Moscow Mourns Victims of Metro Attack

Rush- Hour Attack: Suicide Bombings Kill Dozens in Moscow Subway

Moscow has declared Tuesday a day of mourning for the victims of Monday’s bombing on the city’s subway. The search for the perpetrators has begun, with Russian intelligence pointing the finger at groups in the North Caucasus. more…

Russian Security Forces Find Third Explosive Device

Two blasts killed at least 38 people on Moscow metro trains on Monday and the city appears to have been spared a third attack. Investigators found a third device in a subway station, and defused it. World leaders condemned the attacks, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin vowed that “terrorists will be destroyed.” more…

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  1. I got this in my inbox this morning and it is worth the read. Please keep reading if you think this letter is not going the way you think it should – it is important to keep reading!!!

    Shimon Peres writes a Letter to the Russian President

    April 1, 2010

    (forwarded to the world by Steven Plaut)

    Dear Mr. President,

    My heartfelt sympathies to you and the Russian for the Moscow this week.

    But we must really speak about how to deal with the atrocities and protests, including the attacks on Moscow, by these misunderstood Islamic activists. Mister President, I have a great deal of experience in dealing successfully with terrorism and this is why I wish to come to your assistance.

    The first thing you must realize is that one can only make peace with one’s enemies. With one’s friends there is no need to make peace. There is no military solution to the problems of terrorism, and this is why you must seek a diplomatic solution. “No Justice, No Peace,” as they say. You must invite the leaders of this Islamic activist organization to the Kremlin to meet with you and perhaps tour Red Square. You must learn to feel their pain and understand their needs. You must offer to turn a third of your territory over to them so that these stateless Moslems can have their own state. I have no doubt the Muslim world will applaud your efforts.

    You must meet the demands of the Chechen protesters in full. In addition, you must offer them Internet web services and five-star tourist hotels in exchange for their promising to abandon violence. After all, that is how we turned Yasser Arafat into a peace partner! You see, military force serves no role any more. It is passé. It is archaic. Today, economic interests dominate the world and the Islamist activists of the earth will surely make peace in exchange for some profits from participating in global trade.

    The attacks on the Moscow metro came because you have been insufficiently sensitive in understanding the needs of Chechen Moslems. You took their fundamentalist rhetoric at face value, whereas we in Israel know that all this rhetoric is empty and in fact these people simply want peace. Sure, Moslem fundamentalists praise Hitler and celebrate atrocities, but what is it that they really want? You must negotiate even while under armed attack; your conditioning negotiations on an end to violence is a no-win situation. It will simply extend the bloodshed!

    You have been trying to rule over others and failed to be sensitive to The Other. You have illegal settlements that you have yet to remove from the Caucasus and the Black Sea area. You must put your own house in order, and eliminate inequality and injustice inside Russia, and then the terrorists will no longer target you.

    The key is to build a New Middle Eurasia, one in which everyone is so busy with the important matter of development tourism and investments and hi-technology that they have no time to pursue violence. The era of war is finished.

    Moreover, if you strike at the perpetrators of the Moscow unrest/protests and their supporters, you will simply extend and enlarge the cycle of violence. Your bombs will no doubt injure some innocent children and civilians alongside any terrorist activists you strike, and that will simply enrage the rest of the world and make the victims seek revenge. Your armed attacks against these militants and activists will cause them to hate the Russians and drive the separatists to embrace terrorism. Moreover, if you refuse to negotiate with the Chechen separatists, then their leader will be toppled and a really violent militant and fanatic will take his place. In that case, you will have lost the window of opportunity to make peace. Begin by declaring a unilateral ceasefire!

    Mister President, blessed is the peacemaker. Remember Tolstoy. The entire world will support you and congratulate you if you respond to these horrific attacks by disarming Russia and opening dialogue with the terror activists. All we are saying is give peace a chance. Yitzhak Rabin would have approved. Yes, chaver, what you need is shalom, salaam, peace. You will be cheered and awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in recognition. Do not allow yourself to be drawn into the gutter of violence. Violence never achieves anything. History is no lesson. History is the dead past.

    End the cycle of violence. Show restraint. Forgo the juvenile impulse to avenge.

    Follow my example! Provide the Chechen bombers with anti-aircraft and anti-tank missiles, so that they can battle against the true radicals and fanatics. And they will do so with no ACLU or Supreme Court to restrain them.

    Demonstrate your humanity by paying pensions to any widows and orphans of the terrorist who blew up the trains.

    Mister President, the proof is in the pudding. My own peace policies have eliminated war and bloodshed and terror from the Middle East. We no longer have terrorists to deal with in the Levant, only peace partners. If you follow in my footsteps, you can achieve the same lofty goals.

    Peacefully yours,

    Shimon Peres, Peacemaker-at-Large

  2. If I was Israeli I would be disgusted with Mr. Peres, assuming that this is not a
    premature April fools joke.

  3. kaw, it is VERY tongue in cheek. And yes, it is a premature April Fool’s Day Joke.
    BUT…it is not a joke, is it?
    This is what some sections of the world want Israel to do with their muslims.
    Do you think it has any chance of success? Maybe, just maybe by changing the names in this charade the penny might drop for most people about the ‘complexities’ of the M.E. and work put that it IS Israel who deserves a Nobel Peace Prize!

  4. Maybe this is a good thing. When the Russians say “destroy” they mean it. They don’t start with “let’s not jump to conclusions” or “just a tiny minority” or “this is a result of our islamophobia” – no, they go in, root out, eradicate.
    So when the Russian juggernaut swings into action, maybe the muslim brothers from the rest of Europe will heed the call to arms, ever-ready for action as they are, and gallop out beyond the gates of Vienna, never to return?
    No. Probably not. Too busy collecting welfare and raping kaffirs. Still, one can hope?

  5. Dhumme Dhimme,
    Yes – the letter is describing what Israel actually does for the Palis. Those of us (who want to know) know that Israel is the good guy – but most of us are willing to believe the media line which is driven mostly by those left of center. Particularly in academic circles where left wing seem the flavor of the month.

    To those who wish to know how to treat islamists.
    A Russian member of an embassy in the ME was kidnapped once by islamists. The Russians found out the tribe responsible, kidnapped its leader, removed his genitalia and dropped him screaming back home. More was promised if the Russian was not returned. He was returned.

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