Look, this is it. It is over. The world has gone absolutely, stark-raving mad. It is simply depraved.
First off, why can't they leave innocent children out of it? After all, the Koran specifically forbids this and these "separatists" cloak themselves in the mantle of Islam.
It has been an incredibly bad week for Russia. Two airliners downed, a suicide bomber in Moscow and now..... this. Can you imagine if these three events had occurred in the UK or, God help us, the US? Can you imagine the government's response?
But the thing that strikes me the most is how these things are treated as just another "overseas story" worthy of no more than passing interest. So long as it's Russians, no big deal for the Western media. Russian blood seems to be cheaper than matches. You read about how a million of their soldiers died in the siege of Stalingrad and it's just mind-numbing, not unbelievable. Do you know how a million corpses must smell?
Newscasts here openned with the story and then said, "And, in other news overseas..." Even in Russia, it wasn't the only story. Did anything other than the terrorist attacks take place on Sept 11 2001?
So now what? Does Vladimir Putin do to Chechnya what we did to the Taliban? Can you do that in your own country? Or does he let them have their own country and be done with it?
It really is difficult to come up with an apt punishment for people who would commit such an atrocity. Some quality time with Pfc Linz England? Having their genital lopped off and stuffed in their mouths as occurred in the safer, American Iraq recently? A Columbian necktie? What?
Is this Anna's website now? The rest of you authors are lameasses.
by Eviltom at September 4, 2004 12:40 PM
I think we should take these guys, strip them naked, place them in homosexual positions and take pictures of it. Isn't that the most horrible thing you can think of?
by MrBlank at September 4, 2004 8:11 PM
I dunno, if you use black and white film and a filter, you could call it art.
by anna at September 6, 2004 1:44 PM
This is sort of a late comment, but I don't think that the Beslan hostage-takers have much to do with the 9-11 hijackers. There has been a nasty war raging in Chechnya for years (actually there's been conflict in that region for centuries... think "Yugoslavia"), with atrocities on both sides. From what I can tell, Vladimir Putin and his people are little better than the "terrorists" they're going on about. And then what shall we say about them? Putin's Christian.
by jean at September 13, 2004 10:41 PM