More suffering endured by the Russian people today. http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=518&e=3&u=/ap/20040206/ap_on_re_eu/russia_explosion How long will Russia knock heads with the US over UN security council meetings, before they dump France and work with us instead of parellel to us? We could learn from shared intelligence. Considering the same Islamists plan operations and deploy around the fringes of their border conflicts (Afganistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Palestine, Kosovo, Chechnya), perhaps the so far perfect record of the US since 9-11 could rub off on Russia? While opposing the invasion of Iraq has meant nothing to the Islamists who blow away the common citizen on his way to work, our actions have brought on none of the retribution we were guaranteed by the despairing left. Remember when the US clamored for a solution to the Chechnya crisis, and despite no end there is now complete silence? Yet why do the Russians persist in not quite opposing, but certainly not condoning US moves to address the same threats?