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The world received a sad reminder of just how dangerous and threatening terrorism has become as more than three hundred people—most of them children—died when Russian troops and police stormed a school that had been taken over by terrorist rebels from the breakaway province of Chechnya in the Russian city of Beslan. This act was followed almost immediately by the bombing of the Australian Embassy in Indonesia with nine dead in that attack. And, if mankind’s craziness wasn’t enough...

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