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The Road from Riyadh to Beslan

How Islamists hijacked the Chechen separatist movement.

Sep 20, 2004, Vol. 10, No. 02 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
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Be that as it may, the decisive struggle to prevent atrocities like Beslan from being repeated will happen at the source, which is Saudi. We cannot, at this late date, expect Putin to suddenly come to his senses and find new Chechen allies capable of isolating the terrorists. Rather, we should recall the end of the Cold War. Once the Kremlin stopped financing world communism, the phenomenon nearly disappeared from the planet. If America can compel Saudi Arabia to cut off funding for global Wahhabism, the ghastly spectacle of Beslan will not be repeated again and again.

Stephen Schwartz is the author of The Two Faces of Islam.