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Posted: 9/16/2004 12:54:11 PM EDT
Is he waiting for strategic reasons? Is he becoming PC. Wassup?
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:55:30 PM EDT
i thinkk hes workin on it
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:56:24 PM EDT
What, you don't think there are some newly occupied shallow graves in Chechnya?
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:56:28 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 12:57:16 PM EDT by PennvilleBill]
Vladimir climbed the ladder of Russian politics throught the KGB; my guess is ass will be stomped, not kicked, and the world will never hear about it.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:56:54 PM EDT
dont think so

putin is old school soviet; he's lible to become another dictator; then he'll woop on ET's A
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:01:09 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 1:02:11 PM EDT by Bumblebee_Bob]
Oh, I'm sure he's dug out the sledge hammer and is polishing it up.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:05:37 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PennvilleBill:
Vladimir climbed the ladder of Russian politics throught the KGB; my guess is ass will be stomped, not kicked, and the world will never hear about it.



This was my 1st guess. The world may never know
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:10:20 PM EDT
We will probably find out years from now what they are doing right now...
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:12:42 PM EDT

Originally Posted By ALPHAGHOST:
dont think so

putin is old school soviet; he's lible to become another dictator; then he'll woop on ET's A




No kidding - people who are whining about the Patriot Act and civil rights concerns over here need to keep a close eye on what is happening in Russia. Putin is already using the Beslan attack to effectively undermine ANY political opposition.

All hail Tsar Putin I
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:13:02 PM EDT
people are being killed as we speak
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:13:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:13:13 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:21:17 PM EDT
Because he was already doing what he could. This has been going on for a long time. If you want to kick ass you first have to find the ass to kick.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:34:25 PM EDT
Russia has been whoopin the Chechen's for a long time, and vise versa..
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:42:28 PM EDT

Originally Posted By PennvilleBill:
Vladimir climbed the ladder of Russian politics throught the KGB; my guess is ass will be stomped, not kicked, and the world will never hear about it.



Ditto, Russians work differently in these situations. They have a long history of preferring to work in the shadows for internal matters.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 3:04:40 PM EDT
What can they do that they already are not doing?

Send in Tanks to Chechnya, or shell Grozny and its civvies to Rubble? Let Chechny alone? Been there, done that.

Project force over the borders? Naw, not without the help and cooperation of the US.

Despite all the bluster, there is little they can do. What Putin CAN do is tighten up Moscow's control over the country as has been discussed here.
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