Check out this Vladimir Putin op-ed published in the New York Times in 1999 and post your thoughts in the comments…
Why We Must Act
By Vladimir Putin
Published: November 14, 1999
When President Clinton and I met in Oslo earlier this month, we discussed the situation in Chechnya. Accounts of that conversation in the American media, understandably, emphasized the president’s warnings about the impact of Russia’s military operations. Because we value our relations with the United States and care about Americans’ perception of us, I want to explain our actions in clear terms.
To do so, I ask you to put aside for a moment the dramatic news reports from the Caucasus and imagine something more placid: ordinary New Yorkers or Washingtonians, asleep in their homes. Then, in a flash, hundreds perish in explosions at the Watergate, or at an apartment complex on Manhattan’s West Side. Thousands are injured, some horribly disfigured. Panic engulfs a neighborhood, then a nation.
Russians do not have to imagine such a calamity. More than 300 of our citizens in Moscow and elsewhere suffered that fate earlier this year when bombs detonated by terrorists demolished five apartment blocks.
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