September 3, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Judgement of Dubya's pal Putin questioned

Russian Siege Sparks World Horror, Solidarity
Some analysts questioned Russian security forces' tactics in storming the school, though Moscow has said the move was forced on them when hostage-takers opened fire on fleeing children.

"I suspect that Putin's immediate concern will have been to be seen to be strong rather than be seen to be negotiating," said Alex Standish, editor of Jane's Intelligence Digest.

"And if that means sacrificing civilians caught up in the middle, I don't suspect that is the key issue as far as Putin is concerned," he said.

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