Global Issues in the Media
Weekly Writing 1
Moscow Airport Under Attack
It was just another busy Monday at Domodedovo on the 24th of January. Several hundred people stood in the crowded airport, unaware of the imminent damage that was about to take place. Many lives would change forever, in a way that would not be easily forgotten, by a group investigators around the world would be searching to find.
At approximately 4:37 p.m., a bomb went off in the reception area of Moscow’s largest airport, killing the nearest 35 people and injuring more than 100 others. Severed body parts were found scattered along the walls and floors of the building. Those inside other parts of the airport were thrown into a state of confusion when they happened along the bloody mess. Suspicions flew that it had been a suicide bomber at work.
This was not the first terrorist attack Moscow had suffered in the past twelve months. In March of 2010, the local subway system was affected by a similar bombing, killing 40. On New Years Eve, a woman was found dead in possession of a suicide belt. Other countless incidences have been reported throughout the past 15 years, seemingly in relation to the Russian/Chechen war, launched in 1999. That said, this was not a new situation for the country to deal with.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, according to the Washington Post on Tuesday, reacted at first in a hostile way, reprimanding the airport for having anything less than impenetrable security. Not all of the laws that had been created were being implemented. He also reached out to the family members of the recently dead, offering his sincere condolences. He required the hospitals to give out the best care to each of the wounded, and verbally committed to investigate this act of terrorism thoroughly. He did not stand alone in his feelings of fury.
As Yahoo! News states, Robert Gibbs, the White House spokesperson, quoted American President Barack Obama, labeling this act of terrorism as “outrageous”, and offering any assistance the United States can lend to Russia. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw her two cents in, declaring that “we will continue to work with the international community to combat violent extremism,” adding, “the United States remains ready to support the Russian government as it seeks to bring these perpetrators to justice,” (Washington Post).
On Thursday BBC News linked the bombing to the Stavropol citizen Vitaly Razdobudko, a member of the Nogai Jamaat, a North Caucasus terrorism battalion. At this time officials had claimed Razdobudko acted as either the bomber or the organizer, though the distinction was uncertain because he was found dead in the aftermath of the attack. Irishtimes.com stated on Saturday that the identity of the actual bomber had definitely been determined, but will not be released until the investigation is closed.
Until the investigation has been closed, however, the world will continue to remember the incidence that happened on Monday. Though life will go on as it always does, Russia can rest a little bit sounder knowing that they have an ally in the United States. Perhaps, the Russians may choose to use this as a lesson learned, and therefore install a better, tighter, airport security system to be put in place for the future.
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