The Komsomolskaya Pravda thinks so:
Американская комиссия по безопасности и сотрудничеству в Европе (ее еще называют “хельсинской комиссией”, в которую входят конгрессмены, а также представители госдепартамента и министерства обороны) весьма своеобразно откликнулась на теракты в московском метро. Высокопоставленные правозащитники эти акции… практически оправдали.
«Архитекторы российской политики на Северном Кавказе не ездят в метро, – говорится в заявлении комиссии. – А совершенные теракты – это крик о помощи, призывающий к прекращению насилия и ликвидации бедности в Чечне и соседних регионах». Вот так! Надо, мол, понять “несчастных террористов”, хотя взрывали они обычных пассажиров подземки, не имеющих отношения к большой политике.
The American Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (also named Helsinki Commission, in which includes legislators, as well as representatives of the State Departmane, and the Defense Department) had a very peculiar way to respond to terrorists acts in the Moscow subway. Senior defenders of these actions…practically justified.
“The architects of the Russian policy in the Northern Caucasus don’t ride the metro, – said the commission in a statement. A committed terrorist act is a cry for help, calling for an end to violence and the eradication of poverty in Chechnya and neighbouring regions.” Wow! We must, they say, understand the “poor terrorists”, even though they blew up subway passengers that had nothing to do with politics.
The paper goes on to point out that had Russians reacted in that way to the September 11 terrorist attacks and said that the airplanes flown into the towers were “a desperate attempt to draw attention to Washington’s desire to dictate its policies to the rest of the world,” it would have been severly criticised for its cynicysm. But if Russia is concerned, it is for some reason easy to change the ‘plus’ into a ‘minus, Komsomolskaya Pravda writes.
I found the statement here and in its entirety it reads:
U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement regarding this morning’s explosions on the Moscow subway system:
“We and the American people stand with the Russian people in sympathy and solidarity in the wake of this tragic loss of lives. We are encouraged by Prime Minister Putin’s call to find and punish the criminals responsible for this barbaric act.”
“The architects of Russia’s North Caucasus policy don’t ride the metro, especially not at eight in the morning. These attacks targeted innocent working class people on their way to jobs and schools. If you improve security on these trains, the killers will simply find a softer target. While this attack hit Moscow, it serves as a cry for help to end the violence and poverty in Chechnya and neighboring regions that engender the desperation that makes these sorts of incidents more likely.”
So, read in context it seems less bad than Komsomolskaya Pravda understands it. However, the statement really can be read as trying to justify the terrorist attacks.
Personally, I am opposed to any form of violence except in extreme cases of self-defense when everything else was tried and didn’t work. And even then the use of force is only justified against the agressor himself but not against innocent third parties.
So there cannot be any justification to blowing up innocent civilians.
But of course, you can argue this issue from the side of cause-and-effect and point out, that every conflict has its history and that violence begets violence. It is not sure that this will lead you somewhere else than very far back in history.
However, when you argue this way, you should at least be consistent and clean up your own mess first before asking others to take a closer look at their actions that might have caused the violence.
But, if argued from this angle, shouldn’t the US have a closer look at its own policies that might have caused the September 11 terrorist attacks?
If this is not an option for the US then they should refrain from asking others to do that which they themselves are incapable or unwilling of doing. Or in other words, then they should shut the fuck up.