Chechnya II, The Wrath of Maskhadov
No, you can’t get away! From hell’s heart, I stab at thee! For hate’s sake, I spit my last breath at thee!
–Ricardo Montalban as Khan to William Shatner as Kirk in “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” (1982)
Just before he was killed in March 2005 by Russian security forces, Chechnya’s top warlord Aslan Maskhadov stated: “Unless the war in Chechnya is stopped quickly, it will spread outwards. In fact, it has been spreading for some time now. Today fighting can be seen in Daghestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Ossetia, Ingushetia, and Karachayevo-Cherkessia.”
Though Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has made claims to the contrary, the war was not stopped quickly, and it did spread — just as Maskhadov said it would. Just as the killing of Said Buryatsky did not stop, but rather increased, terrorist activity in and around Moscow, the killing of Maskhadov did not quell, but rather expanded, secessionist activity in the Caucasus region. Just as Obi Wan Kenobi only became more powerful when struck down by Darth Vader, Maskhadov has risen from the ashes to spit at Russia over and over again. Surely, he is laughing with glee at the failed polices of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.
The New York Times reports:
Even as Moscow celebrated its success, the insurgency was morphing. Some of the rebels traded in their arms to join Mr. Kadyrov’s apparatus, but others moved into the neighboring republics, like Ingushetia and Dagestan, where the local government was weaker. They traded in their old pursuit — a secular, independent state — for the more grandiose vision of a pan-Caucasian Shariah state. Old-fashioned military offensives were replaced by snipers, ambushes and a series of sickening terrorist attacks.
In other words, Putin’s policies have failed spectacularly, spreading the flames of revolution throughout the entire Caucasus region.