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2006-03-13 Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Arabs, Islam, and the Chechen wars
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Posted by Dan Darling 2006-03-13 01:33|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [295 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Lots of fun pics of Khattab can be found at Considerable video library too. They really like the video camera.

They even have an Islamic Bill of Rights. And a mission statement.

Required reading is their 'analysis' section. With articles like U.S. preparing genetic bomb for mankind, West is doomed, War of Civilizations Started (War Between Americans and Americans), and the brilliant Iran-U.S. Relations: A Cold, Fragile Peace(2003), including gems like this:
There are really no civilizations on our planet. Capitalism at the stage of globalism has virtually annihilated all civilizations. The only stronghold of possible variety of civilizations is Islamic fundamentalism and fundamentalist elements in various countries, both in underground and in semi-underground forms. It is not the matter of a clash of civilizations, but rather some head-on collision of fundamentalism and Western technological quasi-civilization.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
Posted by Rafael 2006-03-13 02:42||   2006-03-13 02:42|| Front Page Top

#2 Article: Isolating Chechnya and delegating responsibility to Russia to deal with the situation there is tantamount to a crime against humanity.

This is kind of amusing. I guess this means Muslim countries with non-Muslim minorities should also give their non-Muslim minorities their own states. I suspect I shouldn't hold my breath waiting.
Posted by Zhang Fei 2006-03-13 03:24||]">[]  2006-03-13 03:24|| Front Page Top

#3 Chehchens are the "people" who invented decapitation videos.
Posted by gromgoru 2006-03-13 08:29||   2006-03-13 08:29|| Front Page Top

#4 Good linky linky, Rafael. Thanks, though I'll read 'em at home later.
Posted by Seafarious">Seafarious  2006-03-13 08:42||   2006-03-13 08:42|| Front Page Top

#5 It's mostly garbage, Seafarious :-) I was in a sarcastic mood writing that comment. Though I suppose this stuff could prove useful to a poli sci or psychology student, or anyone completely new to Islamic fundamentalism.

The one thing I do find interesting though is their extensive use of the video camera. Like gromgoru said, these guys invented the decapitation video, but not only that, they like to film their warrior heros in action, probably for training or internal propaganda purposes: ambushes, skirmishes, etc. I'm not sure if this is unique to Chechens or Arabs, or if this is a guerilla tactic in general, but I don't recall any African or South American or Southeast Asian action videos (to such an extent anyway). Videotaping such as this could indicate a very specific influence, in any particular conflict, anywhere in the world. And there have been videos like this found in Iraq.

But I suspect this videotaping fetish started in Afghanistan when the Soviets were there, and probably spread with the jihadis as they dispersed, spreading peace and love and happiness all over the world. So this isn't unique to any specific group anymore.
Posted by Rafael 2006-03-13 14:09||   2006-03-13 14:09|| Front Page Top

#6 Darn, I meant to type:
It's mostly garbage, Seafarious, not worth your time.
Not enough coffee in my system :-)
Posted by Rafael 2006-03-13 14:11||   2006-03-13 14:11|| Front Page Top

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