When the Soviet Union regime changed herself into the Russian Commonwealth, Chechnya became a laboratory in the past decade featuring a weird hook up of native Chechen separatists and militant jihadists. From all over Central Asia and the ME, rejectionists with an evil penchant for victims, sharia law and explosives have joined forces to replenish al Qaeda and to march the mohammedist movement to continue the attack on anything not remotely resembling a romanticsed reactionary 8th century fantasy.
"Chechens are professional fighters—disciplined and responsible, with a combination of skills, expertise, and character that has made them the most sought-after 'force multipliers' in the jihadist movement."Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Kurdistan, the Balkans, Caucasas, Algeria, Sudan, Kashmir and Azerbijian. Chechens appear wherever Jihadi mini theocracies are in danger of collapsing. Chechens also appear wherever Jihadi theocrcies are exporting murder, mayhem and torment to their neighbors. Chechens appear whenever Vlad needs some mafia style head knocking or military style dark arts influence in old school Soviet Republics that have splintered into an astounding numer of provinces, peoples and independence movements.
Bodansky shares secrets and actually does the kiss and tell routine with secret histories of the two Chechen wars, Caveats about "Chechenization" - a Russian style 'hearts and minds' campaign that failed and transformed the fight from a secular nationalist campaign into a holy war against Mother Russia and the secular, wicked, woman worshipping West.
And, in the most instructive message for Western audiences, he reveals how the Chechen rebellion was eventually crippled by a schism between the jihadists and the Chechen people whose nationalist rebellion they had co-opted—an object lesson in the vulnerability of imposed Caliphatic campaigns around the world.
Great writing, action and plot twists that rival anything from Hollywood, including a sweet scene where Vlad exacts revenge on El Bastardo of the Beslan School Massacre, Bodansky presents a convincing pic from military and intelligence sources from throughout the ME and Central Asia, as well as senior officials in many of the affected nations.
"Chechen Jihad" offers an intimate look, chilling possibilities and possible solutions.