“LONDON, England (AP) — Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, who claimed responsibility for last year’s brutal terrorist attack on a Russian school, was quoted as saying Thursday that the separatist rebels are planning more such operations.
In an interview with Channel 4 News to be broadcast Thursday night, part of which was quoted in Thursday’s Times of London newspaper, Basayev expressed regret for the hundreds of deaths in the June hostage-taking attack on the school in the Russian town of Beslan.
But he blamed some of the deaths on flame-throwers used by Russian special forces who attacked the school to end the siege. He said that action, not explosives set by the hostage-takers, had caused the roof of the school gym to collapse.
“We are planning more Beslan-type operations in the future because we are forced to do so,” the Times quoted Basayev as saying.
More than 1,000 hostages were taken in the school attack, which ended with the deaths of more than 330 people, many of them children.”
I find this to be exceptionally disturbing and it represents questions that I hope our leaders are mulling over. What do you do when you are fighting a person or organization that has no compunction about murder. What do you do when there are no remaining lines to be crossed. They will murder anyone, children, women, elderly, there is no group that is safe.
What do you do if you find that your ideas of a fair resolution are completly incompatible. What happens if you find that there are no political solutions to your problem. How far are you willing to go.