September 03, 2004

Bloody Shootout Ends Russian School Crisis

Horrible. Sickened. Update from Stan who is translating original Russian sources: "ex hostages are saying that terrorists began killing hostages before the storm." Now we see why the Russians had to go in. Reuters:

Russian troops stormed a school Friday in a chaotic battle to free hundreds of parents, teachers and children who had been held hostage for two days by Chechen separatists.

Naked and screaming children ran for safety amid machinegun fire and explosions while attack helicopters clattered overhead. The Tass and Interfax news agencies spoke of over 300 wounded, mostly children. Rebels fled with soldiers in pursuit.

Witnesses at the scene in Beslan, in the North Ossetia region near Chechnya, saw several bodies on stretchers and Russian news agencies said at least seven people had been dead on arrival at hospital.

Half- or fully naked children gulped from bottles of water after two days without drink in a stiflingly hot and crowded school. Some lay on stretchers.

I wish it had not ended this way, but Russia has now declared war on terrorists. All civilized countries that border Islamic lands are the front lines of this civilizational war. Once again, we find a situation where Russia will recieve the brunt of a war in which we are involved. The Russians call WWII the "Great Patriotic War". What will they call this one? I do not like the name Global War on Terror because it is innacurate. This is a war against a fascist ideology. One which seeks to impose Sharia law on free peoples. This war will not end with two allied armies meeting in some Middle Eastern capital. This is a war which will not end until moderate Muslims rise up and fight. It is not enough for them to live their lives. Now is the time for action, not words. To the Russian people who live on the front lines brace yourselves. This is only the beginning. God speed.

Jeff Quinton has been updating frequently and as always is the best resource for following the blogosphere reaction. Michelle Malkin and The Belmont Club, too. The Command Post and Allah are keeping up as well.

Stan at Logic and Sanity should be awake in a few and (he's back) has been liveblogging this for days. He speaks fluent Russian and is translating the news out of Russia.

The Laughing Wolf also speaks Russian and is taking up the slack for Stan. Very good resource.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 08:24 AM | Comments |