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Massacre in Moscow: Whom to Mourn First?

How could they have imagined it? On Friday night, thousands of Muscovites filled a large concert hall to spend a carefree, pleasant evening listening to music.

It reminds us of the thousands of New Yorkers who, on the morning of September 11, 2001, passed through the doors of the Twin Towers to go to their offices.

What followed in both cases had no precedent in recent historical memory when they took place.

Terrorists, youths, deeply blinded by hatred, entered the concert hall and began shooting with automatic weapons against unsuspecting people.

Bodies began to fall, creating piles. Screams of pain and panic from the wounded, instead of the sounds of music, filled the hall.

The initial shock of the shootings turned into the dreadful certainty that no one would survive the massacre that the terrorists had so skillfully prepared with diabolic professionalism.

Humanity, life, were nullified. People had no value. No significance. Blood, corpses, revenge, that’s what counted. The more human bodies, the more blood, the greater the success of the act of revenge. The better they did their job. The better they carried out their mission.

Those who ‘programmed’ them for this mission would be even prouder of them.

Who were the perpetrators? Who were these children, as they appear in the video, who agreed to do such evil? Do they have no parents, relatives, wives, or girlfriends? Did they do it precisely to get revenge?

Or did they do it in the name of their homeland and their people who were wronged, who were trampled upon, or in the name of their religion?

And who are those who took these children and turned them into soulless, callous murderers?

If war is humanity’s great failure, terrorism, especially of this kind, mass, uncontrolled terrorism, is humanity’s ultimate failure.

Whom should we mourn first? The innocent victims or the terrorists – who were also tragic victims of an evil process?


This article is part of a continuing series dealing with reports of Greek POWs in Asia Minor in the Thessaloniki newspaper, Makedonia in July 1936.

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