Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Reading through the excerpt, as well as the sections Peter Carlson reproduced in yesterday's Washington Post, one cannot escape how coldly methodical the killers planned this operation. This was not an operation "for show" or to "demonstrate" but deliberately intended to target innocent civilians. If the Beslan attack is not the classic definition of what terrorism is, and cannot be accepted as terrorism pure and simple, with no "ifs, ands or buts" about it, then we truly cannot have any sort of global coalition against terrorism.
It is instructive to go to the website of Human Rights Watch and find no reporting whatsoever of human rights conditions in Chechnya in 1998 and up to August 1999. Apparently, floggings, mutilations, executions, kidnappings for ransom, and the open operation of slave markets in Grozny were of no importance to human rights there, and still aren't.