Updated 3:40PM (est), December 31st, 2013
After two terrorist bombings in Volgograd, with a death toll now at 34, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a New Year’s message from Khabarovsk in the Far East, vowing to “strongly and decisively continue the battle against terrorists until their total annihilation.” Dozens of people have been detained in Volgograd while the investigation proceeds. In the Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, three suspected terrorists who were alleged to be planning attacks in Russia over the holidays were killed in a counter-terror operation.
Lyndon LaRouche noted today that the Russian government will not sit back in the face of this terrorist assault, that they will act pre-emptively to crush it at the source, knowing that they are facing the threat of war — extinction war. LaRouche added that we in the United States and elsewhere must act as the Russians are now acting — and in particular we must remove Obama from the White House immediately if we are to stop war.
Putin was in the Far East to address the victims of the devastating floods in that region. “We bow down before the victims of the terrible acts of terror,” he said. “We will remain confident, tough and consistent in our fight to destroy the terrorists completely. We shall support all the victims; we shall implement everything we planned; we will build and restore everything that needs to be built and restored.” But he also noted that “we have many achievements to speak of in the outgoing year. Our country has become better, richer, and more comfortable; we persistently promote our interests in international affairs. Therefore, today we are sincerely happy to welcome in the New Year with hope and dreams of the future…. We look into the future with optimism.”
Both the US and the British issued condolences to Russia over the terrorist incidents, while also implying that they should be brought in to “protect” the Sochi Olympics. Caitlin Hayden, an NSC spokesperson, condemned the attacks, and said that the US “stands in solidarity with the Russian people against terrorism. The U.S. government has offered our full support to the Russian government in security preparations for the Sochi Olympic Games, and we would welcome the opportunity for closer cooperation for the safety of the athletes, spectators, and other participants.”
Cameron wrote: “I’m shocked and saddened by the Volgograd attacks. I’ve written to President Putin to say the UK will help Russia in whatever way we can.”
The International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wrote to Putin expressing “confidence in the Russian authorities to deliver safe and secure Games in Sochi…. I am certain that everything will be done to ensure the security of the athletes and all the participants of the Olympic Games.”
The sovereign nation of Russia has been under considerable attack in recent weeks, and threatened by the Chechnyans, Uighers, and others, well known to be the instruments of Saudi Arabia directly, and the Anglo-Dutch Empire. Here are some of the significant events on this story from the recent days.
Wahhabi Terror Attacks Against Russia Escalate
A second suicide bomber carried out an attack yesterday on a trolley bus in Volgograd, Russia, killing 14 and wounding 27. It was the second day in a row that a suicide attack was conducted in the southern Russian city. In an attack on the main train station yesterday, a suicide bomber killed 17 people and wounded 40 more.
While the Western media have focused all of the news coverage on the February 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the reality is, as Lyndon LaRouche has been warning, that Russia is targeted for major destabilization and provocation that could escalate all the way to global thermonuclear war. Following the second suicide bombing, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the National Anti-Terrorism Committee to escalate counter-terrorism operations all over the country.
All told, there have been at least 32 serious terrorist attacks inside Russia this year. Russian authorities are investigating Wahhabi recruitment and terror training facilities in Dagestan and Abkhazia. In June, Doku Umarov, known as the “Russian bin Laden,” posted a video calling for an escalating campaign of terrorism on behalf of the “Caucasus Emirates” which he purports to run. Russian anti-terror police killed a top Umarov deputy, Islam Atiev, in Petrovskoye, Dagestan on Dec. 28.
The entire Caucasus region has been thoroughly penetrated by Saudi-funded jihadist terrorists who have been operating in the region since the fall of the Soviet Union two decades ago. And there are growing reports of Wahhabi clerics recruiting Russian nationals to the Saudi fundamentalist cause.
In 2000, the Russian government had filed a series of diplomatic protests to the British government, over open recruitment of Islamist terrorists at mosques throughout the U.K.
Earlier this year, Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief and 9/11 sponsor Prince Bandar bin Sultan openly threatened to unleash Wahhabi terrorism against Russia, in a meeting in Moscow with President Putin, unless Russia agreed to support the overthrow of Syria’s President Assad.
In the aftermath of these brutal assaults, the Foreign Ministry of Russia has publicly given assurance of their resolve.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry: Russia will not Retreat in face of Terror
The Foreign Ministry of Russia issued this statement on the Volgograd bombings:
“This new strike, cynically planned for the eve of the New Year, is yet another attempt to open a domestic front, sow panic and chaos, incite ethnic strife and conflicts in Russian society.
“We shall not retreat, but continue our tough and consistent battle with a crafty enemy who knows no borders and can only be stopped by joint efforts. The criminal attacks in Volgograd, like the terrorist attacks in the USA, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Nigeria and other countries are organized on the same model and inspired from the same quarters.” The statement then criticizes politicians and analysts (evidently meaning in the West) who try to divide terrorists into “good” and “wrong” ones, depending on which geopolitical goals they pursue, saying that this is a dangerous line, “in the context of the continuous, openly provocational calls from guerrilla leaders like Doku Umarov to unite forces under the flag of jihad and recruit new fighters for the terrorist war.”
This approach has boomeranged in the past, with tragic consequences. “Terrorism is always a crime, for which punishment must be mandatory. Today, as never before, unified condemnation of terrorism is needed, along with genuine international solidarity against it and the ideology of violence and extremism that fosters it.”
The Ministry thanked international leaders for decisive condemnation, right after the UN Security Council statement of Dec. 29, and also thanked Ban Ki Moon.
In light of these attacks, and the renewed motion in the U.S. Congress for the release of the 28 pages of the 9-11 report, many around the globe have identified the source of these attacks, Saudi Arabia, implicitly identifying the Queen of England, and the Anglo-Dutch oligarchy.
Fingers Point at Saudis, Strategic aim behind Volgograd Bombings
Russian commentators are discussing the Volgograd terrorism as being aimed not only at disrupting the Sochi Olympics, but at instigating ethnic strife and “breaking up Russia.” Many of them point a finger at Saudi Arabia.
Maxim Shevchenko, an incisive commentator who has often written about “big war” scenarios involving the Russian south, warned yesterday in a column for Zavtra, that the worst short-term outcome for Russia would be a surge in calls from radical nationalists and liberals alike, to let the Caucasus go. The government should counter this tendency, Shevchenko wrote, with a clear and firm position of consolidating all anti-terror civic forces, both secular and religious, and excluding from the media any outbursts of Islamophobia or Caucasusophobia which only breed extremism. On the geopolitical level, Shevchenko wrote that Russia’s key Eurasian ties with other nations are targeted by the attacks: The Volga is Russia’s main transport artery with Iran. Its value for the Moscow-Beijing-Tehran triangle is enormous. The creation of a long-lasting hotbed of terrorism on the Volga transport artery and an active Wahhabite (and therefore anti-Shi’a and anti-Iranian) underground there, using the model whereby a police crackdown breeds hostility and turns an area into fertile ground for terrorist recruitment, is a promising undertaking. Shevchenko pointed out that in Syria the Wahhabite anti-Shi’a factor was deliberately pumped up by Saudi Arabia, along with Israeli and certain U.S. circles.
Kommersant analyst Sergey Strokan noted that Volgograd, formerly called Stalingrad, is viewed as a “sacred place” in Russia since World War II, given that “this is the place, which in the history books stands as an indelible monument to the unconquerable spirit the Soviet-Russian people.”
From the Western side, London Guardian columnist Neil Clark, an anti-war and anti-neo-conservative blogger, called for Western nations to do more than condemn the Volgograd terrorism verbally; they must be taken as seriously as an attack in New York or in London. “The West should change its [alliance] with Saudi Arabia which is a major sponsor of radical Islamic groups throughout the world. The trouble is, if you look at Syria for example, the West is actually on the same side as the terrorists because of its relations with Saudi Arabia and Israel, who both want the regime in Syria to be removed,” he said in an interview with Russia Today, published today.
Well known writer Benediktov has been one of the most explicit, outside of Lyndon LaRouche, in identifying Saudi Arabia, as the proximate cause of all of these terror attacks.
Benediktov: Now is the time to Stop Saudi-Backed Terrorism
After the Volgograd train station bombing, Russian writer Kirill Benediktov, a regular columnist for Izvestia and member of the editorial board at the Terra America website, yesterday called for Russia to seize the moment to revise our attitude toward terrorism in general, and aggressive Wahhabism in particular. Writing in Izvestia, he presented the case for decisive moves to end Saudi Arabia’s nurturing of terrorism abroad, as well as for harsh measures within Russia.
Benediktov zeroed in on the two trips to Russia by Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan in recent months, in the wake of which came British and Arabic press leaks describing his purpose as extortion. Those reports claimed that Bandar had pressured the Russian leadership to compromise on Syria: in exchange for the Kremlin’s withdrawing support for Assad, the prince was allegedly offering guarantees for the protection of the Sochi Olympics against acts of terror. While those reports remain unconfirmed, said Benediktov, “there is no doubt that the Salafite regimes of the Gulf, especially Saudi Arabia, have supported Wahhabite terrorism.”
Right now, the Russian journalist argued, when Riyadh has lost some of the support it previously enjoyed from the U.S.A., “Russia has unprecedented room for maneuver.” In particular, he suggested that Russia could work together with the United States and with Iran, to weaken the influence of the Salafites throughout Southwest Asia. “Hostile actions against Russia by countries like the Gulf monarchies,” he said, “even if veiled in cryptopolitical form, should receive an adequate response. Russia is now strong enough to be able to take unfriendly action vis a vis regimes that for many years have exploited a Wahhabite fifth column to destabilize our country.” (This last sentence was played up yesterday in a BBC broadcast.)
Benediktov noted that when a suicide bomber hit Volgograd this past fall, killing eight people in the first large-scale such attack since the Domodedovo Airport bombing in January 2011, there was some question as to whether the woman had been headed for Moscow, and why she had stopped in Volgograd. Now it is clear that Volgograd has become a target in its own right. One reason is that “the city that went down in world history as Stalingrad, is the city of immortal fame of Russian arms and courage.” An attack on Volgograd is an assault on Russian civilization, he wrote.
The new attacks also indicate “the high probability that a powerful Wahhabite underground has come into existence in recent years,” in a city known for high crime levels and disorder, and that it would be a staging ground for attacks throughout the Volga River basin, even if the bombs are assembled in Dagestan. “Therefore a number of extremely harsh measures should be taken in the immediate future, to identify this underground, and these measures must involve the legitimate leaders of the Muslim community.” Benediktov called the Volga Basin terror offensive part of a well-designed and foreign-supported “business plan” against Russia, which would likely escalate in the month before the Sochi Olympics.
Benediktov called for as harsh as possible a response to acts of terror within Russia, using techniques employed in Israel and even exiling the families of terrorists to remote locations in Siberia, so that the notion of glory through terrorism will be undermined.
Kirill Benediktov is a popular science fiction author and an expert on space exploration, besides his journalistic work. He spoke at the April 2013 Frankfurt conference of the Schiller Institute, on the defense of Earth against asteroids and planets.