On September 1, 2004 terrorists captured more than 1300 hostages at the local School #1 in Beslan, Republic of Ossetia, South Russia during the traditional “Welcome to School” ceremony. This act of terror was directed specifically at children. Hundreds of young children spent 53 hours without water and food in an overcrowded hot gymnasium, wired with explosives. They witnessed the beatings and murders of family members, friends and teachers.
Much has happened in the past 8 months since the tragedy in Beslan, not the least of which has been the tsunami devastation. While the pictures were fresh and the tears still moist, many took action. As time passes we tend to return to going about our business as usual. I’m not sure why this bit of recent history seems to have stuck in my mind and has been resurfacing lately, but it has.