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@oldirtybearon said:

@truthtellah: Just out of curiosity but do you really think that this is the right thread to get the name and shame going for how the Russian government has been acting lately?

You know, I somewhat agree, but when someone suggests that people should rally around another Russian crackdown by Putin, I think that it would be wrong not to respond to it to some extent. Obviously, the main focus is on the tragic loss of life, but if someone suggests that one of the responses should be greater repressive action, then it should at least be responded to in some fashion. A lot of times, in the wake of attacks like this, people call for blood and suggest that anything and everything be done, and that isn't right. Because, unfortunately, people often follow through on it.

I'm done talking about it if others don't want to discuss it, but I think it needed to be noted that responding to evil with further evil is possibly the worst response anyone could have.

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@truthtellah said:

@isomeri said:

@stonyman65 said:

Seems like stuff like this is getting worse and worse, and more frequent. Its horrible.

Any idea on the motive? I'm guessing something Islam related? I haven't really read any news yet besides just hearing that something happened.

Russia is the largest country in the world with the second longest border in the world. In essence there are a lot of countries to have border disputes with and a lot of areas demanding independence. The timing was probably meant to gain attention before the coming winter Olympics.

They have also struck two major avenues for traveling to the Olympic games in Russia; so, they seem to be suggesting that similar such attacks might occur during the games. It's certainly a rather frightening possibility to place in people's minds.

Hopefully they catch the particular terrorists involved in planning these attacks.

Oh you mean the Olympics in Sochi? A place that is literally 15 hours drive away? I wouldn't leap to such conclusions just yet.

As far as the size of Russia and the major lines of transport, yeah, I'd say Sochi is reasonably close to these bombings and Chechnya. Volgograd is a major hub of train transport for anyone going to Sochi from inside southern Russia, and during the Olympics, it will likely be packed even further than it usually is. Even if these particular attacks aren't related to the Olympics, it does still raise serious questions about their security for the event, and it's understandable for people to have greater fear from that.

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@truthtellah said:

@thedudeofgaming said:

@truthtellah said:

@thedudeofgaming said:

It's time for Putin to bring the hammer down, again. Just my personal opinion. Anyway just thought I'd share, seeing as how I didn't see a thread about this.

It's not time for that. That is what this is all about. A repressive regime pushing desperate people to resort to terrorism.

The answer to what is wrong isn't to hurt innocent civilians, and these terrorist attacks are absolutely reprehensible. But the response to them should not be for Putin to tighten his grip even further. That would be the worst response, not only for hurting average Russian citizens even further, but also because it would likely just inspire more attacks like this.

Russia doesn't need any more of a hammer coming down. They need serious reforms.

First off, it depends on the intensity of the attack. If you make it clear to the terrorists that any attack will cost them far more than Russia, they'll either stop or be eradicated.

Secondly, what of the repression of Iraq and Afghanistan? Maybe they should make a couple of attacks on US targets, so people can hear their cry for help?

Might makes right.

If all you do when you see an attack like this is to ask for greater repression by a dictator, then you are misled. These attacks are evil, but in responding to evils, you shouldn't just be willing to support any other evil in response.

These violent terrorist attacks are terrible, and they are not the way to bring awareness of grievances. I would not wish them on any nation, and I would certainly not wish them here. A government cracking down on its people yet again and restricting freedoms even further is also terrible, and to respond in such a manner would only mean greater pain and loss in the nation. It is not what Russia or any nation needs.

I disagree. Giving into any and all demands of any terrorist, regardless of motivation, shows that they can win, and do so using the most vile and disgusting strategy of the modern age.

And what of the children who lost their parents in the attacks? Do you think that they'll forget what was done? It is a vicious cycle, but one that, I assure you, won't end with Russian blood.

I admire your views, and pity them. Admire because they would lead to a better world. I pity them because we're not living in a better world. To put it bluntly, people shouldn't be looked on as good or evil. But as those who are killing, and those who are killed. You decide which is better.

So, if people are making good demands for freedom and then a terrorist comes along and supports the same thing, those good demands are no longer good?

Russia should make reforms because they're the right thing to do regardless of whether any terrorists want them or not. The reason shouldn't be out of fear of more attacks but out of realization that it's the right thing to do. The possible nice side effect is getting rid of major reasons for such attacks.

By clamping down even further, Russia would only see greater bloodshed and an even lower quality of life. Many Russians have seen in their own lifetimes that the government loosening its tight grip is better for them than the alternative that crushed them for decades. They should not allow violent people to push them back into those darker times. Instead, they should recognize that everyone gains from undoing Putin's grip and opening the door for possible self-governance by some parts of the country still claimed by Russia.

I am in favor of Russia also undoing recent efforts to crack down on homosexuals and anyone that might support their right to exist in the nation, and even if some terrorist came along and blew themselves up in support of that, I'd still believe that homosexuals should not have to fear for their lives for simply being who they are.

Terrorists shouldn't dictate public policy, and cracking down would only give them even greater reason and support to keep spreading such senseless violence. In the interests of protecting their people from terrorist threats, Russia should lawfully pursue the criminals orchestrating the plots, and in the interests of protecting their people from their own repressive government, they should choose to pursue reforms.

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@isomeri said:

@stonyman65 said:

Seems like stuff like this is getting worse and worse, and more frequent. Its horrible.

Any idea on the motive? I'm guessing something Islam related? I haven't really read any news yet besides just hearing that something happened.

Russia is the largest country in the world with the second longest border in the world. In essence there are a lot of countries to have border disputes with and a lot of areas demanding independence. The timing was probably meant to gain attention before the coming winter Olympics.

They have also struck two major avenues for traveling to the Olympic games in Russia; so, they seem to be suggesting that similar such attacks might occur during the games. It's certainly a rather frightening possibility to place in people's minds.

Hopefully they catch the particular terrorists involved in planning these attacks before anyone else is hurt.

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@truthtellah said:

@thedudeofgaming said:

It's time for Putin to bring the hammer down, again. Just my personal opinion. Anyway just thought I'd share, seeing as how I didn't see a thread about this.

It's not time for that. That is what this is all about. A repressive regime pushing desperate people to resort to terrorism.

The answer to what is wrong isn't to hurt innocent civilians, and these terrorist attacks are absolutely reprehensible. But the response to them should not be for Putin to tighten his grip even further. That would be the worst response, not only for hurting average Russian citizens even further, but also because it would likely just inspire more attacks like this.

Russia doesn't need any more of a hammer coming down. They need serious reforms.

First off, it depends on the intensity of the attack. If you make it clear to the terrorists that any attack will cost them far more than Russia, they'll either stop or be eradicated.

Secondly, what of the repression of Iraq and Afghanistan? Maybe they should make a couple of attacks on US targets, so people can hear their cry for help?

Might makes right.

If all you do when you see an attack like this is to ask for greater repression by a dictator, then you are misled. These attacks are evil, but in responding to evils, you shouldn't just be willing to support any other evil in response.

These violent terrorist attacks are terrible, and they are not the way to bring awareness of grievances. I would not wish them on any nation, and I would certainly not wish them here. A government cracking down on its people yet again and restricting freedoms even further is also terrible, and to respond in such a manner would only mean greater pain and loss in the nation. It is not what Russia or any nation needs.

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@thedudeofgaming said:

It's time for Putin to bring the hammer down, again. Just my personal opinion. Anyway just thought I'd share, seeing as how I didn't see a thread about this.

It's not time for that. That is part of what is leading to this. A repressive regime pushing desperate people to resort to terrorism.

The answer to what is wrong in Russia isn't to hurt innocent civilians, and these terrorist attacks are absolutely reprehensible. But the response to them should not be for Putin to tighten his grip even further. That would be the worst response, not only for hurting average Russian citizens even further, but also because it would likely just inspire more attacks like this.

Russia doesn't need any more of a hammer coming down. They need serious reforms.

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@joshwent said:

That OP gets a five...

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out of five.

(P.S.: We'd love to have more female perspectives right here in the forums. Post more!)

Yeah, we're all making jokes on how that came out, but we'd certainly appreciate more female perspectives in the forums and maybe even with the staff if they decide to go that direction! :)

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