Jonathan Kay: How did Chechnya’s culture of terror come to Boston?

National Post | Full Comment

For the last week, most of the world has been playing a lurid guessing game in regard to the Boston bombings. Arabs? White supremacists? A loner nut?

But Chechens? Didn’t see that coming — especially Chechens who apparently haven’t lived in the North Caucasus for many years.

Yet the Boston bombings wouldn’t be the first time that radicals who trace their ancestry and grievances to that region have taken up arms against the United States. As CIA veteran Gary Schroen wrote in his 2005 book, First In: An Insider’s Account of How the CIA Spearheaded the War on Terror in Afghanistan, Chechens were among the most bloodthirsty enemies that U.S. special forces and allied troops faced in their campaign to oust the Taliban from power in the months after 9’11.

Schroen describes one battle this way: “‘Chechnya! Chechnya!’ The cry was picked up by the others. ‘Chechnya!’ A…

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