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Friday, September 03, 2004

Climax to the Terrorist Siege in Russia:

Russian troops stormed a school in the country's south, after hostages started fleeing the building where armed terrorists had been holding as many as 1,500 people captive for two days in Beslan, North Ossetia.

More than 200 wounded were taken to hospitals, Interfax said, citing Lev Dzugayev, spokesman for North Ossetia's government. Russian broadcasters NTV and Rossiya showed children escaping and gunfire and explosions could be heard during the broadcasts.

Russian forces haven't taken the area fully under control and gunfire can be heard coming from near the gym where the hostages were held, Sky News reported from the scene. Interfax earlier reported that the area was almost under control.

``Most of the children who had been taken hostage are still alive,'' NTV television reported from the scene. ``There are very many wounded.''

If initial reports are correct, the end result is that it could have been much worse.

Still, this event has had me pondering the possibilities of such an act in the US. What is to stop a well-organized group from entering one of our highly populated schools and executing hostages one by one? The only plausible solution is a long term assault on these militants, which illustrates why this war on terrorism is the most important issue of my lifetime. As the Blogmaster said, "That could be happening here, and sooner or later it will if we don't win this war first." I couldn't agree more.


.: posted by Dave 9:42 AM

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