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Tom's Take

April 5th, 2010
12:19 PM ET
Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane

Sr. Writer for Amanpour, Tom Evans, works on scripts with Christiane

On AMANPOUR. today, we look at the legacy of the wars in Chechnya after the terror attacks on the Moscow subway network. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s hard-line position may win him support on the home front, but is it really possible to crush separatist movements in the North Caucasus without sweeping political reforms in the region? The North Caucasus is one of the stories making news today. Here are some perspectives.

Tom Evans

Sr. Writer, AMANPOUR.

RUSSIA – Is the North Caucasus region on the brink of a new explosion of violence?

–          Suicide bomber kills at least two police officers and wounds four others in Russian republic of Ingushetia

–          Bombing the latest in a series of attacks, including double bombing on Moscow subway that killed at least 39 people on March 29

–          Analysts: radical Islamist rebels have broadened insurgency from Chechnya to entire North Caucasus region in recent years

QUESTION:  Will Russian efforts to crush the insurgency have any lasting impact without political reforms to make regional governments in the North Caucasus more accountable to the people?

PAKISTAN – Have insurgents launched a new offensive against U.S. targets in Pakistan?

–          Three explosions near the U.S. Consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar kill at least six people, including two Pakistani employees of the consulate

–          Blasts came hours after a suicide attack killed 30 people and wounded 50 others in another part of the North West Frontier Province of Pakistan

–          Attacks come as U.S. maintains its unmanned drone offensive against suspected insurgent targets in border region of Pakistan

QUESTION:  Has Pakistan become a battlefield between the U.S., and the Taliban and al Qaeda?

SOUTH AFRICA – Will South Africa remain peaceful after the murder of a notorious white supremacist leader?

–          South African President Jacob Zuma appeals for calm after killing of Eugene Terreblanche in an apparent dispute over workers’ wages at his farm

–          Terreblanche’s neo-Nazi movement, the AWB, also appeals for restraint

–          His death comes at a time of increasing racial polarization in South Africa

QUESTION:  Is killing of Terreblanche a symptom of increasing tensions between white and blacks in South Africa or simply a reflection of the high rate of violent crime there?

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  1. Sayan Majumdar

    While battling the terrorists there should be no room for complacency. Once the guard is let down disaster will strike.


    April 5, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  2. Free American

    Didn't the Russians learn a painful lesson in Afghanistan? Their decision to invade and occupy Afghanistan resulted in their defeat. They ran away with their tail exposed and under fire....LOL...
    It seems to me that the current Russian Rulers are "imitators" (aka Monkeying) the previous Bush/Cheney (aka Cheney/Bush) administration with its CRUSADERS mentality.
    The CRUSADERS occupied Jerusalem for 200 years but they were defeated by ONE Salahdin.
    It is just a matter of time until the Russians confront another Salahdin who will liberate his people from the Russians.
    The same applies to the Palestinians. There will be be another Salahdin who will send the European/Russian/American Jews to their FIRST homes and make them forget their SECOND homes in occupied Jerusalem.... Just like the CRUSADERS.

    April 6, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Reply
  3. Peter Martin

    The report on the level of the insurgency in Moscow is very poignant and has profound consequences if misrepresented. Nice job on the through and balanced reporting.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Reply

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