Saturday, September 04, 2004

Terror in Beslan

The Zero Boss has posted this extremely moving account of the experience of being taken hostage for three days in Beslan, Russia. Well worth the read.

I find it incomprehensible that people could do that kind of thing. There has been, throughout wars, massacres of children and women, but this kind of torture defies humanity and transforms people into a form lower than animals.

Even though there were deaths and a lot of injured (CBC indicates 200 dead and 600 injured), I am certain that the hostages saw it as a deliverance.

My question is, how did these people get to become monsters? Is it utter desperation, conditioning, brainwashing, or religious fervor?

Or, by trying to find a reason, are we trying to avoid the fact that there are plain bad people in this world?

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