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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechnya Deserves Road Map of Its Own

Murder by suicide bombing has become the abhorrent tool of radicals, secessionists and rebels around the world.

Among the Chechens it is the women who have become the agents of death -- the attack by two suicide bombers who struck at a rock concert at the Tushino airfield in Moscow last weekend was the sixth time Chechen women have struck this way.

There is no justification for what they did. Yet the matter cannot be left there.

Terrorism everywhere is nourished by injustice and wielded in hatred.

Though terror networks must be destroyed, each set of circumstances must be addressed separately.

Invocations of an indiscriminate "global terrorism" serve only to provide justification for governments everywhere to avoid confronting the causes of murderous hatreds.

The Russian army's behavior in Chechnya often amounts to no more than banditry and murder.

Untold numbers of Chechen men have disappeared; many have been later found tortured to death. Russian officers and soldiers who have committed atrocities have avoided prosecution.

On the other side, the Chechen militia bands have done much to forfeit whatever support they may have once had among Russian liberals or in the outside world.

In these circumstances, President Vladimir Putin's attempt to depict Chechen acts of terror as the unprovoked work of an "international terrorist network," while indignantly denying any Russian malfeasance in the republic, rings hollow.

The constitutional referendum he organized in Chechnya last March, and the presidential elections he has called for October, may appear superficially laudable.

It is hard to imagine, however, that whatever winners they produce will be treated as anything but quislings by the population of Chechnya.

When violence and hatred reach this level, only the boldest moves stand a chance.

There is a current example that Russia knows well.

Moscow was among the members of the "quartet" that designed the "road map" for the Middle East, along with the United States, the United Nations and the European Union.

Now Putin must demonstrate the same statesmanship at home, inviting mutually accepted mediators to create a framework in which he can plot a way out of the violence with authentic Chechen leaders.

This comment appeared as an editorial in The New York Times.