It sickens me watching the Russian Hostage Siege unfold, especially as I now have children, and it hits me in the pit of my stomach, watching the scenes.
And I'm angered by the patronising reporting, of the ending of the siege, and the "chaos" that has ensued.
Of course there's chaos, it's a very difficult situation, not helped by all the western TV channels trying to report the situation and repeating the same scenes over and over again to make that look like that's what's happening.
A booby trapped school with lots of terrorists and children is a difficult situation for any armed force.
I was having a conversation today about the difference between Russians and Americans.
I still can't find the article, but I've said it before, that when NASA went to visit the Russian rocket scientists a few years ago to share technology for a joint venture, they were shocked and amazed to find that Russian rockets, had 3 times the thrust of American rockets, as well as 3 time the reliability, at a third of the price.
When asked how was this achieved, the Russians told them that they just get on with it, testing rockets to destruction until they get it right. The rockets may not look pretty, but they sure are effective.
That's known as substance over style!
The guy I was telling this too, added, that when the Americans are launching a rocket, everyone is kept several miles back and there's blanket security. When the Russian launch a rocket, it's a community event, no big deal with families picnicking nearby!!
Parents and cars rushing to the scene of the school, struck me more as community spirit than chaos, more a Dunkirk spirit, of lots of boats across the water, wanting to rescue people, than mass "chaos".