Russian President Vladimir Putin says terrorist attacks in Iraq are aimed at preventing the re-election of U.S. President George W. Bush and that a Bush defeat “could lead to the spread of terrorism to other parts of the world.”
Putin, speaking Central Asian Cooperation Organization summit in Tajikistan Monday, made his most overt comments of support so far for the re-election of Bush for a second term.
“Any unbiased observer understands that attacks of international terrorist organizations in Iraq, especially nowadays, are targeted not only and not so much against the international coalition as against President Bush,” Putin said.
“International terrorists have set as their goal inflicting the maximum damage to Bush, to prevent his election to a second term.
“If they succeed in doing that, they will celebrate a victory over America and over the entire anti-terror coalition,” Putin said.
Not sure what to make of this. I find it very interesting that Putin is still against the war to get rid of that baby-killing monster yet supports Bush. Anti-war, pro-Bush: refreshingly different.
UPDATE: Oh, and Arafat, the Nobel Peace Prize winning terrorist, wants Kerry to win too. Obviously neither candidate can decide who endorses them, but it’s interesting who attracts whom.