That Whole “Banality of Evil” Thing | Coyote Blog

I can’t help thinking of Adolf Eichmann when I look at 1) our Elvis-impersonating terrorist who thinks the local hospital is hoarding body parts and 2) the Chechnyan Beavis and Butthead who managed to kill and maim scores of people despite being bigger screw-ups than the entire Reservoir Dogs gang.

Don’t let your freedoms be taken away by people who say such and such a place or event is vulnerable or open to attack. If these guys can successfully terrorize people, there can’t be any way to stop serious threats short of a North Korean police state. Every occasion and location is theoretically vulnerable. Our best protection is to build a society that eschews violence. And, when someone does go off the farm, we want a society where there is no general toleration for the act. In Chechnya or Syria or Iraq, these two boneheads would likely have found help and protection from some percentage of the population. Not so in Boston, or anywhere else in America.

PS- Today must have been CNN’s wet dream. This was like a real-life version of the Running Man (the enjoyable Richard Bachman aka Steven King book, not the awful movie), with similarly high ratings.

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The Battle for Grozny, Timothy L. Thomas | GlobalSecurity.org

The Battle for Grozny, 31 December 1994 thru 8 February 1995

by Timothy L. Thomas

The Chechen Republic of the Russian Federation is located in the federation’s southwestern corner near the Caspian Sea.  It covers approximately 6,500 square miles, measuring nearly 100 miles by 70 miles at its widest points. Several terrain features dominate the republic. In the north, there is a plain that runs nearly 35-40 miles until it empties into the center of Chechnya where Grozny is located.  The foothills begin south of Grozny and run close to 20 miles until they merge into the Caucasus Mountains in the south.  Elevations in Chechnya range from 200 feet in the northern plains to 12,000 feet in the mountains.  The republic has one major river, the Terek, which runs west to east across the plains in the north of Chechnya …. go here via Combat Studies Institute.