Every 1st September is a special holiday for us Russians, its the day children go to school and is celebrated with a "leneyka". This is a ceremony, mostly put on by the students themselves, with poetry reading, dance, singing, folk acts and so on, culminating in an 11th grader (our schools are 11 years long) carrying a 1st grader on his shoulders while the 1st grader rings the ceremonial first bell.
But ever since 2004, this day also brings with it another memory, the memory of Beslan. The small town in our province of North Ossessia, in which a school full of teachers, students and parents was taken hostage and then massacred. The loan police officer was quickly shot down as over 30 militants, half Arabs, half Chechens, all Sunni Jihadist Fanatics, charged in. They took over 1.000 hostages.
These were the men of the Riyadus-Salikhin Battalion, sent by the now dead and damned Shamil Basayev, former minister of the military in the short lived Chechen "republic". He was a darling of the West and the Saudi/Qatar Jihad machine.
They quickly separated the men, took them upstairs and started shooting them. Then the rapes and torture started of the children and women. Equally during those 3 days of Hell, were the hostages denied water and food. All this in heat of over 32C.
The gym was lined with explosives. When I saw on the coverage that several of the Jihadists were showing their faces, I told my wife, this is a suicide mission. She was in denial. Three days later an explosion rang out, one of the bombs in a basketball hoop had fallen down and detonated. A chaotic rush of spetnaz, regular military and every father with a rifle surged into the school to save as many lives as possible. The Islamic Sunni Jihadists started to massacre the civilians, mostly children. They gave no quarter. Three hundred thirty four hostages, half of them children, lost their lives (156). At least ten special forces also died, as well as 31 Jihadists.
Many men died that day, protecting the children with their bodies. One of this writer's best friend's spetnaz buddies sacrificed himself by covering children with his body. Even in the depth of this tragedy, the true Russian Christian warrior soul was on display.
It should be noted that the Western media used every term possible, but never the term terrorist, when describing these animals. The BBC was particular in 1. Calling them Separatists and 2. Never mentioning that the majority of these animals were Arabs not Chechens.
Chechen separatists had stormed the school on the Wednesday morning and were holding more than 1,000 children and adults hostage. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/spl/hi/world/04/russian_s/html/1.stm
Or this entry from Wikipedia:
The Beslan school hostage crisis (also referred to as the Beslan school siege or Beslan massacre) started the first of September 2004, lasted three days and involved the capture of over 1,100 people as hostages (including 777 children), ending with the death of 334 people. The crisis began when a group of armed Islamic separatist militants. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beslan_school_hostage_crisis
After so many years, the questions remain: who ordered Beslan? It was a paid for job. The terrorists had satellite phones and computers and were uploading snuff and rape films. The Arabs were in communications with other Arab speakers. The Saudis and Qataris are the usual suspects, as they are the financiers of Jihad world wide, and the US/UK/NATO are their guardians. Ex-President of Georgia and now American professor Saakashvili has also come under suspicion, as he regularly assisted Islamic Jihadists operating to the north of him and Georgia was and still is a den of CIA and Islamic operatives.
In a world where spravidlivost ruled, those responsible, those who financed and those who provided military or political cover for the sponsors, would all be brought here and buried next to the graves of these children.
Many monuments have been built to the victims and survivors of Beslan, but the gymnasium remains and will always remain the main shrine to innocence lost. To the barbaric murder of hope, happiness and life, for even those that survived are scared and for those whose children died in that hot Hell on earth, a portion of their lives will always be soaked into the concrete of that building, like the blood that was spilt there.
The tree of Grief:
The crying boy:
The new exterior of the crumbling gymnasium to protect this monument of loss.