Shamil Basayev, the mastermind of the taking of the hostages in the Russian school, was interviewed and had this to say:
Mr Basayev states: “We are planning more Beslan-type operations in the future because we are forced to do so.”
Justifying his attacks on civilian targets, he states: “We are at war and we look at the reality, and not at whether the population has weapons in their hands. We look at the reality of their participation in this war.
“ People who approve of Putin’s policies, people who pay their taxes for this war, people who send their soldiers to this war, priests who sprinkle holy water on them . . . How can they be innocent? They are just without weapons. Russian citizens are accomplices of this war, it just may be that they have no weapons in their hands. Peaceful people for us are those that don’t pay taxes for this war, people who don’t participate, and who speak against this war.”
If you paid your taxes then you are a combatant. I presume this is the rational used to justify 9-11 and the beheadings of female aid workers in Iraq too.
Like I said before, if these guys decide to take out a school in the U.S. they should do it in a major city many, many miles from the nearest farm.