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Thank you for this passionate, clear and intelligent report on the bombings in Moscow. While the conflict with the northern parts of the former Soviet Union has gone on for centuries, it is important to note the geographic significance of this region to the Black Sea and its strategic locale for transporting oil from the region to other parts of the world. If these regions had no resources or such access to the Black Sea, that would quell much of the turmoil. Their potential independence is a significant threat to the economic well-being of the former USSR. When human resources are given equal value to oil sales, perhaps a more humane approach will be possible.