Have Americans Heard Of Any Of These Countries Related To The Boston Bombings
Of course I have. I listen to Gogol Bordello, for God's sake!
Yes, and some of us have actually *been* there. Sorry your worldview is so narrow.
Yes. The U.S. has a base in Kyrgyzstan to supply its operations in Afghanistan.
You guys are so full of shit.
Like Chechnya? Yes. We've heard of it. They tried to break away from Russia in the 90s and create an independent country, causing a prolonged conflict in the region. It's located in the Caucasus and predominantly Muslim.
Why would any American know those places? Carmen Sandiego didn't go there so we never heard of Chechnya.
They're not only mentioning Russia and Chechnya. There's other countries as well. I bet Americans at large (and they are large) don't even know the history of these countries. They couldn't point to them on a map if their lives depended on it.
Russia is the only country being mentioned.
Or is OP unaware that Chechnya and Dagestan aren't countries?
In all fairness, R7, it's not just Americans who are ignorant of geography. If you've spent much time abroad, you come away amazed at how ignorant many people are of the world.
Chechnyans do this shit in Moscow all the time
You're giving Americans a lot of credit to assume they've heard of Russia.
Of course we've heard of Chechnya. It's a Muslim region of Russia that has been fighting for independence. Russia has fought two brutal wars to suppress them. The separatists killed hundreds of people in a theater, and a school and placed many bombs in Moscow.
[quote]On October 23, 2002, over 40 terrorists took more than 700 hostages prisoner at a Moscow theater. The hostage-takers demanded an end to the Russian presence in Chechnya, and threatened to execute the hostages if their conditions were not met. The siege ended violently on October 26, when Russian troops were forced to storm the building after the detonation of some explosive devices inside. Many casualties resulted from the fact that unconscious victims' airways were blocked and sub-optimal care was given during the rescue. In particular, the failure of Russian authorities to equip their troops with opioid antidotes and their efforts to conceal the identity of the gas for days afterward hindered efforts to save the lives of the stricken hostages.
On November 2 Basayev assumed responsibility for the attack and apologized to Maskhadov for not informing him of the plan.
[quote]On September 1, 2004, a group of 32 heavily-armed, masked men seized control of Middle School Number One and more than 1,000 hostages in Beslan, North Ossetia. Most of the hostages were children aged from six to sixteen years old. Following a tense two-day standoff punctuated by occasional gunfire and explosions, Alpha Group of the FSB raided the building. The fighting lasted more than two hours; ultimately 331 civilians, 11 commandos and 31 hostage-takers died.
Russian officials publicly linked Baseyev and Maskhadov to the attack. Baseyev claimed responsibility in a September 17 website publication; Maskhadov denounced the attacks and denied involvement. The carnage at Beslan and the outcry it caused has had an unexpected effect on the tactics employed by Chechen separatists and their allies.
So the typical DL twats are out in force today trashing Americans. Oh how cute.
American from the deep south here... If you are so smart Mr. OP please enlighten us. How exactly does bombing a marathon in a country that granted one's family asylum in order to escape the violence of your native country further one's cause? The US has no influence over Russia... so what is the point here?
The middle east has its gripes and bitches that have to do with Israel and Palestine, but what exactly do we have to do with the cluster fuck in southern Russia? They don't exactly give a shit about our opinion...
Was it just for attention?
The Slate has a good article about the Caucasus and its regions.