After his own country is attacked, Putin sees importance of Bush being re-elected. -------------------------------------- http://www.cnsnews.com//ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=\ForeignBureaus\archive\200410\FOR20041018c.html Putin 'Endorses' Bush, Says Re-Election Would Deal Blow to Terrorists Moscow (CNSNews.com) - Terrorist attacks in Iraq are aimed at preventing President Bush's re-election next month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday. "International terrorism aims at causing maximum damage to President Bush and to forestall his second term re-election," the RIA news agency quoted Putin as saying. "If they succeed, they would celebrate a victory against America and the anti-terror coalition, and this could lead to more acts of international terrorism," he cautioned. Putin added the routine disclaimer of not wishing to interfere in another country's democratic process: "We respect any choice of the American people." He also reiterated Moscow's difference of opinion with Bush over the Iraq war, which Russia opposed from the start. Nonetheless, Putin's remarks indicated that Russia would regard Bush's re-election as a blow to Islamist terror and his defeat as a victory for terrorists. Last June, Putin surprised many people when he announced that Russian intelligence had supplied the U.S. with information indicating that Saddam Hussein was planning to carry out terrorist attacks on American soil. The remarks were seen as providing additional justification for the U.S.-led war and hence as boosting Bush's re-election campaign.