FROM SINGAPORE (enroute to London, Belgrade) RUSSIAN AFFAIRS
1. Chicken Meets the Fox: Blair Upstaged
Moscow 2. Putin Seeks Approval of New Military Doctrine
3. A Muslim “Fatwa” Placed on Putin
4. Russians Close Ranks against the West
5. Russia, Byelorussia Planning New Force on
Poland’s NATO Border
6. Russia Boosts Spending on Strategic Arms
Yerevan 7. A Huge Pro-Russian Rally Held in Armenia
Chicken Meets the Fox: Blair Upstaged by Putin
LONDON, Apr. 17 –Tony Blair, the
British prime minister, last week became the first western leader to meet
the new Russian president, Vladimir
Putin, with whom he broke bread and watched a ballet performance in
St. Petersburg. This week,
Putin returned the favor, visiting Blair at his lair - London’s 10
Afterwards, the two heads of
state answered the media hounds’ questions at a London press conference.
Despite the absence of real hounds, however, it soon became
apparent that at one end of the head table the media were facing a shrewd
(Russian) fox; at the other end, a lame (Limey) chicken. Here’s
an excerpt from a London
Sunday Times report about this extraordinary press conference:
“FOR once in
his career, Tony Blair found himself completely outclassed as a platform
performer and almost lost for words in the face of the man he had invited
to a day of talks in London.
Russia's first democratically elected President, dominated a 35-minute
joint press conference at the Foreign Office after the Downing Street
meeting, giving detailed and faultless answers in Russian, without notes,
to a range of sometimes hostile questions.
Side by side in
blue suits, neither man smiled. Mr Putin, almost expressionless and
employing machinegun delivery, showed a hint of passion only once, when he
leant over his lectern and delivered a ringing justification for the
Russian invasion of Chechnya.
Mr Blair, who
had put away his perpetual grin, listened intently with slightly pursed
lips, staring fixedly at a point in the far distance. He talked of
"engaging" with Russia and how he had "raised our concerns
about the situation in Chechnya". He did not sound entirely
inevitable Chechnya question was thrown from the floor, Mr Putin met it
head on, clearly determined to put the Moscow view which, he said, was not
fully appreciated in the West. He spoke uncompromisingly of an
international terrorist movement of Islamic extremists and gave the
distinct impression that the West should be grateful to the Russian armed
forces for doing everybody's dirty work.
Mr Blair was
more diffident, as though frightened of undoing the work of three hours of
talks. He admitted differences with Mr Putin on the Chechnya question and
talked of a new agreement to meet his Russian counterpart at least once a
Mr Putin, on
the other hand, performed without hesitation or deviation on all other
questions he was asked, from his thoughts on the stock market fall,
through the Start 2 treaty to the need to remove the gangster element from
the Russian economy.
He claimed to
know little of the newly appointed independent commission to examine human
rights abuses in Chechnya beyond what he had read in the morning
newspapers, and he did duck two questions. Asked about his KGB past, he
talked of reforming the Soviet banking system.
Asked how he
felt about being the democratically elected leader of a post-communist
state invited to tea with the Queen, he gave the tiniest shrug of the
shoulders as if to say, "Damnfool question" and said nothing on
advise you how to answer that, Vladimir," said Mr Blair, managing a
nervous half laugh.
Mr Putin did
not flinch; he was already giving his views on the day's share prices fall
as "an episode, an incident, not apocalyptic". Mr Putin himself
is clearly more than an episode or an incident. For Chechen rebels and
Russians gangsters alike, he gave the clear impression of a man who
intends to be apocalyptic.”
TiM Ed.: Apocalyptic?
Hardly. Except perhaps
for the chickens of the New World Order.
2. Putin Seeks Approval of New Military Doctrine
MOSCOW, Apr 21 - President-elect Vladimir Putin urged his ministers to adopt a tough new military doctrine which reserves Russia's right to be the first to deliver a nuclear strike, the Agence France Presse reported from Moscow on Apr. 21.
The revised version of the original 1993 document had been tentatively approved in February and Putin told a meeting of the powerful Security Council that the final draft could no longer wait.
"Today we are presenting to you the conclusive document which stands for final ratification," Putin said in televised remarks."In the past several weeks, this conceptual document on military security had been polished up in the various ministries -- first of all in the defense ministry. Today we have to put a final period to this work."
Reports said that it clearly reserves the right for Russia to strike first, but only if there is clear-felt danger to the country's very existence -- a similar position to one taken by the United States."It seems that such situations are being taken into account, but they are not very likely," an NTV correspondent reporting on the Kremlin session said.
The report said that the new doctrine had also noted that NATO did not seek approval from the UN Security Council, where Moscow has a right of veto, before launching air strikes against Russian ally Yugoslavia last year. It further addressed Russia's military concerns on the country's volatile southern rim, where federal troops are waging their second deadly military campaign in the rebel republic of Chechnya.
A Muslim “Fatwa” Placed on Putin
LONDON, Apr. 17 - “Stupid is as stupid does,” the mother of Hollywood’s slightly deranged character (Sally Fields), “Forrest Gump,” tended to say, counseling her son, in this 1994 global movie hit.
Well, meet the Islamic version of the “Forrest Gump,” the “Allah warriors.” They are being played by the New World Order leaders as if they were the strings of an ancient instrument. The more harm the NWO does to the Muslim cause, the more willing the moronic or corrupt “Allah warrior” leaders seems to be in aiding their ultimate destruction.
Here’s, for example, an excerpt of a message which we received about a supposed “fatwa” (a death sentence) being placed on the new Russian president, Putin, which was made public during Putin’s visit to Britain:
aggression and atrocities committed by President Putin and his Fascist
Russian Government against the people of Chechnya which includes bombing
them indiscriminately, throwing more than 200,000 civilians out of their
homeland, consenting to mass rape and threatening to exterminate a whole
population is not less than the crimes committed by Pinochet for which the
British Government put the former Chilian Dictator under house arrest and
are a clear violation of divine law and against the sanctity of Human
Beings and their honor. The situation clearly demands that the Blair
regime treat this criminal in the same manner as Putin, however in line
with the double standards and hatred that this government has shown
towards Islam and Muslims (note the continuing bombing of the innocent
population of Iraq) no doubt Tony Blair will end the day by shaking the
blood stained hand of this self-confessed murderer.
show of friendship however, Blair should know that as for Muslims
everywhere, including the 4,000,000 in Britain, the Islamic Decree
regarding the Russian invasion of Chechnya will continue to be JIHAD which
is the obligation of every Muslim to support physically, verbally and
financially and that Putin, as head of the barbaric Russian regime remains
a legitimate target as do all Russian forces, government, Russian
Embassies, military airports and jets etc. since Allah (swt) says in the
Qur'an: "And kill them wherever you meet them and turn them out from
where they have turned you out" [EMQ 2: 191].
Indeed the Islamic verdict regarding President Putin has already been set out in a Fatwa issued by The Shari'ah Court of The UK on Friday the 15th of April 2000 which is to put him on trial in an Islamic court for his crimes and for capital punishment to be applied!”
The Voice, The Eyes and The Ears of The Muslims, London, Internet: www.obm.clara.net
TiM Ed.: Well, with “Islamic warriors” of the above wisdom, precision and aim, Israel can breathe a sigh of relief. Soon enough, they are bound to shoot themselves in the foot - without the help of any enemies, real or imagined.
Russians Close Ranks against the West
MOSCOW, Apr. 13 - Just in case that some of you, the TiM readers, may have thought that the term “apocalyptic” - that the London Times used to describe Vladimir Putin’s mission to put Russia back on the world powers map - may be a bit of an exaggeration, read on. “From politicians to truck drivers, Russians are irked at (western) criticism, lack of support on Chechnya campaign,” read the headline of a Christian Science Monitor story filed from Moscow on Apr. 13. Here are esome excerpts from the story:
“The political temperature is decidedly chilly as Russians
react with anger, confusion, and suspicion to the latest Western censure
over the war in Chechnya.
"Once I thought we could learn from Europe, but now I think
we don't need teachers like these," says Kiril Petrenko, a print-shop
designer out shopping in a downtown market. "They are hypocrites and
fools. They have no idea how to help us."
The latest jolt to Russian national pride and self-esteem was
twofold: Last week, United Nations human rights chief Mary Robinson
returned from a visit to Chechnya complaining that the Kremlin had barred
her from visiting five "filtration centers" - compared by human
rights groups to concentration camps - and a community where Russian
troops allegedly massacred civilians.
In Moscow, President-elect Vladimir Putin declined to meet with
Robinson, while another
Kremlin official denounced her allegations as "a common lie."
Then at the end of the week, the 41-nation Council of Europe
voted to strip Russia of its voting rights and initiate suspension
proceedings because of "serious
and documented" allegations of war crimes in the breakaway Muslim
republic, now mainly under Russian control after a six-month
In most countries, the activities of the council, a talking-shop
on human rights and democracy issues with no powers beyond moral suasion,
scarcely warrant notice. But in Russia the news hit like a bomb.
"The council has made a colossal and historic mistake,"
thundered Gennady Seleznyov, Speaker of the State Duma, the lower house of
parliament. "They have forgotten who they are dealing with. Russia
can do very well without them, and we will rise up again to become a great
[…] Since NATO's war one year ago against fellow Slavic,
Orthodox Christian Yugoslavia, the mood has turned from sour, to bitter,
A recent survey by the Boston-based Marttila Communications Group
found that 69 percent of
Russians polled think the West wants their economy to collapse. Fully 87
percent believe the United States is taking advantage of Russia's current
weakness to expand its global influence. Only 13 percent regarded the US
as a friend or ally; 28 percent described it as an enemy. […]
“Russia cannot be understood with the mind, it can only be
believed in," wrote Fyodor Tyutchev, a 19th-century philosopher.
Russians today quote him constantly, with avid approval.
"Let it be worse, but let it be ours," Marshal Mikhail
Kutuzov was fond of replying to young officers who complained about
Russian technical backwardness.
Kutuzov's armies chased the French invaders under Napoleon all
the wayback to Paris. In the
20th century, despite terrible losses, the Soviet Union did the same to
Hitler. Many Russians insist that once again, in Chechnya, they are
fighting for the common good despite the ingratitude and incomprehension
of the West.
"We are fighting for all of Europe, against terrorism and
extremism," says Leonid Troshin, a truck driver. "The West needs
us to fight, but they want the luxury of insulting us at the same time.
They should be helping, but they just carp about human rights," Mr.
Troshin says. […]
Russia, Byelorussia Planning New Force on Poland’s NATO Border
MINSK, Apr. 13 - Russian President Vladimir Putin and
Byelorussian President Alexander Lukashenko will meet on Sunday, Apr. 16,
to discuss a military build-up on the Beylorussian border with Poland, the
new dividing line between the Free Europe to the East, and the new NATO
Iron Curtain to the West, according to official Russian sources.
Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, external relations official for the
Russian Defense Ministry, stated that the leaders of Russia and Belarus
will discuss an increase of their forces opposing NATO on the Belarussian
border. The report was carried by the Voice of Russia World Service, the
official broadcasting service of the Russian government.
Ivashov stated that the discussion of the two presidents regarding a military build-up was a response to "American-led aggression against Federal Yugoslavia."
Russia has also consistently voiced its opposition to NATO expansion eastwards. Ivashov said the forces to be stationed on the border would be defensive in nature, and consistent with the new military policy adopted by the Union of Russia and Belarus. Russia and Belarus have grown increasingly close since the signing of a treaty combining the two states into a community on April 2, 1996. On December 8, 1999, Russia and Belarus declared a union of the two states. Defense is one of a number of national functions that Russia and Belarus are placing under the control of the union.
TiM Ed.: And so, willy-nilly, inch-by-inch, a new “Berlin wall” is being built along the Poland-Belarus border. Thanks to NATO’s war on Serbia. Way to go, Mrs. Halfbright! (the Time magazine dubbed it last May “Madeleine’s War”).
Russia Boosts Spending on Strategic Arms
TEL AVIV, Apr. 8 - Russia has changed its benign policy and is
directing scarce funding toward improving its strategic nuclear weapons
arsenal, a leading defense expert says.
Alexei Arbatov, deputy chairman of the Russian parliament's Defense
Committee, said that after several years of neglect the Kremlin is
focusing its energy on rebuilding and improving its strategic nuclear
arsenal. He said this includes billions of dollars into research for new
Arbatov said the trigger for the new Russian policy was the U.S.-led
NATO offensive against Yugoslavia in 1999. He said Moscow now regards NATO
as an opponent if not an enemy.
"Now, everything has changed," Arbatov told a Tel Aviv
University conference. "After the war in the Balkans, there was no
more talk of detargetting [the United States]. The Duma [Russian
parliament] and the executive branch drafted a law for long-term
allocations for the strategic forces."
The result, he said, has been a 26 billion ruble increase for such
programs as anti-missile and anti-aircraft defense. He said the goal is to
increase nuclear deterrence and enhance conventional defense against NATO.
Russia now spends 2.8 percent of its gross national product on defense.
To meet Russia's military needs, Arbatov said, Moscow would have to
increase the defense budget to at least 3.5 percent of the GDP. "The
would mean instituting price and wage controls and we would stop being a
market economy," he said.
7. A Huge Pro-Russian Rally Held in Armenia
YEREVAN, Apr. 21 - A huge Pro-Russian Demonstration took place in the capital of Armenia, Yerevan, Friday, Apr. 21, according to the following is a translation of today's ORT Channel 1 news item on the event, which the TiM received from one of its Russian readers:
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Or Djurdjevic's WASHINGTON TIMES columns: "Chinese Dragon Wagging Macedonian Tail," "An Ugly Double Standard in Kosovo Conflict?", "NATO's Bullyboys", "Kosovo: Why Are We Involved?", and "Ginning Up Another Crisis"