We showed weakness, and the weak are trampled upon. Some want to cut off a juicy morsel from us while others are helping them.
They are helping because they believe that, as one of the world's major nuclear powers, Russia is still posing a threat to someone, and therefore this threat must be removed.
Ooookaaay. So who is "they"? The US? Europe? China? Chile?
Putin is moving into increasingly nasty territory.
Not surprising. 9/11 has put the US into a persistent psychotic state (how else to explain Bush up 11% over Kerry?) -- and, as fragile as we are, Russia is much worse off.
These terrorists may be well on the way to taking the world back to the 14th century.