Aftermath of Terror

Grief-stricken relatives in Beslan

Mourning relatives in Beslan, North Ossetia, as dozens of coffins snaked their way through a muddy field serving as a makeshift cemetary on September 6, 2004. (Photo: Yuri Tutov/AFP-Getty Images)

It all started on August 24, 2004 when an explosion cut through the air near Moscow.

Rumors of a plane missing – then another - as we all sat glued to the television for news.

Then the explosion and carnage by Rizhsky metro station and one day later the school hostage stand-off in Beslan, Ossetia, which ended in the most horrific way.

No one could ever have imagined - and yet everyone was dreading the unspeakable.

It seemed that the stream of death and blood would never stop.

Emotions were running high and we could not believe it was actually happening.

More terrorism for Russia - not the first time, but it doesn’t make the grief and distress any easier to handle.

The question on everybody’s mind - could the strikes have been prevented?

Who is in charge? Why didn’t the Government take effective steps to reverse the wheels of terror?

The events of the past few days exploded in the media. As journalists covered the horrific events, their coverage struck us as reports from a war.

A war between life and death?

The lists of victims and terrifying pictures of the carnage are everywhere.

People are scared to death for their loved ones and for themselves. The bloodshed marathon leaves us feeling vulnerable and afraid. Nowhere to run for shelter… Nowhere to hide … Helpless in the face of terrorism, which might strike out just about anywhere, from around any corner… Nobody is safe.

Grim faces on the metro trains, looking suspiciously at other passengers …The memories of the explosion in the Metro in February 2004 that killed dozens of people still fresh in our minds.

Ordinary people are falling prey to terrorism. What is happening to our world? It feels like the walls are closing in and the sky is falling down on us.

People flying on planes are falling down on us. None of this was meant to happen for them.

Hundreds of innocent children going to their first day of school - never to see their smiling faces again.

These monsters went after our children. They deserve no place on Earth.

We can’t bring the children back, but how can we, the survivors of these horrible events, deal with the tragedy and go on?

The Russian “be what may” attitude will do the trick. People will emerge stronger as a result.

Should we bow our head to the terrorism or should we fight it wherever we see it?

In the wake of the terrorist strikes we want to stand tall and take up the challenge thrown down by terrorism.

What do the terrorists want to accomplish? Strike fear in our hearts? Break us? What?

Evil is strong but in fairy tales the good always triumphs over it. We must believe that there is some good left somewhere.

Or there will be nothing left to believe.

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