The Humanitarian Crisis in Chechnya

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The situation in Chechnya is out of hand, a senseless echo of Stalin in a day where the expression of such rank evil should not occur or be tolerated. An interview with a local Chechen refugee solidified my understanding of the situation. However, meeting a survivor face-to-face also made the situation seem more real and therefore much more painful. When asked to comment on the film "Crying Sun," my subject took a deep breath. "This is just like what happened in our village," she said. There were land mines everywhere. The paratroopers came a lot. Once we ran to the neighbor's house barefoot, just like the woman in the movie said. They looted from our homes too. My cousins died. Many Chechens have lived in their respective villages not just for generations, but for centuries. My interview subject revealed her knowledge that many of her ancestors from "a long time ago" were Jewish, and that some of the people trace their tribal lineage to the "Biblical times." There is a sense of senselessness to the killing that transcends rational thought. The so-called "rebels" have been painted as terrorists by the skillful propaganda machine; any rational analysis of the situation in Chechnya reveals the real truth. As Rodrigue (2008) points out, Chechnya is important for the Russians because of access to strategic oil reserves in the Caucasus. "Although some of the Caucasus nations obtained their independence, like Georgia and Armenia in the southern Caucasus, the new Russian
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