similar principle is at work here: A reasoned,\r\nwell-planned, and limited military\r\naction of some sort against whatever limited\r\ngroup is ultimately shown to be responsible\r\nfor the September 11 attacks is\r\nmore respectful â€” to the victims, to the\r\ninterests of the United States, to the world\r\nat large, and even to those behind the attacks\r\nâ€”than either an indiscriminate military\r\nresponse or a non-military one.\r\nSuch a limited response might also be\r\nthe first step toward a reduction of anti-\r\nAmerican feelingâ€”if not at home, then\r\nat least abroad.\r\nâ€” Chad McCracken\r\nVLADIMIR PUTIN adopted his usual\r\nserious demeanor during an October 8\r\nmeeting with his "power ministers," the\r\nmen who head Russian defense and security\r\nagencies. The ex-KGB operahve\r\ngrimly noted that the U.S. losses in the\r\nSeptember 11 terrorist attacks were "colossal,"\r\nmore than twice that of (official)\r\nRussian casualhes in the Chechen war.\r\nPutin then switched gears: Looking directly\r\ninto the TV camera, he stated that\r\nRussia would stand by her "partners" in\r\nthe international "anhterrorist coalihon"\r\nWashington was assemblingâ€”but only\r\nso far. Only "humanitarian aid" for the\r\nsuffering Afghans would be allowed to\r\ncross Russian airspace. Moreover, Russia\r\nwould not directly take part in any combat\r\noperations in Afghanistan. Otherwise,\r\nMoscow would cooperate, offering\r\nthe coalihon what intelligence the Russian\r\n"special...
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