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Terrorists donít care if you speak Russian or English
Gonzo News Service ^ | 5 September 2004 | editorial

Posted on 09/05/2004 5:04:49 PM PDT by Maigrey

The images being shown from Belsan, Russia, were hideous. The situation was infuriating. And knowing the circumstances doesn’t excuse the actions.

This week was the start of the Russian school year. In Russian culture, the start of the school year is marked with celebration, with extended families and friends going to the child’s school, and with bringing gifts for the child’s teacher. This year will be remembered for the brutal massacre at the school in school number one in Belsan.

On Wednesday, terrorists stormed the school, and took the people in the school hostage. Initial reports said that there were 100 to 400 hostages. Sadly, this was underestimated by almost 200 percent. When the school was evacuated today, there were over 1000 hostages, with a casualty rate of almost 75 percent! The few men who were present at the school when it was taken hostage were herded up like cattle, and slaughtered. The terrorists did this to keep the rest of the hostages compliant, and the children paralyzed with fear.

For three days, the 30 gunmen terrorized the children. This group included Arabs, Chechens, and women. The conditions they were held in were worse than the worst hellhole prison in any country. The carnage they witnessed will surely scar their lives and souls. The children were forced to strip to their undergarments, and forced to sit, shoulder to shoulder, with them being curled up knees under their chins. They were forced to sit quietly, with any noise having fatal consequences. They were not allowed to sleep, or drink, nor eat. This went on for three days.

Even prisoners are allowed water. But these children – along with the adults – were denied even this simple item. What beast would deny children water to drink? What group of monsters would force children to strip to their underwear? What evil would force children to consume their own liquid waste to stay hydrated?

One child, who had the courage to ask for water, was skewered like a pig. All for asking for water to drink. Should a child be killed for asking for a drink of water? Absolutely not. But the terrorists didn’t care about that. They were acting like petulant three year olds, who weren’t getting their way. They stated to the hostages that they were being denied water because Russian President Vladimir Putin wouldn’t come and deal with them personally. Another terrorist stabbed another child repeatedly, when the scum ran out of ammo. Their actions on the first day were recorded on video, and sent to Putin to show him they were serious. This video showed the terrorists raping girls, and murdering men.

Other atrocities were also committed. The terrorists raped girls. Uncles and fathers were murdered after being forced to assist in wiring the explosives. One man was executed in front of the children as an object lesson to obey or die. Mothers with multiple children at the school were forced to abandon one child to the terrorists and were allowed to leave with another. What evil would make a mother choose which child would live or die?

The terrorists were financed by Al-Quaeda, and trained in the hostage techniques in Chechnya. They murdered parents, and scared children. Were the children involved in the ten-year ongoing war in Chechnya, which the Chechen people say is a war for their independence? Were the women who were in the school responsible for the deaths during the war? Of course, they were treated like refuse by the terrorists.

Once the Russian crisis was resolved, the stories that have emerged are brutal, and make you want to cry for mercy for the children, and fury at those responsible. Alas, those who were directly responsible have paid the price for their actions with their lives. All were reported dead by Saturday, including one enterprising “Black Widow” who disguised herself as a teacher, and got out to a hospital with the children. Security forces killed her as she was attempting to detonate explosives around her body.

Finally, after all the horror has been reported, there come the recriminations. There was finger pointing at the Russian President, who didn’t want to negotiate with the evil thugs. Then there was the chaos from the detonation of the explosives in the gym, murdering scores of people. They European Union demanded information as to how this could happen. But what is embarrassing is the lack of resources for the children and adults after they escaped. According to news reports from Itar-Tass, the International Red Cross wasn’t present at the school, to provide relief efforts, because they were not requested.

Why for the love of life would someone have to request having the International Red Cross come out and assist these children? You would think a national catastrophe would automatically demand their presence, and not have to be requested. This is an outrage on a global scale. But I guess Muslim prisoners are more important that Christian children being held hostage.

Yes, you read correctly. What the national news markets are not reporting widely is that the terrorists targeted this school because it was a Christian school. Some of the children were members of the Russian Orthodox Church, a slightly different form of Greek Orthodox.

Once the funerals are completed, and Russia has a time to mourn the chaos of the last two weeks, there is going to be hell to pay. I don’t wish Russian justice and vengeance on anyone.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Russia
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To: evad
I was just responding many posts in general and expressing my opinion sorry if it seems I was responding to your post only. I agree with you completely I would only count Australia and England as our long term allies.

Putin is just trying to play us for suckers.

How do you know that? In what specific way is that demonstrated?

I believe its quite clear that Putin has been opposing us on the war on terror (eg resistance to Iraq)and now suddenly has changed what was essentially a separatist war into an islamo-terrorist resistance and forced us to turn a blind eye to his human rights record. If he supports fighting terror why aren't there any Russian troops in Iraq ? Why does he suddenly get all high and mighty about fighting terrorists in Chechnya. Chechnya was a separatist war and solely Russia's problem until both Putin and the Muslims made it into another front in the war on terror. Not that that diminishes any way the murder of all those people. But the basic issue is whether its Russia's problem or the civilized world's.
51 posted on 09/05/2004 10:46:05 PM PDT by newfarm4000n (God Bless America and God Bless Freedom)
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To: Awestruck
EXCELLENT LETTER to your so-called "friend." Maybe they will WAKE UP some day.

Thank you for posting your letter. I have had TEARS POURING while reading about what happened in the Russian school and seeing the photographs.

I could barely see to drive home the other day, I was crying so hard, when I heard of the massacre by those COWARDLY, IMPOTENT MONSTERS trying to imply they have some manhood.

Aren't THEY powerful "Big Men on Campus"...IMPALING a thirsty, defenseless child and SHOOTING other hungry, dehydrated women and children IN THE BACK!!!...NOT!!!

DO NOT TRUST THE POLLS!!! WE MUST WORK DAY AND NIGHT TO REELECT BUSH!!! I guarantee you, the TERRORISTS are working day and night to DEFEAT him!!! Work like we are 5 points BEHIND!!!

52 posted on 09/06/2004 1:59:50 AM PDT by Concerned
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To: newfarm4000n
But the basic issue is whether its Russia's problem or the civilized world's.

It's both, just like the fight in Israel is both and just like the fight in this country is both. The difference is W has a policy of going and finding them wherever they are with whatever it takes. We are the only ones committed to fighting world terrorism.

As you say, Putin has not supported us in the war against terror. He made a strategic miscalculation way back and needs to correct that mistake and come on board. To be honest, I'm not sure he knows how.

AS far as the terrorists in Chechnya, my view sees muslim terrorists in a simplistic manner. They may be in a different area trying to take over (or destroy) a different group of people but aside from that, they're ALL the same bunch of scum using the same tactics.

Fascism has many faces. This 'muslim fundamentalism' is simply the most recent face. Carter turned em loose, Clinton allowed em to grow with impunity, now Dubya's gonna try to clean em up. Once again a Republican has to clean up a Dim's mess.

Some things never change.

53 posted on 09/06/2004 5:46:00 AM PDT by evad (We cannot afford 9-10 thinkers in a 9-11 world)
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To: evad
"Fascism has many faces. This 'muslim fundamentalism' is simply the most recent face. Carter turned em loose, Clinton allowed em to grow with impunity, now Dubya's gonna try to clean em up. Once again a Republican has to clean up a Dim's mess."

I couldn't have put it better myself. I however also believe that communism is just another face of Fascism/Totalitarianism and having countries like Russia and China as "partners" in the war on terror makes me a little scared. I honestly don't view Russia as a free country worth our resources in defending.


As for Israel i agree totally that we should stand shoulder to shoulder with them - just so long as my taxes don't foot the bill. I mean if the hardworking and creative Taiwanese can pay for their own weapons why can't the equally talented Jews ?
54 posted on 09/09/2004 5:01:15 PM PDT by newfarm4000n (God Bless America and God Bless Freedom)
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To: newfarm4000n
I however also believe that communism is just another face of Fascism/Totalitarianism and having countries like Russia and China as "partners" in the war on terror makes me a little scared. I honestly don't view Russia as a free country worth our resources in defending.

It depends on your definition of partner.

First of all they are clearly not an ally, not even a worthy proponent BUT they can be considered something better than an adversary.

In that respect I think it's to our advantage to 'work together' in the war on terror whenever it proves to be of mutual benefit.

I would even say the same thing of the French and the German governments although I hold the French in much less regard than the Germans, Russians or the Chinese.

As for Israel i agree totally that we should stand shoulder to shoulder with them - just so long as my taxes don't foot the bill. I mean if the hardworking and creative Taiwanese can pay for their own weapons why can't the equally talented Jews ?

I have mixed emotions on that one. Like you, I don't feel the need to support that speck of land, which is nothing more than a gigantic pain in the ass, with my tax dollars.

On the other hand, they do provide a valuable point of presence for us in that hellhole called the middle east and I think they are worth the investment. Practically speaking, what we give them is 'defense capability' since most of the aid is spent on American manufactured weaponry.

The question would be whether that point of presence is worth the weaponry we give them. In the balance, I think it probably is.

55 posted on 09/09/2004 6:11:07 PM PDT by evad (We cannot afford 9-10 thinkers in a 9-11 world)
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