Last week, four kidnapped Russian embassy workers were murdered by terrorists in Iraq. You can download a video that includes verses about jihad, the beheading of one hostage, and another hostage being shot in the head. You can read media coverage of this sickening act from Reuters, Euronews, BBC and CNN.
RussiaBlog would like to note three facts not widely mentioned in the Western media. First of all, the Russian Foreign Ministry blames the United States and Coalition forces for not providing better security around the embassies in Baghdad. While it is difficult to hold someone legally responsible for atrocities committed by fanatics, the Russian Foreign Ministry does have a point: why was it so easy to kidnap diplomatic workers only 1,000 feet away from their embassy?
Few countries are willing to maintain embassies in Iraq to conduct relations with the new elected Iraqi government. It seems reasonable to expect the Coalition Forces to provide security for the embassy workers who are in the region. The Russian Foreign Ministry's letter gives the American government a hint that the situation in Iraq not only hasn't improved, but has become more dangerous for foreigners.
The second fact that Westerners need to know about today's news is that these jihadist snuff-films originated in Chechnya, where proud defenders of Allah were mercilessly butchering 18 year old Russian boys ten years ago. The Chechen terrorists have collected so much of this "jihadi porn" that they have even picked out "the best of" clips from videos featuring beheadings, hangings, crucifixions, the cutting off fingers, hands, arms, legs, etc.
The third fact is that many of the jihadist websites glorifying these snuff videos are hosted on servers in Great Britain. In the late 1990s and before 9/11, Western governments and NGOs widely condemned Russia's actions in the separatist Russian province. However, Americans and Europeans are more sympathetic towards Russia now that these jihad movies feature their own kidnapped citizens.
Before murdering the hostages, the self-proclaimed Shura Council of Iraq had demanded that all Russian security forces leave Chechnya and release their "brothers" in jail for terrorism; however they clearly haven't been following recent news from the territory. Chechnya is now ruled by an elected regional government backed by Moscow, and the security situation has improved tremendously there in the last three months. The new Chechen Prime Minister, while implementing some sharia law, has declared that terrorists are not real Muslims, and has declared Jihad against them. Indeed, one of the four hostages murdered by the terrorists in Iraq was a Russian Muslim.
Nonetheless, while some Western analysts try to separate "nationalist" Islamic insurgencies like Chechnya's from terrorist groups claiming global reach like Al-Qaeda, it doesn't matter where the jihadists operate. Whether in Chechnya, Iraq or Palestine, they all consider themselves to be a part of a single worldwide movement. They have all been brainwashed into a belief system that turns the Islamic religion into a death cult and leads to terrible suffering for Muslims and "infidels" alike.