Were the anti-terror tactics that led to the gassing and death of many innocent people justified? What role did the media play, and is force the only answer for Chechnya? Above all, what can we learn about our new partners in the Kremlin?
International coverage of the hostage crisis has focused principally on two aspects of this tragic episode. The ﬁrst was the direct human dimension. The fanaticism of the Chechens, the appalling plight of the hostages, the spectacular counter-terrorist operation, and ﬁnally the sight of relatives being denied access and information about their loved ones – all these elements combined to create an extraordinary human drama.