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The School (Beslan Massacre)
Esquire Magazine ^ | June 2006 | C.J. Chivers

Posted on 07/08/2006 2:55:20 PM PDT by Drew68

SEPTEMBER 1. AFTERNOON. THE GYM. Kazbek Misikov stared at the bomb hanging above his family. It was a simple device, a plastic bucket packed with explosive paste, nails, and small metal balls. It weighed perhaps eight pounds. The existence of this bomb had become a central focus of his life. If it exploded, Kazbek knew, it would blast shrapnel into the heads of his wife and two sons, and into him as well, killing them all.

Throughout the day he had memorized the bomb, down to the blue electrical wire linking it to the network of explosives the terrorists had strung around them hours before. Now his eyes wandered, panning the crowd of more than eleven hundred hostages who had been seized in the morning outside the school. The majority were children, crouched with their parents and teachers on the basketball court. The temperature had risen with the passing hours, and their impromptu jail had become fetid and stinking with urine and fear. Many children had undressed. Sweat ran down their bare backs.

His eyes settled on his captors. Most of the terrorists had left the gym for defensive positions in the main school building, leaving behind a handful of men in athletic suits or camouflage pants. These were their guards. They wore ammunition vests and slung Kalashnikov rifles. A few were hidden behind ski masks, but as the temperature had risen, most had removed them, revealing faces. They were young. Some had the bearing of experienced fighters. Others seemed like semiliterate thugs, the sort of criminal that had radiated from Chechnya and Russia's North Caucasus during a decade of war. Two were women wearing explosive belts.

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(Excerpt) Read more at esquire.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: beslan; beslanmassacre; chechen; chechnya; globaljihad; russia; terrorism
Very long, extraordinary article recounting the terror attack in Beslan. It may take an hour or so to read but I found it absolutly horrifying and I couldn't take my eyes away from the words as I sat down to read it in the print edition of Esquire a couple of weeks ago.
1 posted on 07/08/2006 2:55:22 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

I while back I read part of a report on the soldiers who entered the school. Seems that heroism knows no national boundries.


2 posted on 07/08/2006 3:03:36 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: Drew68
A Russian mother grieving for her child in Beslan, murdered by Islam.

The New York Times and the democrat party works ceaselessly to place the American people in identical danger. IslamoNazis would mass murder like this in a heartbeat in the USA, stopped only by the Republicans and the US Military.

3 posted on 07/08/2006 3:04:57 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: FormerACLUmember
Even now after these horrors, after finding the plans for a school in NJ, in a cave in Afghanistan, the media ridicules the arrests of the Miami 7 and the latest plotters.

We are at the mercy of these elitist America haters as much as we are at the mercy of the terrorists.

4 posted on 07/08/2006 3:07:35 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: OldFriend

The democrats remain in total denial that we are at war. EXCEPT when it comes to overt treason in aforementioned war, i.e.: The New York Times' endless destruction of our critical intelligence gathering abroad.


5 posted on 07/08/2006 3:19:46 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (No program, no ideas, no clue: The democrats!)
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To: FormerACLUmember

They acknowledge there is a terror threat, long enough to demand more more more money.


6 posted on 07/08/2006 3:21:23 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: Drew68

It could happen here.


7 posted on 07/08/2006 3:31:27 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (The Internet is the samizdat of liberty..)
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To: cripplecreek
Seems that heroism knows no national boundries.

Agree!!!

8 posted on 07/08/2006 3:35:04 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand; but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc. 10:2)
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To: TASMANIANRED

When I saw the breaking news on Beslan, that was exactly my first thought. I hate the thought of our schools being locked down like prisons but I fear that an attack will happen and our schools will be locked down after that.


9 posted on 07/08/2006 3:36:49 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I'm trying to think but nothing happens)
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To: Drew68

Everyone should read this!

Remember 9-11.
Remember Beslan.


10 posted on 07/08/2006 4:03:42 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: cripplecreek
I hate the thought of our schools being locked down like prisons but I fear that an attack will happen and our schools will be locked down after that.

During the 1990s, many schools starting implementing more security. I remember when you could freely walk into a school to use the restroom and nobody batted an eye. Heck, I can recall my high school during the 1980s where the school library was a *public* library and anyone in the community could enter and check out books and freely roam the halls!

Those days are long gone.

The thing about Beslan is that the terrorists were fighting for a cause --Chechen Independence, a cause that had many mainstream supporters. The massacre at Beslan destroyed a lot of support for this cause.

Our terrorist enemies are a little different. They are fighting for the destruction of Western Civilization. For them, killing schoolchildren would not have the same negative repercussions as it did the Chechens. These types of terrorists would kill children and have no problem with it as it would serve their cause well.

11 posted on 07/08/2006 4:03:52 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

Thanks, Drew.

I spent the hour just now and read it. Very good article (gripping).


12 posted on 07/08/2006 4:43:05 PM PDT by invoman
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To: Drew68

After read it through, I agree. Gripping. Hope the author gets the nonfiction Pulitzer prize for writing it.


13 posted on 07/08/2006 4:54:33 PM PDT by Captain Rhino ( Dollars spent in India help a friend; dollars spent in China arm an enemy.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

This picture touched me deeply when it was first published. I call it the "Beslan Madonna."


14 posted on 07/08/2006 4:56:26 PM PDT by Captain Rhino ( Dollars spent in India help a friend; dollars spent in China arm an enemy.)
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To: Drew68

They won't think it is such a good strategy when we start killing their children in return.


15 posted on 07/08/2006 4:58:04 PM PDT by Captain Rhino ( Dollars spent in India help a friend; dollars spent in China arm an enemy.)
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To: All
Very long, extraordinary article

Recommend clicking on the more eye-friendly printer version.

16 posted on 07/08/2006 5:02:19 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Captain Rhino
They won't think it is such a good strategy when we start killing their children in return.

Sadly, these animals seem to have no problem with their own children being "martyred" to Paradise.

17 posted on 07/08/2006 5:04:55 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Captain Rhino
Hope the author gets the nonfiction Pulitzer prize for writing it.

That would be well deserved. This is one of the most memorable pieces of non-fiction journalism that I have ever read.

18 posted on 07/08/2006 5:10:26 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: FormerACLUmember
A Russian mother grieving for her child in Beslan, murdered by Islam.

I looked up some pictures of Beslan on Google and I can't believe how young many of the victims were. They weren't even teenagers capable of contemplating resistance. So many of them appeared to be children under 10 years old who had no understanding of the political events that led to this horror.

Whenever I hear news of alleged Russian heavyhandedness in dealing with Islamic terrorists, I will always remember Beslan.

19 posted on 07/08/2006 5:15:14 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

Bump for l8tr


20 posted on 07/08/2006 5:34:39 PM PDT by JDoutrider
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To: Drew68

21 posted on 07/08/2006 5:56:44 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Drew68

Only when it is on their terms. Kill a school full of US children, and the US will be driving the retaliation bus.


22 posted on 07/08/2006 5:58:55 PM PDT by Captain Rhino ( Dollars spent in India help a friend; dollars spent in China arm an enemy.)
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To: FormerACLUmember

Wow, tough picture to look at.


23 posted on 07/08/2006 5:59:58 PM PDT by riri
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To: Drew68
BTTT

Holy New Martyrs of Beslan pray Christ-God that our souls may be saved.

24 posted on 07/08/2006 6:04:32 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: Drew68

Thank you very much for posting this article Drew. Prayers for those still suffering from this tragedy...


25 posted on 07/08/2006 6:49:29 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (http://libertyrocks.wordpress.com -- NEW URL for my blog...)
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To: Drew68
Our terrorist enemies are a little different. They are fighting for the destruction of Western Civilization. For them, killing schoolchildren would not have the same negative repercussions as it did the Chechens

If that happened in our country anyone who claimed to be Islamic would become a target. Racial profiling would become the rage all across this nation.

26 posted on 07/08/2006 7:47:32 PM PDT by The Brush
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To: Drew68
The thing about Beslan is that the terrorists were fighting for a cause --Chechen Independence, a cause that had many mainstream supporters. The massacre at Beslan destroyed a lot of support for this cause.

May I suggest you will change your mind if you read Terror at Beslan, by John Gudick. John is a fomer American Special Forces officer, and was at Beslan just as the operation was winding up.

The following paragraph will explain why American SF despise the Chechens, and furthermore why the Russians deal brutally with them.

He brings out the connection between al-Qaeda and the Chechens. He also explained how the Chechens at an early age are taught to overcome objections to torture and compelled to take part in playing and dancing with severed heads. Quote, "From an early age boys are taught the fundamental code of Chechen warriorship: 'Do not fear the enemy because he may not have a weapon. If he does, it may not be cocked. If cocked, it may not fire. If fired, it may miss. And if the bullet strikes you, you may not die. If you die, you will then gain Allah's grace."
27 posted on 07/08/2006 10:19:20 PM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: Drew68

Bump for later read.


28 posted on 07/09/2006 5:05:08 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (Stop the ACLU - Support the Public Expression of Religion Act 2005 - Call your congressmen.)
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May I suggest you will change your mind if you read Terror at Beslan, by John Gudick.

I imagine this book is not widely available. The only books I see in my bookstores about Chechens are written sympathetically to their plight. But you are correct. They are taught from an early age to hate Russians. Even Stalin couldn't keep a leash on them.

29 posted on 07/09/2006 8:25:09 AM PDT by Drew68
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You can obtain the book from Amazon.com, and read the reviews there.

I imagine most of what you have read sympathetic to their plight has been written by Anna Politkovsakya, the Russian equivalent of Tokyo Rose.

Special Ops operators have told me the Chechens are the meanest soldiers they have encountered. That may be why UBL has picked them as his personal bodyguards. BTW, Gudlick said their problem is not just with the Russians. We make a big mistake when we think that.
30 posted on 07/09/2006 11:38:14 AM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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has been written by Anna Politkovsakya

Ding ding ding! We have a winner! Her and Thomas Goltz

31 posted on 07/09/2006 11:41:35 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

Poor Anna doesn't even realize the Chechens are using her as a mouthpiece to win the war.


32 posted on 07/09/2006 4:11:07 PM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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Poor Anna doesn't even realize the Chechens are using her as a mouthpiece to win the war.

I'm sure when Beslan happened she felt less sadness over the plight of the victims and more sadness for what a public relations disaster it was towards her pet cause.

33 posted on 07/09/2006 6:33:08 PM PDT by Drew68
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To: Drew68

Drew, Anna is in denial. It's still the Russian's fault.


34 posted on 07/09/2006 6:40:07 PM PDT by GarySpFc (Jesus on Immigration, John 10:1)
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To: Drew68

Thanks for posting. Great article. Horrific event.


35 posted on 07/09/2006 8:38:29 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: Drew68
This is one of the most memorable pieces of non-fiction journalism that I have ever read.

I'll second that.

36 posted on 08/14/2006 11:28:26 PM PDT by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (wikipedia lies)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

bttt for later read.


37 posted on 08/14/2006 11:33:06 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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