With the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Bin Laden was elevated to the realm of evil in the American imagination once reserved for dictators like Hitler and Stalin. He was a new national enemy, his face on wanted posters, gloating on videotapes, taunting the United States and Western civilization.
— The New York Times, Front Page, May 2, 2011
In yet another new low in the sordid annals of Russian history, while the world was being reminded on the front page of the American “paper of record” about the evil that was Josef Stalin Russia, which has been busily rehabilitating Stalin, was attempting to claim credit for the liquidation of Osama bin Laden:
Russia has greeted the killing of Osama bin Laden as a “major success” in the global fight against terrorism.
“Russia was one of the first to come up against the threat of global terrorism and unfortunately knows firsthand what al-Qaeda is,” the Kremlin said in an official statement posted on its website.
“Retribution to all terrorists is inexorable,” the statement said. “Only joint coordinated battle against terrorism can bring tangible results. Russia is ready for stepping up this cooperation.”
The elimination of bin Laden marks “momentous success, not only for the U.S. security forces, but also for all those who are working to defeat terrorism,” said Viktor Ozerov, head of the Defence and Security Committee in the Federation Council, the upper house of the Russian Parliament.
The parliamentarian voiced the hope that the death of the world’s Number 1 terrorist would weaken al Qaeda, which has fomented terrorism in Russia as well.
“Russian security forces established a hand of bin Laden in many terrorist attacks in North Caucasus that his emissaries helped prepare and finance,” Mr. Ozerov said.
A senior Russian security official described bin Laden’s killing as a “momentous event in the fight against terrorism.”
“It shows above all that retribution will not elude terrorists who commit atrocious crimes against humanity,” the Itar-Tass news agency quoted the security spokesman, who did not give his name.
Such reports show that Russia continues to exist in some bizarre parallel universe utterly divorced from reality. Having destroyed all broad-based independent media and opposition political parties, as in Soviet times Russian are no longer able, like the infamous Emperor with his “new clothes,” to tell lie from truth, fact from fiction. But let Americans try to take credit for the killing of a Chechen terrorist, and then see the fur fly!
Just as the USSR could not survive its deep, pervasive oblivious ignorance, it must surely destroy Russia.