A couple of question to form a basis for argument: (1) Do you believe that the Chechan people would elect the terrorists leaders in a hypothetically free election? (2) How far back in Russian history do you want to go in this discussion?I may not respond to your next post for a while. I'm calling it a day. But I'll argue for my position at another time.
It's inexcusable to take children for hostages, or to take hostages at all. Anyone who uses these methods deserves whatever they get in the way or retaliation, and they deserve no sympathy for their cause. Unless it was a last resort and it was the only way they could preserve their own lives. This is not the case here, so I have no sympathy.ZAP
Besides, if you are a proponent of democracy, which I hope you are, you would concede that these people deserve to have a government of their choosing, not one that is imposed upon them by their occupying forces.