Hello Timothy Bancroft-Hinchley,
Thank you for your article about 'making sense of Beslan' and especially your comments concerning the propensity of western reporters/commentators to attack the Russian Government and the security forces. I guess old habits die hard in the West. It doesn't, however, necessarily follow that we - the ordinary public - are taken in, hoodwinked, by such commentary. No sane, thinking person wh closely followed the events could possibly lay the blame at the feet of the security forces for this appalling event.
Rightly you comment that the terrorists are to blame and that no matter what cause they claim to represent, nothing in idealogy or religion can possibly justify this action of theirs at the Beslan school.
My sympathies and deepest sorrow are sent to the bereaved, injured and all those so affected by this obscenity against us all.
I am an elderly englishman living in Sweden
Near the United Nations Glass Palace in New York, there is a metallic sculpture entitled "Evil Defeated by Good", representing Saint George transfixing a dragon with his lance. It was donated by the USSR in 1990 to celebrate the INF Treaty concluded with the USA in 1987