Three years after a wave of guerrilla and terrorist attacks caused many analysts to say that Russiaâ€™s war against Chechen separatists could not be won, the republic has fallen almost fully under the control of the Kremlin and its indigenous proxies, led by Ramzan A. Kadyrov, the Chechen president. Mr. Kadyrovâ€™s human rights record is chilling, and allegations of his governmentâ€™s patterns of brutality and impunity are widespread. Yet even his most severe critics say he has developed significant popular support, in part because of the clear changes that have accompanied his firm and fearsome rule.American neoconservatives' greatest fear must be that our fascists won't be as competent as the Russian fascists.
Texts & subtexts sketch a pallid nightmare in this NY Times story: Grozny is the Baghdad of the future. Hasn't this been the real plan all along?