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Friday, September 03, 2004



Massacre in North Ossetia (Russia).

Can't avoid news like that - Islamists fighting in Chechnya had taken hostage a huge school building full of children and their parents, over 1500 people in all (classes start on 1st of Sept. in Russia and parents always accompany the younger children on that first day, it's a tradition).

The school was immediately surrounded by special forces and thousands of parents and relatives. After only a couple of days mayhem errupted: terrorists had duck-taped explosives to the walls of the big hall where they had crammed all hostages, one of the bombs got accidentally detached, fell on the floor and exploded, part of the roof collapsed killing about a hundred kids, the wall collapsed, some hostages fled, terrorists opened fire on them, special forces returned fire, innumerable more kids and parents got shot in the process, some terrorists tried to flee, others barricaded themselves in the basement with some hostages, more fighting ensued with more victims among kids...

Basically, out of that 1500-something kids and parents a good third were killed or wounded with all this. And some terrorists managed to escape because of the total mayhem around the building.

In Russia things are never properly organized, it's a national characteristic - whenever there is a hostage-taking, there are always tons of victims because police and special forces can't organize, they can only shoot. When there was a hostage-taking in the Moscow theater, special forces caused the death of over a hundred hostages out of 750 with gas - it was supposed to paralize the terrorists, it did - but after that, during the evacuation, soldiers carried out unconscious people head down and first aid could not be immediately administered because of the mayhem in front of the building: these 120 people simply chocked to death.

Terrorists are bad fucks - but in Russia it's not they who kill most people in the end, it's always the clumsy stupid mayhem caused by innumerable idiots with guns who are supposed to protect the public.

This is not about to change - Russia is a uniquely stupid country, people there don't even get upset about this, they think it can't be otherwise. Yeah sure.





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