that emerged early Thursday claiming that the White House is considering imposing sanctions on Israel for continuing construction on Jewish homes in Jerusalem.
State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dodged several questions on Thursday when confronted with reports that the administration had held secret internal meetings to discuss taking action against Israel for its ongoing building in East Jerusalem.
The classified meetings were reportedly held several weeks ago and included officials from both the State Department and White House, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz, which first reported on the meetings.
The possibility of sanctioning Israel for its ongoing construction sends a signal that the Obama administration is willing to go further in its denunciations of Israel then any previous White House.
At the same time, the White House is vigorously pushing Congress against passing new sanctions on Iran.
Hours before Russian President Putin’s annual address to the nation, the Chechen capital saw the worst combat in years.
MOSCOW — The capital of Chechnya, Grozny, seemed to blow up around 1:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. News about hundreds of insurgents occupying schools, kindergartens and other state buildings and killing traffic policemen on the way into the city appeared on social networks and was passed from mouth to mouth. Artillery fire could be heard in Avtozavodsky district, on Chernyshevskogo and Putin avenues in downtown Grozny.
Inevitably, some of this may have been exaggerated in social media. But there is no question that a new battle has begun in an old war that Moscow—and many in Grozny—had hoped was over. Analysts also are raising the possibility that the so-called Islamic State, widely known as ISIS or ISIL, may have, at a minimum, ideological links to the attackers.
The editor-in-chief of the Caucasian Knot Internet site, Gregory Shvedov, told The Daily Beast on Thursday that the assault on Grozny was one more episode in series of terrorist incidents in Chechnya this year: “The underground intends to demonstrate that the existing security system is not effective,” Shvedov said. “We reported a split in the ‘Caucasus Emirate’ with some insurgents joining ISIS.” But it is not clear if the latest action is at the hands of that faction or another. “There is still a question who really was behind the current attacks,” said Shvedov.
“Dogs die a dog’s death! Not a single bandit will be able to escape!”
Early this morning, Moscow’s key leader in Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, posted an Instagram photograph of a corpse. In the caption Kadyrov said that an anti-terror special operation was coming to the end and that six insurgents were killed at Dom Pechati, a government building in the city center: “Dogs die a dog’s death! Not a single bandit will be able to escape! I personally command this operation.” Kadyrov also asked locals not to leave their homes. Later in an Echo of Moscow interview Kadyrov said that the operation would be over in 20 minutes.
Hours passed, but the fighting continued. By noon, Russian officials reported four dead and dozens wounded. Dom Pechati looked burned out after the night of fighting. “I hear constant mortar, gun shots—this is the first such huge scale insurgency attack on Grozny since August 6, 1996,” Milana Mazayeva, on the scene, told The Daily Beast.
The attack came few hours before president Vladimir Putin was due to deliver his annual speech to the Federation Council, and the terrorists released their own video “Mujahideen address about the fighting in Jokhar” (the Islamist name for Chechnya). On it a young beardless man speaks Chechen and Arabic with a soft accent. He says that Amir Khamzat ordered “mujahideen of the Caucus Emirate ” to enter Grozny and that it was a “vendetta act” in response to non-believers humiliating Muslim women. Kadyrov had promised to detain Muslim women wearing veils that cover their faces.
“This is a shahid [martyrdom] operation and we are going to fight until we die,” the man in the video said. “We already have results: we destroyed many vehicles, military convoys, seized many trophies.”
--------------------- Yahoo: Islamic militants attack Chechen capital; 20 dead
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Police waged hours-long gunbattles with Islamic militants who attacked Chechnya's capital Thursday, leaving at least 20 people dead and underscoring Russia's vulnerability just as President Vladimir Putin used patriotic and religious imagery in his state-of-the-nation address to defend his standoff with the West.
The clashes in Grozny, the city's biggest in years, dented a carefully nurtured image of stability created by Chechnya's Kremlin-backed strongman after two separatist conflicts. The new violence raised fears of more attacks in Chechnya and widening unrest in the rest of Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.
The Kavkaz Center website, a mouthpiece for Islamic militant groups operating in the North Caucasus, carried a link to a video message by an individual claiming responsibility for the attack. The man in the video said he was operating on orders from Emir Khamzat, reportedly a nom de guerre of Chechen warlord Aslan Byutukayev. The claim could not immediately be verified.
The insurgents in Chechnya and other Caucasus regions want to create an independent state governed by their strict interpretation of Islamic law. Some Caucasus militants have traveled to Syria and Iraq to join up with the Islamic State group. IS has vowed to launch attacks in Russia, but there have been no indications to date that it has followed through.
The fighting in Grozny began about 1 a.m., when roughly 10 gunmen riding in three cars fired on traffic police who had stopped them for a check, killing three officers. Some of the militants then holed up in a nearby office building and exchanged gunfire with police who quickly cordoned the area.
The battle left the 10-story Press House, which housed local media offices, gutted by a blazing fire that also spread to a nearby street market. Some gunmen fled to an empty school nearby. It took police more than 12 hours to kill 10 militants, according to Russian authorities, who also reported that 10 officers were killed and 28 wounded.
Russian state television showed video footage of police officers firing automatic weapons and grenade launchers at the three-story school, its windows left shattered and charred.
A man looks into a burnt-out car near the Press House building, a local media agency, in the Chechen …
The gunbattles were still raging when Putin began delivering his address in an ornate Kremlin hall, and the Russian leader sought to cast the violence as a legacy of what he described as foreign support for Chechnya-based insurgents in the past.
"We remember high-level receptions for terrorists dubbed as fighters for freedom and democracy," he said.
While Putin stopped short of directly blaming the West, his statement clearly referred to Western criticism of heavy-handed Russian tactics during two separatist wars in the region.
Without naming any specific countries, Putin claimed that separatist rebels had received "information, political and financial support" and even assistance from unspecified foreign special services, adding that some foreign powers "would gladly let Russia follow the Yugoslav scenario of disintegration and dismemberment."
Putin has used such rhetoric more frequently since the Ukrainian crisis, which strained Russia-West ties to a degree unseen since the height of the Cold War.
In his hour-long speech before a fawning crowd of senior officials and lawmakers, Putin accused the West of provoking the Ukrainian crisis to contain and weaken Russia. He described the standoff as a battle for Russia's survival.
Firefighters examine burned-out market pavilions in central Grozny, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. …
"If for some European countries national pride is a long-forgotten concept and sovereignty is too much of a luxury, true sovereignty for Russia is absolutely necessary for survival," he said.
Putin defended the annexation of Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula of Crimea as a move to protect Russia's spiritual roots, noting that Prince Vladimir, who converted the Kievan Rus to Christianity, was baptized in Crimea. He argued that Crimea has "sacral importance for Russia, like the Temple Mount in Jerusalem for the followers of Islam and Judaism."
On a defiant note, Putin warned that Moscow will not stand down in an argument with the "hypocritical" West, which he said hurt itself with anti-Russian sanctions. "It's pointless to talk to Russia from a position of force," he said.
Shortly after his speech, he met with Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, to praise him for quickly defeating the attackers.
In a message Thursday on his Instagram account, which Kadyrov uses to issue public statements, he posted a picture showing the lower half of an apparently dead gunman lying beside a sniper rifle. It was not immediately clear, however, whether the image was indeed that of an attacker.
"Not one bandit managed to get out," Kadyrov boasted.
Kadyrov has used generous Kremlin subsidies to rebuild Chechnya after two separatist wars and has relied on his feared security force of former rebels like himself to stabilize the province. International human rights groups have accused the Chechen strongman of rampant abuses, including arbitrary arrest, torture and extrajudicial killings. Kadyrov also has imposed some Islamic restrictions on Chechnya, including mandatory headscarves for women in public.
Militant attacks in Chechnya have become rare, and Thursday's fighting marked the worst bloodshed since 2010, when a group of gunmen raided the provincial legislature in Grozny, killing seven people and wounding 17 others. In October, a suicide attack outside a Grozny concert hall killed five policemen and wounded 12 others as the city celebrated Kadyrov's birthday.
The insurgency in Chechnya began as a secular separatist movement amid the Soviet collapse, and in 1994 Russia sent its military to end the mutiny. Rebels fought the Russian force to a standstill, but a second war in 1999 erupted when rebels invaded a neighboring Russian province and Moscow sent the army back in.
A military crackdown succeeded by years of brutal rule by Kadyrov has quietened Chechnya, but an insurgency dominated by Muslim extremists has spread across neighboring provinces.
Rebel gunmen have shot their way into
the heavily fortified Chechen capital, Grozny, in a night-time attack which left
as many as 16 people dead.
Arriving at 01:00 (22:00 GMT Wednesday) in cars, they fired on a traffic
police checkpoint before attacking a media building and a school.
An Islamist group said it had launched a suicide attack to avenge attacks by
security forces on Muslim women.
Chechnya's Moscow-backed president said the situation was under control.
Ramzan Kadyrov said none of the attackers had escaped.
The controversial Chechen strongman has suppressed rebel activity in Chechnya
since Russia ousted the separatist government there at the beginning of the
A man looks up at the burnt publishing house in
The attack was a rare breach of the heavy security which surrounds
Russian President Vladimir Putin said from Moscow he was confident Chechen
security forces could handle the militants by themselves.
This is the most serious violence in Grozny for some time and will be another
worry for President Putin, amid a serious downturn in the Russian economy, the
BBC's Sarah Rainsford reports from Moscow.
Mr Putin prides himself on bringing stability to Chechnya after two bloody,
separatist wars there since the break-up of the Soviet Union, our correspondent
adds. In flames
Three traffic policemen were killed as they tried to stop the gunmen's cars,
Mr Kadyrov said.
Nine militants died in the subsequent fighting, the Chechen leader said.
According to the Russian government, a further four people died and 21 were
injured during the fighting.
Inhabitants of the city woke to the sight of smoke rising from the gutted
shell of the publishing house, where both Chechen and federal Russian media had
Covered stalls at a market were also burned in the fighting.
At daybreak smoke billowed from the multi-storey
building stormed by gunmen
There were no reports of any children being inside the school when the rebels
Mobile phone videos posted during the night attested to the ferocity of the
An Associated Press reporter saw the publishing house in flames and heard the
continuing sound of gunfire before dawn.
The same reporter also saw the body of someone in civilian clothing in the
street near the building.
"Not one bandit managed to get out," Mr Kadyrov later announced. "I directly
ran the operation myself."
In a grainy video posted on YouTube, a gunman said he and a group of others
had attacked the city in a "revenge operation" to avenge Muslim women harassed
by the security forces.
He said the attack had been carried out on the instructions of Chechen rebel
figure Aslan Byutukayev, an associate of Doku Umarov, the rebel leader believed
to have been killed earlier this year.
The attack on Grozny came hours before President Putin gave his annual state
of the nation address at the Kremlin.
Dmitry Trenin, who heads the Carnegie Moscow Center, wrote in a Twitter post
that the night attack in Grozny looked "senseless except as an attempt to
embarrass Putin hours before his annual address".
Islamic Militants Wage Fierce Attack on Grozny, Chechnya’s Capital
GROZNY, Chechnya — A fierce gun battle between Islamist militants and government security forces paralyzed the center of the Chechen capital, Grozny, overnight Thursday, leaving at least 20 people dead and embarrassing President Vladimir V. Putin just hours before he delivered his state-of-the-nation speech in Moscow.
It was the most violent, brazen attack linked to militant activity in the region in months. As dawn broke, smoke was rising from several locations, residents said in telephone interviews. Kheda Saratova, a human-rights activist, said that gunfire continued through the morning.
There was some speculation among analysts and on social media that the assault was carried out by fighters linked to the Islamic State or other radical groups fighting in Syria. If so, it would be the first such attack inside Russia.
Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the Kremlin ally who runs Chechnya, sought to play down the violence, attending Mr. Putin’s speech in Moscow and claiming that the reconstruction of the damaged buildings had already begun.
“When this all started,” Mr. Kadyrov told reporters at the Kremlin, “I flew home, organized a special operation, killed the devils, held a meeting, gathered the staff needed to restore the damaged building and made it back in time to listen to the address of our national leader.” He was seen during the speech checking his telephone intently.
Mr. Putin also made a passing reference to the attack, first suggesting that the West was behind the long history of terrorist insurgency in the restive Caucasus Mountains because it wanted to break up Russia, just as it had Yugoslavia.
“Now these ‘rebels’ showed themselves again in Chechnya,” Mr. Putin said. “I am sure the local guys, local law enforcement bodies, will cope with it properly. They are working now to liquidate a new terrorist raid.”
In a further attempt to reassure the public, state television showed Mr. Putin in his office meeting with Mr. Kadyrov. The Chechen leader assured the president that Grozny was under control, describing the operations there, while Mr. Putin instructed that the families of the dead government troops should be comforted.
Mr. Putin cemented his popularity after first assuming power in 2000 by ending a protracted war in Chechnya. Mr. Kadyrov, while often accused of human rights violations, pushed the militants out of Chechnya itself into neighboring republics, where the level of attacks rose. Chechnya has remained relatively calm.
Both the attack and the brewing economic crisis seemed to raise simultaneous questions about the signature achievements of Mr. Putin’s presidency: ending the Chechen war and obtaining unprecedented prosperity for many Russians.
Most of the violence in the Caucasus goes unnoticed because it takes place outside major urban centers. But Caucasian Knot, an authoritative website that tracks events in the region, said that 290 people had been killed and 144 wounded in fighting scattered through the Caucasus this year through the end of November.
Thursday’s attack was the third major assault this year, it said, following a suicide bombing in Grozny on Oct. 5 that killed five people and the destruction of a government armored personnel carrier by a land mine in April in which four soldiers were killed and seven wounded.
On Thursday, militants traveling in three cars infiltrated the capital around 1 a.m., killing three traffic police officers at a checkpoint and then occupying the 10-story House of Publishing at the center of the city, according to a statement by the National Antiterrorist Committee. Six of the gunmen were killed by security officers inside the building, which was gutted by fire that spread to a nearby market, it said.
The rest of the attackers were found near the House of Publishing in School No. 20, where fighting continued into Thursday, the statement said. Neither teachers nor students were at the school when it was seized, according to Russian news reports.
Ten police officers and nine militants were killed, Russian and Chechen government officials said. Another 28 police officers were injured, Andrey Chatsky, a spokesman for the antiterrorist committee, said in a statement broadcast on Russian television that also confirmed the police death toll.
Law enforcement agents eliminated at least nine militants, Mr. Kadyrov said in a statement posted on his website, noting, “We have the corpses.” He said the antiterrorist operation was over. He did not mention civilian casualties, and the Interior Ministry for the Chechen Republic did not answer telephone calls on Thursday evening.
The Interfax news agency quoted Mr. Kadyrov as saying that civilian victims of the violence would be compensated. As the fighting continued early Thursday, he used social media accounts to advise downtown residents to remain at home and away from windows.
There was little news of the attack on Russian state television before Mr. Putin’s speech, but once he mentioned it the clashes received wider coverage. Video footage was shown of security officers blasting the three-story school with grenade launchers and automatic weapons fire.
Mr. Kadyrov suggested that the militants were connected to Doku Umarov, the longtime leader of the Chechen militants who was killed last year. Attacks the group threatened against the Sochi Olympics last February never materialized.
Islamic fighters in southern Russia are organized as the Caucasus Emirate, a religiously motivated and pan-Caucasian movement that evolved from the initial Chechen nationalist and secular struggle for independence in the 1990s. Thursday is close to the 20th anniversary of the start of the first Chechen war, on Dec. 11.
“This could be a symbolic attack to show they can still organize something significant,” said Varvara Pakhomenko, an independent analyst of the region, referring to the Islamic militants. “They need new supporters and new fighters.”
Dmitry Trenin, the head of the Carnegie Moscow Center, said in a Twitter post, “The night attack in Grozny looks senseless, except as an attempt to embarrass Putin hours before his annual address to parliament.” He and others speculated that it might be the handiwork of the Islamic State.
The new leader of the Caucasus Emirate, Aliaskhab Kebekov, has not publicly sworn allegiance to the Islamic State. Yet, many Muslims from Chechnya and Dagestan, another republic in southern Russia, have gone to Syria to join the fight against President Assad.
Videos and news reports that have emerged since August cite “Omar the Chechen,” the pseudonym for Tarkhan Batirashvili, a senior Islamic State commander from the Caucasus, as telling his father that Russia was the next target after Iraq.
“He said, ‘Don’t worry, Dad, I’ll come home and show the Russians,’ ” Temur Batirashvili, the militant’s father, told Bloomberg News from his home in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, on the Chechen border. “I have many thousands following me now and I’ll get more. We’ll have our revenge against Russia.”
In one online video, an unidentified fighter sitting in a mud-spattered sedan says he would like to “convey a message to Putin.”
“These are the Russian planes that you sent to Bashar,” the man says, referring to President
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