This term was used by many of the major French newspapers to describe the
horrific series of events that unfolded in Beslan. I was enroute to
Bordeaux, France when I heard the news. I was stunned. Now, almost a week
after the beginning of the siege, the people of Russia and the rest of the
world are trying to comprehend the what, why, and how the massacre
unfolded.

First and foremost, the families of the Belsan vicims deserve some
answers. While President Putin has adamentley refused to enter into talks
with the Chechan separatists, equating the possiblity to if the White Houe
negotiated with Osama bin Laden, he has also refused to have a public
inquiry into the seige. Further, Putin denounced the Balsan siege as being
an act of terrorism, while a correct assessment of the events, he failed to mention the situation in and with Chechnya.

I don’t pretend to be extremely knowledgable about the
delicate relationship that Russia has with its volatile southern province
so I invite you to read Sarah’s analysis. But what I do know is that when
there has been such an excessive loss of innocent lives, numbering 335 and
counting, questions need to be answered. The Russian people need answers
and they need to hear them truthfully, from their president. He will have
to address the Chechan situation openly, and in the near future.

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This term was used by many of the major French newspapers to describe the
horrific series of events that unfolded in Beslan. I was enroute to
Bordeaux, France when I heard the news. I was stunned. Now, almost a week
after the beginning of the siege, the people of Russia and the rest of the
world are trying to comprehend the what, why, and how the massacre
unfolded.

First and foremost, the families of the Belsan vicims deserve some
answers. While President Putin has adamentley refused to enter into talks
with the Chechan separatists, equating the possiblity to if the White Houe
negotiated with Osama bin Laden, he has also refused to have a public
inquiry into the seige. Further, Putin denounced the Balsan siege as being
an act of terrorism, while a correct assessment of the events, he failed to mention the situation in and with Chechnya.

I don’t pretend to be extremely knowledgable about the
delicate relationship that Russia has with its volatile southern province
so I invite you to read Sarah’s analysis. But what I do know is that when
there has been such an excessive loss of innocent lives, numbering 335 and
counting, questions need to be answered. The Russian people need answers
and they need to hear them truthfully, from their president. He will have
to address the Chechan situation openly, and in the near future.

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