As of late, Russia has been the victim of five differentiated yet consecutive suicide bombings in highly populated major cities. With the most recent of these tragic events occurring just before New Year’s Eve in Volgograd (formerly known as Stalingrad), one would arrive at the conclusion that such maleficent news would be of an infrequent nature. However, because of the recent news of the ever-growing and threatening dangers associated with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the American news and media community has now shed light that these fatal attacks have evidently been occurring quite frequently throughout the past 15 years. Four currently sought after suicide bombers are currently in the surrounding area.
In addition, Sochi lies just south of where a well-known terrorist faction, popularly recognized as the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus, has been promising harm to the Olympic Games for the better part of the past year. The Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus openly trains Islamic militants on Russian soil and were one of the first outspoken supporters of al-Qaeda in the early 1990s. They are formerly recognized as having carried out several attacks of significant proportions across Russia throughout the years and remain a rather grave security concern.
Recently, the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus has focused much attention on the process of recruiting those who will carry out their message to extremist levels. One demographic this specific organization has placed much focus on is more commonly known as the “Black Widows.” Black Widows are female suicide bombers who strongly believe in making martyrs of themselves in the name of Islamist Jihad. Referred to as the Black Widows with just cause, these women typically have lost their husbands or another family member as a result of the Chechen wars, during which Russia had violently combated Islamist extremists. Usually poor and drunken with the desire for revenge, these women make for easy targets of recruitment for organizations such as the Islamic Emirate of the Caucasus.
With over 10,000 American athletes and spectators expected to be in attendance, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently stated the United States would be able to save the thousands of American lives that would be in Sochi should an attack were to occur during the upcoming Olympic Winter Games. This is not exactly the type of mindset or expectation that should be ideal in the wake of the world’s biggest international sporting event, but it is indisputably necessary in nature. The mindset and expectation I speak of is one shared by many nations across the world, that being fear. More importantly, it seems as if this fear is warranted, as there is a legitimate national security threat this time. Normally when al-Qaeda releases a video, we look the other way with a blind eye, but it’s hard not to do that in Russia’s case. So why are we risking it?
“As of right now, the Russians have not requested any specific assistance or technology. We want them to know that if they need our help, we want to help,” Hagel divulged at a Pentagon press conference this past Friday.
With the United States announcing its plans of stationing two U.S. Navy Warships nearby somewhere in the Black Sea during the Olympic games, what Putin needs to do is realize is that there is a difference between security and control within a nation-state. Having security is possible, even if you are merely a state where not only extremists live, but also openly train in militias. Only in countries like that of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and a few others can that card genuinely be shown. However, Putin does not have the luxury of both, as the United States will unfortunately be forced to deal with the potentially drastic consequences. Thanks to a corrupt selection committee driven only by profit, we have now learned that they will not only undermine the games, but they will enhance the dictator’s image—a dictator who harbors our enemies at home and across the globe.
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