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Russia is in a state of war with terrorism. Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov and many other people are saying this or something like this at the moment.
How can we fight terrorism? And is it possible to win this war? We put these questions to two military experts. Colonel General Eduard Vorobyov, deputy chairman of the State Duma defence committee (2nd and 3rd Dumas), deputy commander-in-chief of the Russian Land Forces (1991-1995): In my opinion, the election of Alu Alkhanov president of Chechnya offers us a good chance to settle the situation in the republic and stop the terrorist attacks in Chechnya and outside it. Alu Alkhanov enjoys great respect in Chechen society. I see him as an honest man, unsullied by corruption, and one who can find a common language with any Chechen, including fighters - under the control and with the involvement (even if it is tacit) of the federal authorities. We must keep up the pressure on the bandits. At the same time, we should search for ways to establish contact with them, including with Aslan Maskhadov. Maybe we should not expect him to repent, surrender unconditionally, and face trial. Maybe we should find some other, more flexible and acceptable solution. It need not be talks, as different people, including in Europe, suggest; but maybe it could be contacts. Or some other steps that will allow us to defuse the situation, attain some interim results and, most importantly, stop the bloody war, which the Russian leadership, the Russian or Chechen people, or the international community do not need. Colonel General Georgy Kondratyev, deputy defence minister (1992-1995), chief military expert at the Emergencies Minister holding the rank of deputy minister (from 1995): Our war on terrorism lacks comprehensive approaches and professionalism. We are reacting to situations, striking at the evading tail of the beast. Instead of stating facts and searching for the culprits, we should take pro-active measures. There are culprits, though, because the heads and the staff of the law enforcement and security structures do not feel that they are fighting a round-the-clock war against terrorism. But war is war; it does not tolerate the smallest fraction of self-complacency. We must try to act before the enemy, think what he may do and where he may strike, and prevent these strikes with countermeasures. These may be different countermeasures, including the use of agents and bribing bandits. And we should not be ashamed of the latter, as money is a potent instrument, especially among bandits. I also think that we should launch large-scale special operations in the mountains where the bandits are hiding, and comb the settlements where they are given shelter and support more energetically and carefully. And we need not take into account all the recommendations forced on us by politicians from PACE, the OSCE and other organisations. It is easy for them to be liberal and democratic, as they are not responsible for anything, while we see people killed every day. How long will we tolerate this? We should tighten the regime for identification papers in Moscow, the registration of non-residents and inspection of all suspects - the authorities can certainly do this. The life of ordinary Russians is the greatest value and the authorities must do everything humanly possible to protect it.
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