Blood on the White Russian Snows
Last week Russia suffered what may well be, pound for pound, the most terrifying act of separatist violence in its history.
In a gesture of unmistakable menace towards the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, the Caucasian rebels launched an all-out assault on winter sportsmen. Three skiers from Moscow were shot dead on the road to the slopes in Kabarino-Balkaria (two other members of their party were wounded), and at nearby Mt. Elbrus another force of rebels blew up a ski lift, bringing down dozens of cable cars. The attacks were timed to coincide with the staging of the first test events for the Sochi games.
The response of the Putin regime was truly terrifying. It openly admitted that it could not control the separatist violence, and helplessly warned Russian sportsmen to simply stay out of the area. Today Kabarino-Balkaria, tomorrow Sochi.
Russia is totally unable to protect the world’s Olympians when they travel to Sochi in 2014. Events of terrorism are spiraling out of control all across the country, from the top of Mt. Elbrus to the Moscow subways. Russians couldn’t care less if scores of foreign athletes are killed or maimed on their soil, many may even enjoy the prospect. All Russians care about is the chance to pose and strut and delude themselves into thinking they are a great country. But if terror strikes Sochi, Russian history will be permanently stained, just as was Germany by the Munich games. The difference, of course, is that Munich was not in the heart of domestic terrorism and there was no clear warning that terror would strike there. Russians, and the world, have been clearly and repeatedly warned.
We are genuinely appalled by the recklessness of the leaders of the West, most particularly that craven, wretched coward Barack Obama. How can our leaders simply watch as acts of violence consume Putin’s Russia, ignoring the obvious and desperate risks posed to their athletes in Sochi?
Should the axe of terrorism fall at Sochi, all those who stood silent beforehand will be guilty of murder. They will have blood on their hands, even as it stains the white snows of Southern Russia red.