Well I am hardly with Dave or Chris on this stuff. Positive to self determination but 
defeatist between Moscow and the Islamic Fundamentalists. However Rob raises and 
interesting question in that the west who have "supported" Yeltsin in lack of anything 
else now are faced with a real dilema. 

And the main imperialist powers (especially Germany and the US) might find themselves 
in and escalating rivalry over this stuff.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Rob Schaap <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Wednesday, November 10, 1999 2:53 PM
Subject: Re: M-TH: Chechnya - the revolutionary answer

> G'day Chris'n'Dave,
> I'm with Chris on Chechnya (well, we were due an agreement, I reckon - and
> I don't see how threatening to withold funds that only ever find their way
> into aparatchik/mob/financier pockets is gonna hurt too many), but leaving
> the little matter of murder on a grand scale aside for a minute, there's
> some value to be had in anything that drives a wedge between Boris'n'Bill
> and/or exacerbates the distance between Boris and his plentiful opponents
> as early as possible (one can only surmise how another year or two of
> corruption, mass suffering and bereavement might lift the Russian far
> right's stocks - anyone know anything about this Barazov character?).  With
> great chunks of Eastern Europe evincing a left-turn, the time might be
> right to have a contest for the Kremlin about now.  Another embarrassment
> for Yeltsin might be just the ticket, I reckon.  His administration (never
> mind the old bastard hisself) has gotta be living on borrowed time, no?  A
> western-inspired Russian retreat saves lives now and might just give the
> Russian left the leg-up it needs in potentially auspicious times.
> Or am I speculating above and beyond the call of reason?
> Cheers,
> Rob.
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