Guests: Michael Vlahos, Naval War College; Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn, FDD; Thomas Goltz, author, "Chechnya Diary: A War Correspondent's Story of Surviving the War in Chechnya."
JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
From a listener, T Loghry: This website is producer of this video http://archive [dot] org/details/Abu_Dudjana_k_opolchentsam that was on Tamerlin Tsarnaev's YouTube page before it was taken down. The website gives a glimpse into the terrorist activities in Daghestan.
Friday 19 April 2013 / Hour 1, Block A: Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, ethnically Chechnyan, born in Kyrgyzstan. Chechnya: 1.5 million people, tribal, Muslim, in north Caucasus. Declared independence from the just-dead Soviet Union; after two Chechen wars with Moscow, which refused to allow liberty to Chechens, an enraged people turned to Islamism. Chechens have been under the Russian boot since Tsar Nicholas I in the early Nineteenth Century – that subjugation took thirty years, using scorched-earth policy; see: pyramid of skulls, Russians murdered 15% of the population. A mountainous region "beyond the cities." [i.e., not the urbanized, civilized people that the Russians fancied themselves to be]. As the Germans were fighting toward the oil fields, Stalin evacuated everyone, killed more than 10% of the populace. After the end of the Union, the Russian Federation forbad independence, invaded yet again; however, were twice defeated: storming Grozny with tanks, failed [Chechen + Grozny 1994 to YouTube; sung by Yuri Shevchuk. Of 120 tanks, 105 were destroyed by Chechen RPGS, and 100,000 young Russian conscripts were killed. The disgrace of the great Red Army. It’s this failure that keeps Russians at a white-hot hatred against Chechens.] Ranzan Kadirov runs death squads daily to keep people from having a revolution. This is the fertile ground from which the endless Chechen resistance grows.
Friday 19 April 2013 / Hour 1, Block B: Michael Vlahos, Naval War College, in re: Pres Putin and Pres Obama exchanged phone calls today; Putin expressed condolences, Obama thanked Russia for help. Islamophobia. Russia terrified that another battle against Chechnya has been lost; was promises to vanquish and crush Chechnya that got Putin elected the first time. If we use Russia as a model, we'll forever have the entire Muslim world as enemies. Using heavy artillery – and perhaps drones – is generally a disastrous policy. There's no one in Siberia, but many activated Chechens and other Muslim peoples where Russia's energy fields are. Retributive justice mode: wreaking "righteous" vengeance on the bad guys. Note that right now it's liberals who're demanding something rather like a benevolent police state – a domestic gendarmerie, our American-style storm troopers; militarization of the US. Massachusetts probably doesn’t grasp the long-term implications.
Friday 19 April 2013 / Hour 1, Block C: . Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD, & Thomas Joscelyn, Long War Journal senior editor, in re: The Tsarnaev YouTube video: prophecy. "When you see the Black flags coming from the direction of Khorasan, join that army . . . They know that it’s coming, and that's why they demonize as a terrorist anyone – anyone – who supports Islam." Khorasan is the central place of the battle between Islam and the rest of the world. Horsemen with swords drawn riding to the rescue of the Muslim warriors – it's hypnotic; is in FB logos, is iconic imagery across the ummah. Four of the 9/11 pilots were originally recruited to fight in Chechnya. . . . Afghan mujahideen. Not surprising to find those in the Chechen jihadi sphere fighting us. The Tsarnaev brothers are now heroes across the Islamist world. They shut down Boston for days, garnered global news coverage. Huge victory. (As was Mumbai.)
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Less than 24 hours after the FBI posted photos of two suspects in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombings, the world has learned an astounding amount, with astounding speed, about the two men — one of whom is now dead after a murder, car chase and shootout that climaxed in Watertown, Mass., last night. The other suspect, his brother, remains at large. But for all the detail emerging today, a huge question remains unanswered: What motivated their alleged actions?
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