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Friday, October 25, 2002

Prayers and Good Luck To Putin In Moscow

There but for the grace of God go we. The hostage situation is Moscow is stunning, and I can scarcely imagine plausible scenarios with a happy ending. Prayers and good luck.

And for the US? It seems totally inappropriate, but we probably should pause and consider how it affects us. My guess is that we will see Russia more inclined to support us at the UN on Iraq, in exchange for a continued US blind eye towards Russian action in Chechnya. If not, it will be because, at this point, the Russians won't be worried about international reaction, or anything else - this will be their 9/11. If bombing a few apartment buildings could start a war (or was it the KGB?), this will surely not end it.

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