Russian School Hostage Video
For latest news, information, images, and links to other hostage videos please go to MAIN PAGE HERE.UPDATE: 9/13 Video here. (in German) Chad over at In the Bullpen alerted me to the fact that the Chechen terrorists made a video tape of themselves while they were busy massacring children. The Chechen terrorists in Beslan, North Ossetia seem to be following the lead of the Chechens who held a Moscow theater hostage last year--they also shot a video. Chad noticed Yahoo News was running some vidcaps from the terrorist's video. I did some checking around and found these posted at NTV.RU. None are too graphic. NTV is the station that has a copy of the tape, but they have not posted the video and I presume the whole thing is much too graphic to air on Russian television (which is saying a lot). The pics are in the extended entry below. The NTV video can be viewed here, it's not very graphic and it's narrated in Russian. UPDATE: On closer inspection the last few seconds of the video are disturbing. Vidcap #3 below is taken from a shot where you hear a voice in the background. The voice is talking to someone on a cell-phone. He is not speaking Russian. He is either speaking Turkic or Arabic, but he distinctly can be heard speaking the Arabic phrase "Allahu-Akhbar". The next scene is disturbing if brief. The camera looks down at blood on the ground and pans past what look to be the legs and arms of dead children. You cannot see their full bodies, just a brief glimpse as the camera pans past to focus on the blood. Horrible. Update II: Allah also has some of the same images as does Charles Johnson, and of course Chad Evans where I first got tipped of this. Petrified Truth also has some links to NTV. Jay Tea at Wizbang ponders the question: what next? Captain Ed on the horror's that the media don't want you to see. Update III: More pics found. Also below. Update IV: Via Dale Franks and Chad Evans this news:
While despairing soldiers and rescue workers moved among the growing pile of body bags, it was revealed that an 18-month-old baby had been repeatedly stabbed by a black-clad terrorist who had run out of ammunition. Other survivors told how screaming teenage girls were dragged into rooms adjoining the gymnasium where they were being held and raped by their Chechen captors who chillingly made a video film of their appalling exploitsUPDATE V: More pics below. UPDATE VI: Via Michael J. Totten at Suicide Girls this Telegraph piece:
An extremist Islamic cleric based in Britain said yesterday that he would support hostage-taking at British schools if carried out by terrorists with a just cause. Omar Bakri Mohammed, the spiritual leader of the extremist sect al-Muhajiroun, said that holding women and children hostage would be a reasonable course of action for a Muslim who has suffered under British rule.... "The Mujahideen [Chechen rebels] would not have wanted to kill those people, because it is strictly forbidden as a Muslim to deliberately kill women and children. It is the fault of the Russians," he said.UPDATE VII: Click here for the BBC version of the video. Very close to original.
Above: A Chechen terrorist
Above: The children of Gradeschool #1 in Beslan, Ossetia are rounded up into the gym
Above: One of the bombs the Chechen terrorists displayed
Above: The terrorists view of the school burning after the attack. In the video, you can hear the terrorist talking on a cell phone in some language other than Russian. He can be distinctly heard saying "Allahu-Akhbar" or "God is Great" in Arabic.
Above: Another shot of the children, aren't these guys tough?
Above: An incindiary device made by the Chechen terrorists
Above: A Chechen terrorist strolls past the children. Notice their hands on top of their heads.
Above: A Chechen terrorist points at a bomb as a child flinches in fear
Above: What appears to be a trail of blood from a body that has been dragged across the floor?
Yahoo has some more photos, if you have the full video let me know and we'll get it to Chad for hosting.
Posted by: Chad Evans at September 07, 2004 03:55 PM
I watched it and have a few comments:
1) it doesn't look anything close to 1000 people in that gym;
2) why are they still wearing masks? It was clearly a suicide mission and their identity would eventually be known thru body parts;
3) I really couldn't make out allah ahkbar, and that last piece of audio seemed a different quality.
4) While its certainly possible and even likely that arab islamists were involved, its also in the Russian governments interests to have them involved. Take any audio on the tape with a grain of salt.
Posted by: mike at September 07, 2004 05:06 PM
Something tells me I'm going to be dragging this poem out for many years to come:
Are there no words for this, no words to frame
This horror? What words would give clarity?
What words could possibly work to bring shame
To those whose language defines charity
As bullets in the backs of young children;
As knives through the necks of unbelievers;
As human bombs blown to bloody ribbon
(Crimson ticker tape for gibbering reavers)?
There are no words to speak this in fullness.
Logic fights with mercy, mercy cowers
From anger, and anger tethers darkness,
While all my language the darkness devours.
O God, I have no words, my mouth is shut,
And butchers bleed my tongue with each new cut.
Posted by: ccwbass at September 07, 2004 05:20 PM
I agree. It doesn't look like 1,000 people in the gym, however according to reports they had hostages scattered throughout the building. I also tried the Active X thing to no avail, however I found a Real Player link that I forwarded to Rusty.
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Posted by: chablis at October 13, 2004 07:55 AM
Some would cite Timothy McVeigh as an example of Christian terrorism because of his role in the Oklahoma City bombing. This is misguided since McVeigh never purported himself to be a "freedom fighter" for God or anything of the sort. As a matter of fact, he defiantly purported himself to be a "freedom fighter" against what he perceived to be a government operating outside the bounds of the Constitution. Maybe he was correct about the government, but he was an evil, murderous scab of a human being none-the-less. There's quite a profound difference between the above mentioned varieties of "freedom fighters." McVeigh was interviewed by Lou Michel, co-author of the book "American Terrorist." Michel talked about it with CNN in a story posted on April 1, 2001. The following is an excerpt:
QUESTION: Does McVeigh have any spiritual-religious beliefs?
LOU MICHEL: McVeigh is agnostic. He doesn't believe in God, but he won't rule out the possibility. I asked him, "What if there is a heaven and hell?” He said that once he crosses over the line from life to death, if there is something on the other side, he will -- and this is using his military jargon -- "adapt, improvise, and overcome.” Death to him is all part of the adventure. ##
So much for the blue-eyed white-devil Christian terrorist theory we repeatedly hear used as a means of convincing us that there is no pattern within the terrorist genre.
The most troubling thing is that Muslims in the United States seem rather silent when atrocities occur by the hand of Islamic extremists, such as the Russian school massacre or bus bombings in Israel. Following the slow, agonizing decapitation of Nick Berg using what might as well have been a plastic butter knife, I heard nothing from American Muslim groups on any major media outlet in the United States. When an alleged terrorist cell was busted in Buffalo, NY, I saw no prominent American Muslims on TV discussing their satisfaction amid the arrest of a group of possible criminals. We instead heard accusations of religious hatred on the part of GWB and John Ashcroft.
We are likely entering WW4 (the third world war having been the Cold War), and the citizens of the United States have a nasty history in the course of such conflicts. In WW2, as you likely are quite aware, a frustrated American public perceived the Japanese American community to be less than enthusiastic toward the endeavor the nation was about to embark upon against Japan. Furthermore, there were numerous examples of Japanese Americans who were actively working to undermine the efforts of the US government against Japan. Anxiety lead to action, and so it was that on February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which resulted in the forcible internment of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. What a disgrace… but a necessary disgrace.
If you're a Muslim living in America, and you're reading this, please try to understand history and the lessons it teaches. Please don't serve as an impediment to this just and necessary pursuit of your country, for history has a tendency to repeat, and sadly, it seems that the wheels of repetition might already have begun to irreversibly turn.
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