It had to start sometime

Despite beheading videos having gone out of style for Jihadis in Iraq, it seems that one Russian extremist group is starting to copy the tactic. According to Radio Free Europe,

A Russian ultranationalist group has posted a video on its websites that appears to show the execution-style killing of two men from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Two men are seen kneeling on the ground in a forest, their arms and legs tied up. A large flag with a Nazi swastika stands in the background. “We’ve been arrested by the Russian National Socialists,” one of the two men says.

A third man walks up to the captives and beheads one of them with a knife. The second captive is shot in the head and falls forward into a freshly dug grave.Two masked men then raise their arms in a Nazi salute.

It is only a matter of time until the tactics of radical Islamists and insurgents in Iraq spread elsewhere, both geographically and ideologically. In fact, many already have as the video demonstrates and as similar tactics pop up in Afghanistan, Nigeria, Mexico and elsewhere. Coincidentally, this comes as a section of the main railroad between St. Petersburg and Moscow was destroyed and a train derailed by an IED.

As John Robb notes in Brave New War, Russia has long suffered such incidents, and although nowhere near as often reported as those in Iraq, are just as disturbing. In 2004, gas and oil pipelines all over the country were bombed and power lines severed. In the largest country in the world and one of the most sparsely populated, it seems that global guerrillas could just as easily use Russia’s energy as a weapon as the Russian government does. Interestingly, it would be an interesting counterattack option not just for Georgia, as Robb often notes, should Russia ever come into conflict with Europe and cut energy supplies.

About Chirol

Sir Ignatius Valentine Chirol (1852 - 1929) was a journalist, prolific author, world historian, and British diplomat. He began his career as a foreign correspondent and later became editor of the London Times. After two decades as a journalist he joined Her Majesty's Foreign Ministry as a diplomat and was subsequently knighted for his distinguished service as a foreign affairs advisor. Additionally, he wrote a dozen books on foreign affairs including The Far Eastern Question (1896), Serbia and the Serbs (1914), The End of the Ottoman Empire (1920) and The Egyptian Problem (1921). He is generally credited with popularizing "Middle East" in reference to the Arabian Peninsula with his book The Middle Eastern Question (1903). "Chirol" is a US citizen and graduate student studying Defense and Strategic Studies and government contractor. As with the historical Chirol, he has traveled to over two dozen countries and lived abroad for many years. Chirol speaks English and German fluently with basic knowledge of manyl of others.
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3 Responses to It had to start sometime

  1. subadei says:

    This ranks right around 9.5 on the not good scale. Ones wonders when the first IED detonates in an American city as gangs begin adopting tactics in similar fashion. This, I think, is the essence of John’s GG theory. Not a set group hellbent on accomplishing the specific goal of “X” but a more of a viral set of tactics as various subgroups realize the potential for success in engaging in small scale attacks that wreak large scale effects both economically and societally. The real effect is disruption the ideological effect is empowerment (both in the eyes of the attackers and the victims.)

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