Saturday, July 15, 2006

Bye Bye Basayev

Before war started breaking out this week, I had intended on discussing the death of one of my least favorite people, Shamil Basayev. Apparently, Basayev had been hiding out in Ingushetia, a republic neighboring Chechnya, when a convoy he was accompanying went kaboom. One of the trucks in the convoy had 22o pounds of dynamite in it and may or may not have exploded accidentally. According to a Federal Security Service chief, this was a planned strike with the help of "the Russian intelligence position abroad." An unnamed security official said that some close to Basayev tipped off his position. Meanwhile, an Ingush official said that the explosion was accidental and occurred while a police operation was being staged to halt a terror attack. Obviously the Russians will claim they had a hand in his death, and why not? It strengthens Putin's domestic position. Whatever the case may be, one of the world's truly evil people is dead and he deserved every ounce of that explosion. If you play with dynamite you will get smeared.


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