The nation that sent a man to the moon and defeated German and Soviet oppression will not be content to take second place to the imperialists in Beijing.
– Josh Hawley
The history of Chechnya is one of imperialism gone terribly wrong. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Chechens were among the few peoples to fend off Mongol conquerors, but at a terrible cost. Turks, Persians, and Russians sought to seize Chechnya, and it was finally absorbed into the Russian Empire in 1859.
– Stephen Kinzer