September 01, 2006
Beslan Massacre 2nd Anniversary.
Today not only marks the 67th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland but, it has now been two years since terrorists captured and held hostage students and teachers in Beslan. The siege ended badly with the deaths of over 333 people--- over half of them students. I wonder who influenced the terrorists to pick 9/1? Hmmm.
BESLAN, Russia -- As hundreds of thousands of children flocked to schools across Russia for festive first-day celebrations Friday, the scene in the town of Beslan was grimly different.Jawa Report marks the first anniversary, First Jawa Report post on the crisis, Siege ends in shootout, Jawa Report post on the video from inside the school, Howie’s post while the Jawa was down due to Turkish hack attack on the Russians catching and killing Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev who claimed responsibility for the attack.
Tears flowed, sombre wreaths abounded and the solemn tolling of a bell reflected the grief and sense of loss that persist two years after the country's worst terrorist attack.
Sobs echoed through the ruins of the red-brick gymnasium at Beslan's School No. 1, where pupils, parents and staff were herded and held hostage by terrorists during a three-day ordeal in which 333 victims were killed, more than half of them children.
A bell tolled to mark the time the gunmen attacked the school in the southern Russian province of North Ossetia on Sept. 1, 2004, taking 1,128 students, teachers and parents hostage. The assault followed days after the terrorist bombing of two Russian passenger planes that killed 90 people, and a Moscow suicide bombing that killed 10.
Rusty adds: We should never forget that. Especially the asshats who say if we didn't go to war with Iraq, we'd have less terrorism.
I was still doing the old Allah blog at the time and remember watching the photos come over the wires that night, thinking it was the worst thing I’d ever see save, of course, for 9/11. That’s still true two years later, thank god.
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