Monday, October 18, 2004

Putin: Terrorists In Iraq Targeting President Bush

At the Central Asian Cooperation Organization summit in Tajikistan, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the terrorists in Iraq are aiming to hurt the re-election hopes of President Bush:

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says terrorist attacks in Iraq are aimed at preventing the re-election of U.S. President George W. Bush and that a Bush defeat "could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world."

Putin, speaking Central Asian Cooperation Organization summit in Tajikistan Monday, made his most overt comments of support so far for the re-election of Bush for a second term.

"Any unbiased observer understands that attacks of international terrorist organizations in Iraq, especially nowadays, are targeted not only and not so much against the international coalition as against President Bush," Putin said.

"International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term.

"If they succeed in doing that, they will celebrate a victory over America and over the entire anti-terror coalition," Putin said.

"In that case, this would give an additional impulse to international terrorists and to their activities, and could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world."

This is what thinking people in the United States understand, and it has been written about previously on A Time For Choosing here in response to an article written by Lt. Col. Powl Smith of the US Army titled "Facing Our Own Madrid - In Iraq".

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