This is the war that will run regardless of the fact, whether you like it or not. This is not a war that will be handsome, chivalrous and sublimely romantic – it will be a long bloody and dirty work that needs to be done.
Putin started the Second Chechen campaign, which, despite all the sacrifices and all the stress led not only to the preservation of Chechnya within Russia, but also to the preservation of Russia itself. To the terrorists in Moscow Putin responded with all reasonable cruelty unwavering power. The attacks could have undermined the resolve and shattered the will of any Russian leader of the period. But they did not. Because in the end there was Putin