Sunday, September 05, 2004

Russian School Death Toll Rising

Updated news story here: Mourners Plan Funerals in Russia School Siege Town

(Beslan, North Ossetia)
The Russian school in Beslan is located in North Ossetia near Chechnya, where the murdering separatists have been fighting for independence from Moscow for a decade. They fight by killing innocent women, children, and infants.

Casualty reports from Wednesday's terrorist attack on the school vary from 200 to over 250 dead with hundreds more hospitalized in "grave condition." The total dead and injured is expected to increase as debris is removed and buried bodies are discovered. Conflicting reports pepper the casualty numbers and the status of the pursuit for the terrorists.

A number of hostages, covered in blood, were carried away in stretchers to local hospitals or a makeshift field hospital set up several kilometres from the school. Several bodies covered in white sheets are lying on the ground near the field hospital. Desperate family members crowded around lists of the dead and injured posted on hospital walls.

The attack on the Beslan school have overtaken my emotions. I feel so, so sorry for the people who have had their lives demolished by cruel madmen. I feel the uncontrollable tears in their eyes, the emptiness in their hearts, and the deep unremitting pain in their souls. I feel the same way I did on September 11, 2001.

And I feel rage. The people responsible for these crimes against humanity need to be found and killed, preferably slowly and painfully, while they are hungry, while they are thirsty, and while their bodies, day after day, are frozen with fear. That's how the children died.


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