Двойственное исламское наследие России

Во время своего последнего визита в Брюссель российский президент Владимир Путин поразил и журналистов и европейских политиков своими высказываниями о желании исламских фундаменталистов основать новый Халифат. Таким сенсационным образом Путин представляет войну России против Чечни, как борьбу своей страны с международным исламским терроризмом. Но так ли это на самом деле?

Попытки России подавить чеченских повстанцев - это еще одна кровавая глава в двухсотлетней колониальной политики России, начавшейся захвата кавказских горцев во время жестокой тридцатилетней войны. Эта война не закончилась и с приходом советской власти, и в 1944 году все чеченское население было насильно депортировано в Центральную Азию.

Пятьдесят лет спустя президент Ельцин возобновил войну, когда Чеченцы вновь подняли вопрос независимости. Таким образом, с исторической точки зрения, более верно сравнивать сегодняшнюю чеченскую войну с другими большими войнами времен деколонизации, как, например, кровавая французская война в Алжире, чем с «Столкновением цивилизаций» или войной с терроризмом.

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