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It remains to be seen whether the Chechens involved in the Boston bombings were Muslim Fundamentalists. What they did was a terrorist act, but it was not any sort of example of the political use of terror as a weapon.
The classic use of terrorism would be the Algerian resistance to French rule in Algeria, which was patterned after the use of terrorism by the Maquis in France against the Nazis.
Terrorism as a political tool involves making those in power seem incapable of protecting the population or themselves from sporadic violence. The Maquis set off bombs in clubs patronized by the Nazis and those who collaborated with them. They attacked weapons caches and blew them up. The Resistance in Algeria did the same sort of thing: they raided police stations are stole weapons and ammunition, they attacked places where the French military and police congregated socially, often they warned Algerians to stay away. They always took credit for their actions, because the goal of the terrorist is to appear to be more competent than those in power.
The attack in Boston was a random act of violence. It may have terrorized people, but it was certainly not an act of terrorism in any political sense. It fits the category of Dangerous Mischief more than that of Terrorism.
The people of Boston, of Massachusetts, and of the US mostly have no idea where Chechnya is, nor do they favor either the Russians or the Chechens. In Chechnya, there are oppressive Chechens who collaborate with the Russians, and other Chechens who oppose them. Both sides have committed acts against innocent civilians. There is no way that acts of terrorism in the USA against Americans could ever result in any change in the issue of who is the legitimate power in the Caucasus.
Chechens are notorious in Russia as smugglers of anything valuable or scarce. They are regarded by the Russians about like the Gypsies are regarded in the Balkans: scam artists and wheeler dealers. The struggle between the Muslims and the Russians in the Caucasus started out as a religious struggle in the times of the Czars, but today it has morphed more into a struggle between Chechen warlords and Chechens who collaborate with Putin's regime. There is no reason to assume that even acts of terror in Russia will ever result in Chechen independence.
Posted by MycroftHolmes
You are too kind Micro. if it was for you, you would probably given them a talking to.