Double Standards: Bandits Are Good, Terrorists Are Bad

For CNN, and actually not only for CNN, the Russian Government and Chechen rebels are almost the same thing.

Already several hours after Baraev captured the audience of the musical Nord-Ost, the main site of Chechen militants became practically inaccessible. The reason why “the main information calibre” of the terrorists broke down so soon is easy to guess. Just after the start of the events, the universally known TV company CNN started to add two links to all its publications about the Moscow tragedy – bringing to Russian Information Centre (official Internet resource of the Russian Government) and to the site

It is very curious how they characterize the links: Russian Government: Official Information and Pro-rebel Website:

Now, about the word “rebel.” It is too weak and too respectful. It is a traditional characteristic of revolutionary parties. Irish separatists are rebels, soldiers of General Washington in time when American colonies battled for their independence from Great Britain were rebels as well. However, brothers-in-arms of bin Laden are terrorists. Do you see the difference?

If you do not trust me, you can look it up. It would be enough just to look through a few CNN articles about bin Laden.

Chechen gunmen are still rebels to CNN. For example the article “Theatre Gunmen Fire at Escapers.” The author never calls the Chechens the politically incorrect word “terrorist”; however, there are “anti-terrorist forces” in the article.

So, how do the US journalists call the Baraev killers? Very blandly: “Chechen gunmen,” “Chechen guerrillas,” “Chechen rebels,” and finally “Chechen dissidents.” Though, these Chechens are never called “killers” or “terrorists.”

The most troublesome thing is that CNN is not alone in its sympathy for Caucasian bandits: The Associated Press - Chechen rebels, Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Chechen rebels and Chechen guerrillas. Why? We know that the hostage-taking in Moscow and the terrorist acts of September 11 in New-York and Washington are links of one chain. Vladimir Putin said directly: “the terrorist act in Moscow was planned outside of Russia.”

If this is so, and Americans admit it, why do well-known TV and radio channels continue to have sympathy for the Chechens. For, the question is not about the Russian President who was first presented his condolences to the US after the September 11 tragedy. The question is that here is about double standards: there are good rebels and bad terrorists.

Today, the US representative to the Asian and Pacific Countries summit, Lawrence Greenwood, said that the US considers the hostage-taking in Moscow as “a form of terrorism.” He said that the US government agrees that the attack on the theatre in Moscow could be characterized as a “terrorist act.” “Yes, we can see here that this is a form of terrorism,” – Greenwood said. Following the US leadership’s logic, the terrorists are under US TV and radio channels patronage. Is it a rebellion?

Dmitry Litvinovich PRAVDA.Ru

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