The Aftermath of "Russia's 9/11"

The deadly Beslan school siege is President Putin's sternest test. Here's what could follow, especially for U.S.-Russia relations

Was the Sept. 4 bloodbath in Beslan, North Ossetia, in which at least 334 people were killed and scores injured, the Russian equivalent of the September 11 attacks? Although Russian newspapers are already calling that, to many, the comparison may seem inappropriate. Unlike the U.S. strike, this wasn't an assault against Russia's main symbols of power. Moreover, the number of lives lost is significantly less.

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