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Posted on 09/03/2004 10:45:47 AM PDT by michigander
Last Updated: Friday, 3 September, 2004, 15:44 GMT 16:44 UK
School siege: Russians reactHundreds of BBCRussian.com readers have been expressing their reactions to the bloody climax of the Russian school siege.
All have expressed sadness at the plight of those injured and killed in the siege, however opinion is sharply divided over the role of the Russian special forces and the actions of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Here is a selection of their translated comments.
What are you going to feel if someone puts a gun to the head of someone you love more than yourself? A huge desire to do something to save him? Huge anger? Hopelessness? Now all Russia is experiencing all of these feelings.
I'm bitter that our law enforcement agencies are so helpless. I am ashamed of Putin who lacks the political will to get them into order and work properly.
Why are our intelligence services always one step behind the terrorists and do not anticipate their plans? Where are the analysts and people with non-standard ways of thinking? If we are at war, why don't they teach us how to live in these conditions? I work in a hospital and every morning, when I enter the building, I think how easy it would be to take us hostage.
Everything was done correctly... When a building is stormed like this there are always victims. Now the main thing is to take the same action against the surviving terrorists, to prevent others summoning up the courage to attack a nursery or a maternity ward.
It seems that hostages escaped themselves from the building as soon as it was possible. This was not an operation. There is no merit of the Special Forces.
As I understand, this was a reaction to a blast inside the building and the shooting of hostages. I think the Special Forces did everything right.
As long as the Russian authorities think only about their own safety, as long as corruption and economic and criminal disorder flourishes in the country, nightmares like this one will repeat themselves again and again. With great regret, one has to accept that our Special Forces showed once again their complete helplessness. Alas, we and our children have no defence, we can rely only on ourselves, and on chance. Only why is it that we pay taxes?
It is easy to accuse the special services of not knowing how to do their job when you are sitting in an armchair in front of a computer. Having blown up a sports hall and begun to break out into the town the bandits left the military no choice. In these circumstances it was necessary to storm the building.
Maxim, Russian Federation
Those who failed to protect people must resign! Otherwise it will continue forever. They needed to arrest Basayev and exchange him for children. Why are the Special Forces so helpless? Ten years gone and nothing has changed.
Taking into account that the storming was unplanned the operation can be considered satisfactory.
It's awful that people have died, but everyone knows very well that there would be many more dead people if the storming had not taken place. God give strength to the parents whose children were there. I am praying for one thing alone: that the number of dead should be small, may they at least be alive, even if they are wounded.
This was inevitable. On the other hand, the authorities have shown a lack of organisation and coordination. How is that possible - terrorists escaping a building that has been surrounded for three days? The president must do something with those who are responsible.
Russian special forces are only capable of battling dissidents and providing protection to businessmen. When it is a matter of freeing hostages it turns out they are incapable of anything. But they receive medals and awards anyway.
Obviously the initiative is in the hands of the terrorists not our authorities. The authorities are disorganised, that's why the storming was so chaotic. The result is the worst possible outcome. My condolences to the parents of the dead children.
It's very frightening! How are the little children who endured this horror going to get over it?! How will the parents of the dead children go on living?! And the special forces, judging by the information coming in, were unprepared. Otherwise how could the terrorists have broken through the cordon? It is completely unclear who is guilty of starting the shooting which led to the deaths of so many people.
I think there was no other way out. If the security forces had made compromises, this would have happened again. I am sorry for the dead.
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This just in.
Roughly 15 terrorists took over an elementary school in Spring, Texas today. Of the 67 teachers, and 450 students - all but one have been successfully released, and the terrorists gave themselves up unconditionally. We have learned from a source who wishes to remain anonymous why the terrorists gave themselves up.
The following transcript was released by authorities concerning the converstaiton between a government negotiator, and one of the terrorists, who claimed to represent Ali Akbar Jihadi, a heretofor unknown group organized in a Dallas mosque.
You must release all of your prisoners from Gitmo, you must remove all of your troops from Iraq and cease your criminal support of the Zionist entity.
We will kill all of the hostages. If you try to storm this place, we will kill all of the hostages. If you kill one of us, we will kill 50 hostages, and if you wound one of us, we will kill 20 hostages.
Do you want to die?
Listen infidel, I will kill this b* to prove my point.
Okay, but answer my question, do you want to die?
I will die for Allah! Allah Akbar *gunshot* THERE - you made me do it, she is dead.
Okay, so you want to die.
Yes, you Americans don't care about the Arabs . . .
Save the BS for somebody who cares dilbert. I'm going to give you a choice - and this is it. Put down your weapons, drop your bomb belts and walk out of the school with your arms above your heads.
I will kill another hostages... Allah Akbar . . .
Fine, when you get done killing your next hostage - please put your head between your legs and kiss your arse goodbye, because I am about to wipe your sorry butt and everybody in that school off the planet... and YOU and your stupid 3rd century backward arse religion will be blamed.... and the next thing on the agenda is the elimination of Mecca? Do I have your attention yet sweetpea? Nobody gets to go on a happy Haj, and they'll all blame you.
You will not kill these people!
Why not? They are already as good as dead.... and we get the great excuse of you blowing them up with a nuclear weapon.... and we can kill every heathen bas&&& on earth and nobody will blame us.
Mike Mike Bravo Sierra, Eagle 1 release code inbound
roger that, release code check
What was that?
That, my raghead bent over friend, was a code for a pilot now at 40,000 feet to check his data box for a weapons release code transmitted by the President of the United STates to nuke your arse.
I thought that would get your attention. I figure that you have 60 seconds before the bomb is dropped, maybe 45 seconds after that to pray to Allah that you're right.... else, you might want to pray to the other guy for a nice cozy spot.
You have just ordered all of these hostages to their death. Why can you do this, you MUST negotiate!!
I am negotiating.
Surrender, or die. You're choice. Just know that after your dead, alot more people are gonna die... and they will all be somewhere along a certain funny looking black meteorite.
Zulu at initial point, drop in 15
okay, we are coming out now. Please do not shoot us.
Mike Mike Sierra, cover and reset to IP.
Drop your weapons and come out with your hands above your heads, you will not be harmed if you surrender.
sniff sniff okay sniff sniff
PokeyJoe school of Terrorist Management
To the weak knees....
I have a daughter.... nuff said.
John Kerry's response?
. . . zionist entity.
Okay. We surrender. I ordered our troops out of Iraq, and the zionist entity will not longer take your muslim land, and we have given the Holy City of Detroit's Immam Ali Akbar Mummia to institute Sharia.
The Holy City of Detroit is free!
You may be right...
When will people realize it's us or them?
No, they just blow up buses and cafes and God knows what else to kill innocent people. I'm not sure the Israeli model is as effective as you'd like to believe.
This is one of the underlying, foundational reasons for the 2nd amendment. Every community should have a local militia who volunarily stands guiard at vulnerable targets. Furthermore, they should not be restricted to shotguns and semi-auto weapons either, effective as those may be in certain situations. This would be the first line in real homeland security. It also happens to be the first line of defense against criminals in general. Can you imagine the outcry from the Kool-Aid swillers of such a thing were even seriously proposed here?
Terrorism is the waging of war via criminal acts. People need to get out of the liberal mindset that the government can protect them from this sort of thing. At the end of the day, a government's abilities are limited - especially in a constiutional republican government. If there had been local militia units stationed at the routes into town and at potential targets (like schools, hosptials, etc.), there might have been a bloody firefight as the evil butchers came in, but it could have bought time to evacuate the soft targets if nothing else. I live in a town about the same size as Belsan. I, and lots of other like-mided folks, would gladly volunteer for guard duty at any of the potential targets here and keep a watch. If we attempted to do so, we'd have the FBI, the ATF - urged into action by the ADL, the ACLU and the SPLC, breaking down our doors and charging us with being a terrorist group. The poiltical class in this state (Illinois) is hell-bent on abolishing firearms ownership altogether.
Just pass a law that prohibits guns within 500ft of every school. That'll stop 'em.
Today, we are all Russian.
I was thinking that passing a law like that might help too.
Like I said earlier, Get Armed, Get Trained, Get Prepared, Get Ready!
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Which one?? I go to the Hastings Class. It is great. I took martial arts before, but this is top notch. Many in the class took martial arts before and believe this is far superior.
People prepare yourselves. It is only a matter of time before this sort of thing happens in the U.S. Be vigilant! Watch! Talk to you school boards about what can be done to improve security. We need to move on this NOW since it is only a matter of time.
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Premier. In Nanuet, NY.
My only training happened "on the job" :) Won a few, lost a few.
I didn't even know the gym existed and it sounds great. I'm really looking forward to working out with weights again too (it's been 10yrs).
Did you buy the books and videos in addition to taking the class?
The critics of the Russian authorities are being ridiculous. Terrorists succeed because it is impossible to guard everyplace all the time. In this case it's not "the best defence is a good offense", it's the ONLY defense is a good offense.
I am going to the Saturday class tommorow at 10 oclock. In the class I go to, we have about half cops and half other people like myself. Perkins teaches the cops many valuable street lessons and tricks that could save their lives. One cop told me he has already used what he learned to take out three guys on Yonkers, which is where I live.
The class is good because it is based on what works, nothing fancy. There are no uniforms or kata.
Maybe I will see you there.
I was researching schools on the internet because I wanted something real, effective, and deadly. Tae Kwon Do and other traditional styles don't do it for me. The whole fancy kicking and punching thing does not work for most.
This is based on short strikes, chops, elbows, and using your enemy's moves against him.
I bought the book after I started taking the class. The book can be bought in Barne's & Noble.
For you freepers - if you get chocked or grabbed, you for the
eyes or throat, it is the olny think that might save you. Forget about overpowering an attacker.
Rather than blocking punches, you should be striking and attacking.
Cool. You're coming over here? I'll be there around 9:00am to get a membership, then attend the 10am class.
I'll be the one lookin' stupid :o
If I'm outside, I drive a forest green Avalanche.
I will have a white Explorer. I am 29 and built like a tank. I am sure you will enjoy the class. It is everything you read on the website.
The instructor Major Al Ridenhour is no joke. This guy kicks major butt.
Perkins has a really nice way about him.
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