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Sep. 2nd, 2004

I usually let world events pass me by without comment. It's not that I don't have any opinions, I just don't voice them here, because that's not what my journal is about. That's about me and my escape from the daily grind. World events really don't come into it.

Today, I'm making an exception. I feel I need to express my anger, frustration and disgust at the Chechen terrorists who are holding a schoolful of children hostage in the Caucasus, and who are threatening to kill 50 of them for every member of their gang that police snipers may be able to bring down. Children! In a world in which acts of terrorism have become commonplace, threatening the lives of children in order to achieve one's political and/or religious goals only shows that however low terrorists may sink in general, there's always a group that can sink even lower still. This particular group of people has lost all claim to humanity and respect in my eyes -- they have to be complete sick fucktard bastards to even dream up such a scheme, let alone put it into action!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that when I get home, I'll hear that the children have been released unharmed (although that qualification would have to be relative -- imagine your parent or teacher shot dead before your very eyes on your first day at school!) and the terrorists have all been captured and will be facing trial very soon. But between the terrorists on the one hand, and Putin and the Russian generals on the other, and the fiasco of the storming of the Moscow theatre fresh in our minds, I really don’t think that's all that likely.

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gamiila
Sep. 2nd, 2004 11:27 pm (UTC)
Sadly, there is little hope this'll go well, if only due to the fact the Russian government is everything but gentle, fair, and balanced.

It's sad, but I have little doubt that this will all end in the loss of countless lives, glossed over by the handing out of congratulatory medals to those responsible for much of the bloodshed -- exactly as happened 2 years ago after the Moscow theatre liberation debacle...or even after the disaster with the Kursk, which although nothing to do with terrorism, resulted in a lot of unnecessary deaths because the Russian army and government wouldn't accept any outside help in dealing with their 'problem'.
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gamiila
Sep. 3rd, 2004 04:17 am (UTC)
I just heard that the Russians have stormed the building. I hate to have been proved right...