Yes, I thought that too. This is more than indiscriminate targeting.Originally Posted by Joanne Babunovic
Don't all humans have an instinctive protective sentiment towards children? I guess they calculated that, by surpressing their own sentiments in order to be prepared to kill hundreds of children, they had a greater chance of their demands being met. The Russian government had previously shown they are prepared to risk lives of hostages to end a crisis by force, but would surely balk at risking the lives of a schoolful of children. It looked initially like the terrorists' ruthless calculation might pay off, before it went wrong.
Think of the precedent that would have been set had they succeeded