Sergei Petrovich, 73


Russia has every right to invade Chechnya. This is all Dudayev's fault. Chechnya is in Russia, and should remain a part of Russia. Sure, they can have their own land, but not separate from Russia. Look at Tatarstan -- that's a perfect example of how Chechnya could be.

Our government might have been able to solve things by peaceful means, but they would have had to have started much sooner than they did. By the time they decided to take action, there wasn't anything else to do but send troops in. It was too late. Now it seems like the government realizes that the war is a bad idea, but it's too late to turn back now.

It's going to get worse down there, I think. Now there are all kinds of other nationalities drawn into it: Turks, Iraqis, Afghanis, all fighting on the side of the Chechens. It's gotten complicated. Soon there will be terrorism, there and on Russian soil. That's the most frightening thing, the terrorism that's cropping up all over the world, like in Israel and other places. That's what we have to worry about.

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