Chechnya - a far off country

Russell Grinker grinker at
Thu Nov 4 22:48:52 PST 1999

>Chris Burford wrote

The argument is similar to that about Indonesia and East Timor is it not?
>The West is magnanimously lending billions of dollars to Russia ostensibly
>to help liberal democracy but in fact to help the oligarchs. It is already
>intervening massively in the former Soviet Union. There is no way it cannot
>It tacitly supported the suppression of the East Timorese for years. If it
>does not put pressure on Russia now, it is supporting the crushing of the
I think Chris's position is all the evidence we need that Yoshie is right on the left and Chechnya. "Left" advice merely broadens Western options for interfering.


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