September 7, 2004
By now, I'm sure everyone is aware of the horrifying massacre that took place in southern Russia, in the town of Beslan. David Brooks, a columnist for the NY Times, wrote an Op-Ed article clarifying that this wasn't a tragedy -- that it was a planned mass murder operation.I have to agree with him. I've often argued that people constantly look for the easiest, usually the nearest, subject they can lay blame on. In this case it is Putin. In the case of 9/11 and the soldier deaths in Iraq, it is the Bush administration. This is unfair. True, Putin probably could and should have done more to protect his people. True, Bush could have had a better exit plan in Iraq. But people, it is not Putin or Bush causing the deaths. As Brooks mentioned, "it wasn't Russian authorities who stuffed basketball nets with explosives and shot children in the back as they tried to run away."If you get robbed, is it your fault? The fact is that there are evil men and women out there desirous to cause chaos and death. They, the terrorists, are responsible for the deaths. They are the ones that merit the blame and the justice.
Posted by charr at 2:44 PM