Today is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack at Beslan. Right now, relations with Russia aren’t very good, but I think we should pause to remember that the fanatics that want to kill us also lash out at other great powers.
Here in the U.S., we are preparing for the anniversary of the September 11th attacks. But we are not alone in remembering savagery against innocents this week. In Russia, families are remembering the hundreds who died at Beslan.
C.J. Chivers over at Esquire did an excellent write-up of the attack back in 2006. It goes beyond the dry facts to show the small, heroic acts by ordinary people that saved lives. Every person who thinks about personal security and the lengths that barbarians will go to in order to incite terror should read it.
As a parent, I cannot imagine the shock and anguish of knowing that no matter what you did, your children were probably going to die. I also dread the thought that our schools are just as wide open and unprotected.
For my friends in Russia, I remember the innocents of Beslan. They were not soldiers, they were not politicians, they were school-children, parents, and teachers. I hope that your leaders have learned from the experience, and I hope that my leaders at least think about the possibility of something similar happening here.