ntang (ntang) wrote,

Russian mixup

Ok, I have to admit I don't know a lot about the wee mixup in Russia, but I do know this: they accidentally killed around 115 of the 800 hostages they were trying to save and hospitalized another 400 of them. They apparently pumped poisonous gas into the compound to take out the rebels, a brilliant idea in the first place, and then as I understand it refused to tell the doctors what gas they used so it took several hours to figure out how to treat it.

I'm sorry, but can someone explain this to me? Am I missing details? Is there some terrible joke here, or was that really as stupid as it sounded? I mean, 115 dead from poison, another 400 sick from it - seems like there'd have been a lower loss of life just by storming the building with machine-gun armed soldiers.

How is this humanly possible? I mean, really, how can that happen? Maybe my mind has been poisoned by the liberal western media but is poisoning your own people in hopes of taking out the rebels REALLY a good strategy? Did it occur to them that maybe it might not work so well? And why on EARTH would they refuse to release details of the poison to the doctors responsible for treating the victims? Are they using something banned by the Geneva convention or something so they're worried about getting in trouble if the details leak out?

This just seems like such a huge case of incompetence and stupidity that it's just unbearable. What a waste.

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