EDITORIAL: Annals of Russian Insanity II

EDITORIAL

Annals of Russian Insanity II

Russia is in the process of constructing its largest aquarium in the city of Sochi at a cost of over $25 million. Scheduled to open later this month, Sochi Discovery World is supposed to be one of the chief attactions for visitors to the 2014 Olympic Games.

As if. 

Earlier this week it was reported that 4,000 exotic fish destined for the aquarium’s tanks, fish worth nearly half a million dollars, perished at the Sochi airport after customs officials needed a shocking fifteen hours to clear the cargo. The fish persished from exposure.

Amin Azzam, director of the facility, called the event an “atrocity unseen anywhere else in the world.”  That’s putting it mildly.  If the Kremlin can’t even guarantee the safety of fish, how can the world possibly believe it can protect people from the rebel violance that is exploding everywhere in the Caucasus regions these days? To put it simply, it can’t.

The world’s athletes, if the world is foolish enough to send them, will be massacred in Sochi just like those fish, and at far greater cost.  Russia’s incomptenence, as witnessed by the recent explosion at a Siberian hydroelectric plant which is the focus of our lead editorial today, is so fundamental and wide-ranging that it is laughable to suggest Russia can pull off an event like the Olympic Games safely, even if no rebel activity were at issue.

The simple fact is that Russians don’t care about life because they don’t value it. They can’t, because their government’s contempt for life shows them it can be snuffed out at any moment, and their rabid hatred of foreigners means that Russians simply couldn’t care less what happens to those who are not Russian.

The world has been warned. It must rethink the Sochi games before it is too late.

 

 

3 responses to “EDITORIAL: Annals of Russian Insanity II

  1. “As far as possible, we will try to avoid civilian targets,” he explained. “But for me there are no civilians in Russia.”
    http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/08/31/Russias_brutal_guerrilla_war

    Well, there might be “no civilians in Russia” (presumably: outside the Muslim republics, which they say isn’t Russia at all anymore but their Caucasian Emirate), but still the foreigners are not from “in Russia” (“avoid civilian targets”). And of course no attacks yet in KK to date.

    So I guess one can be more likely to killed at the Sochi Failympics by the Mysterious Police-bombers or the drunken Aeroflop pilots, than from any rebel activity.

    • …unless they would eventually make a direct link with AfPak-based militants (who are enthusiastic about killing/napping foreigners), as discussed in this article. Few years a lot of time.

      “The absolute worst-case scenario — a gradual linking-up of insurgents in Central Asia with the North Caucasus’ young Islamist fighters — might be remote, but it is now possible. Such a link-up would require at least three factors. First, Russia’s policy of blind brutality in the North Caucasus would have to continue, ensuring a steady stream of recruits to the Islamist cause. Second, the Taliban would have to consolidate along Afghanistan’s frontiers with Central Asian countries such as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, or Tajikistan, turning the borderlands into safe havens and creating a series of conduits allowing fighters to move from Afghanistan into Central Asia and beyond. Finally, Central Asian jihadists from countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, or Uzbekistan would have to emerge as a fighting force large enough to exert serious regional pressure. The first is already happening. The second is a matter of time. The third cannot be ruled out. These eventualities threaten to transform the conflict in the Caucasus from a secessionist struggle to something vastly more menacing.”

  2. And btw the “sport” scenarios, this is pretty funny:

    http://www.watchdog.cz/?show=000000-000024-000006-000001&lang=1

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