January 10, 2014
The terrorist bombings in Russia last month, allegedly perpetrated by Islamist militants from the Caucasus region, raise questions about whether next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will be secure.
While this may seem like a purely regional or local conflict, Americans can become targets, Heritage Foundation expert Peter Brooks reminds us.
Moreover, the attacks should remind us that President Putin’s stepped-up security efforts may not be successful. The targets are many, the country is vast, and the Russian security standards need improvement.
Moscow would be well served by expanding its security cooperation with countries that have a good track record of foiling terror attacks.
The Sochi 2014 Olympics will include 6,000 Olympic athletes and team members from 85 countries. Hosting such an event is a remarkable undertaking for any nation. Therefore, the U.S. should assist the Russian leadership and Olympic council to put in place comprehensive counterterrorism measures to protect the city of Sochi, the athletes, and the spectators while allowing an exciting and competitive global event to take place.
Do you think the United States should assist Russia with its counterterrorism efforts?