Friday, May 30, 2008

Reason #21 To Fly A Peace Globe ~ Chechnya

Reason #21....

The Second Chechen War

Began 1999

with a series of coordinated terrorist bombings on apartment buildings in Russia. Vladimir Putin responded by ordering air strikes on the city of Grozny; and the war began.

Unofficial casualty conservatively estimates 25,000 - 50,000 ~ mostly civilians
Many Chechnens have reportedly "disappeared" in this conflict.

Estimated 5,000 people disappeared in Chechnya since 1999 and are believe to be buried in several dozen mass graves. Hundreds of thousands were forced to leave their homes.

WHERE? Russia: Chechnya in the Caucasus mountain region
WHO? The Russian Federation and Chechen loyalists and Chechen rebels

WHY? In a bizarre twist of terror in the fall of 2004, a group of heavily armed rebels, some wearing explosive belts, and calling for an end to the Russian/Chechen conflict, stormed a school and took 1,100 school children hostage. The Beslan School hostage crisis was televised all over the world. I remember watching the development unfold. When the Russian military stormed the school to rescue the children, a gun battle ensued resulting in 186 children losing their lives and many more killed and wounded.
The crisis in Chechnya has drawn international attention due to acts of terrorism against civilians and human rights violations. Both sides have been accused of violations of international humanitarian law.

Civilians were victims of a series of bombings and although Russian officials have declared since 2006 that the war is over, the separatists entrenched in the mountains deny this is true and sporadic violence still occurs in the hills of northern Caucasus.
Link to an informative article

The Thirty Days Thirty Reasons Series: There are more than thirty ongoing violent conflicts waging right now around the globe. The United Nations defines Major Wars as military conflict inflicting 1,000 battlefield deaths per year. Wikipedia expands that definition to include wars that cause destruction and humanitarian crisis of outstanding severity." Ongoing civil wars fueled by racial, ethnic, or religious differences come with a new twist that distinguishes them from wars in previous generations - civilian casualties. During World War I non-combatants made up less than 5% of casualties. Today, the number is a staggering 75% civilians killed or wounded. In less than thirty days we will engage in another BlogBlast For Peace. By my research and estimation, there are at LEAST 30 very good reasons to fly a peace globe. To begin your activism. To increase our awareness of the suffering of others. To talk about peace. To write about peace. To be part of a larger voice for peace. To invoke peace. To pray for peace. To focus on peace.
To wage peace

I am appalled by the needless suffering in my world.
If words are powerful, then this matters.

Come on. Join the Revolution.
How To Get Your Peace Globe

Images: Fair Use, Creative Commons License 2.5, photographer Mikhail Evstafiev

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Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

I am waiting for the tale of the great Vacume Cleaner War of Banister. Sorry, couldn't resist...

Mimi Lenox said...

Bud - Ha ha ha....very funny, wiseguy. I'm not sure folks would find it as funny as you did. But then again, you could be right.
As soon as I untangle my pants from the beast I'll give it some thought....

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