The events yesterday in Russia (Beslan) are just... horrific? mind-blowingly tragic? Words are failing me. Every time something like this happens, be it Columbine or Munich or New York, I am filled with sadness and wonder at the evil that exists in this world. What do people hope to achieve? Or is it because they lack hope, and so wish to deny it from others?

The loss of the children, the anguish of the community, the sense of helplessness - my meager writings are inadequate to the task. The solution is equally unclear. "Give in" to the demands and they become a neverending stream. Ignore them and the ante gets upped and upped. I'm at a loss. And others feel the same.

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