Islam Connection With The Baltic States
Radical Islams local connection
With the world focused on Afghanistan and the war against terrorism, it
would be very easy for even the Baltic governments to forget about the
lawless and undemocratic antics of Alyaksandr Lukashenka in Belarus.
Perhaps no world leader benefited more from the terrorist attacks than
Lukashenka. Just as world scrutiny and condemnation was beginning to
mount after his rigged and falsified presidential election of Sept. 9, the
events in the U.S. two days later took all attention away from Europes last
While the timing of the attacks benefited Lukashenka politically in the short
term, the old collective farm boss should be worried about Moscows new
relationship with the West and NATO.
It has long been known in East European military and intelligence circles
that Moscow has used Lukashenka as a middleman for arms sales to
countries such as Iran or Iraq, where international law or outcry would
prevent such transactions. These days appear to be over, as Vladimir
Putin seems genuinely serious about working with the international
community to fight terrorism.
The risks and headaches of continuing to use Minsk as a proxy for secret
transactions with renegade countries is not worth the relatively small
economic benefits it would bring Russia.
While it would be a positive step if Moscow stopped working with Minsk
on illegal arms
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