2nd anniversary of Beslan

Michelle Malkin reminds us that it was on this day in 2004 that 1,100 people in Beslan’s School No. 1 in North Ossetia, Russia were held hostage by Islamic militants. 333 people, including 186 children, died over the next couple of days.

If you want to weep your Friday away, check out HBO’s ‘Children of Beslan‘. I mentioned it in July when the Russians blew up Shamil Basayev, Beslan’s mastermind.

UPDATE: 2GuysInPoznan remind us that it’s also another anniversary


  1. I can’t watch that show, bro. As it is, every time I see ‘Red Dawn’ I want to charge out and start icing commies. And that’s just a goofy make-believe movie. Recall also that it was in the fall- October- of ’02 when muslim savages took the theater in Moscow. Was there ever a time when normal humans were safe from psychotic fuckos?

  2. It’s sad, yes… but proof once again that the Spetsnaz are not all that, well, special. ‘Russian Special Forces: When absolutely EVERYONE has got to die.’ Works great for icing bad guys. Not so good when hostages are involved. All kidding aside, I miss the Towering Speeches of the Soviet. At least you could have a stiff drink with them at the bar before going back to figuring out how to kill each other. ‘Muj Don’t Surf!’ V

  3. V, I spent some time with 20th Group once. As an overfed civilian and nominal media member, mind you, not as a soldier. Some of the guys had spent time in Azerbaijan and the ‘Stans, particularly in coordinating with and updating those countries’ Spetznaz forces. They weren’t impressed.

  4. Hell, in Red Dawn, the Spetsnaz couldn’t even kill those high school kids! I kept waiting for the Russians to flank their fixed positions, but no, they just kept running up the hill into unaimed machine gun fire.

  5. Hey, Murdoc, I caught that ‘Children of Beslan’ special on some late night programming last night in Poland. I found it riveting. I didn’t know the name of the program and I was watching it dubbed in Polish, but thought it was a very interesting angle to tell the story…never from an adult’s perspective. We lived in Russia for awhile, so I could catch some of the first-hand account from the children in Russian. I lived in Krasnodar (west of Grozny, Chechnya) in 1994-5, when the fighting broke out. There was a couple of bombs scares in the city at that time. I also remember waiting for a bus one night about 22:30 to go home. I was wearing a U.S. army jacket (not mine, didn’t serve) and had to have a chat with police working the street. Fortunately, my copy of my (U.S.) passport showed that I was not a part of the current enemy, and I was left to carry on my way.

  6. Murdoc, could you let your readers know about the must-read book of the year, Terror at Beslan? I wrote a review of it, but I’m afraid I cannot really do the book justice. Be prepared to throw out what you think you know about Belsan – the author was there, and an expert counter-terrorism witness! If you’ve got kids – or know any kids – you must read that book. I swear, it’s that important to the future of our own children. PS. Just my own two cents: The Russian Special Forces gave their lives to rescue everyone they could. They operated under the most chaotic circumstances possible, yet when it came right down to it, they were the ones placing their bodies between the terrorists and the hostages – not the townspeople; and certainly not the politicians. All of them died saving the lives of others. Men of that caliber need to be remembered with honor, despite the political accusations of activists and politicians. Politics meant nothing at Beslan, and nothing to those heroic men – the only things that mattered to them were the precious lives of the children they shielded with their own bodies.