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Sympathy and Prayers for Victims of Bombing

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Editor,


I heard on the news about the metro suicide bombing and my heart ached for Moscow.

In 1994 my husband and I visited our daughter who was living in Minsk, Belarus. She took us to Moscow to see the beautiful Red Square, St. Basil's, and other sites. We also rode the metro and were so impressed with it.

Now when I hear about the bombing, I remember how so many people rode the trains and I am so sorry they had to experience this. Our family will be praying for the families who were hurt by this tragedy. We loved the people we met while we visited in Russia.

Beth Rosenbush
Metamora, Illinois



Editor,


I have just heard on the news of the bombing in the Moscow subway. My heart goes out to the victims and the families of this horrible tragedy.

I spent time in Moscow a few months ago and fell in love with this great city and the Russian people. Russians have much to be proud of. Terror has struck both our countries with the purpose to frighten and intimidate us. But I know that the resolve and courage of the Russian people will rise to the occasion.

I just wanted the people of Moscow and Russia to know that they are constantly in my prayers and in the prayers of many of their fellow men here in the United States of America. May God bless the nation of Russia and all who reside within her borders.

Gary Panzer
Memphis, Tennessee



Editor,


I would like to express my sympathy for the tragedy that has taken place in Moscow. It is with sadness that I understand the loss of fellow countrymen in a pointless tragic attack.

I have traveled in Moscow twice. It is a beautiful city, rich with history and architecture, and filled with citizens whose hearts are honorable. May God bless those who have suffered loss and provide protection for all from further senseless acts such as this.

Della Banks
West Liberty, Kentucky



Editor,


I cannot begin to tell you of my sorrow over the heinous acts of misguided people who resort to terrorism to promote their ideologies.

I would like for those who lost loved ones, and those who were injured to know that my prayer partners in 19 countries will be praying for them.

Terrorism is an evil act committed by evil people who will face a holy and loving God whose justice is swift, and whose judgment is sure.

I have many friends in Russia. I pray also that none of them were injured or suffered because of this terrible tragedy. I also pray that the survivors may soon come to know the fullness of God's tender love and generous kindness. I wish I were there to help out.

May God bless Russia's people and comfort them in this hour.

Rev. Dutch Conditt
Palestine, Texas





Editor,


I would like to convey my most sincere sympathy for the people of Moscow who have had to endure the horrible and senseless violence of Friday morning.

My heart goes out to the families of those killed and to those that were injured.

After the 9/11 tragedy in New York, the people of Russia reached out to Americans with sympathy and compassion, and now it is time for Americans to return that sympathy and compassion.

I had American friends in Moscow at the time, and they tell me that Russian people put their arms around them and told them how sorry they were that such a tragedy occurred. Although I cannot be there to put my arms around people in Moscow, please know that my thoughts and prayers are with them.

Bobbie Henry
Clarksville, Tennessee



Editor,


It was with great sadness that I read about the recent terrorist bombing in the Moscow metro. I learned first hand about senseless killing when a gunman entered my church and killed several friends a few years ago.

Please pass my condolences to Russia's people and the victims of this tragic act.

Will Kantz
Fort Worth, Texas



Terrifying Murder



In response to "Girl, 9, Stabbed to Death in St. Pete," an article by Carl Schreck on Feb. 11.

Editor,


Even in my own country, which has seen some of the world's worst racism, I have never heard of a tiny defenseless female child being mauled by a pack of animals with knives the way Khursheda Sultanova was in Vladimir Putin's home city. Even if this incident has nothing to do with the rise of nationalist (dare we say fascist?) political parties at the Kremlin's behest, that rise can only be viewed as outrageous and terrifying in this context.

From one side, maniacal racism charges at Russia. From another, AIDS. From a third, militant nationalism that has alienated the U.S. and foreign investment. From a fourth, a Kremlin-inspired collapse of democratic values (especially the press and political parties, to say nothing of the jailed Khodorkovsky).

It is inevitable that a fifth, falling world oil and gas prices, will soon make itself seen, and that will be the death blow for Russia (if the others don't catch it napping first). How ironic that the Soviet national anthem will be played at the funeral.

God bless little Khursheda!

Melvin Anders
Houston, Texas





Two Wrongs



In response to "Responding in Kind," a column by Matt Bivens on Feb. 9.

Editor,


May I congratulate Matt Bivens for allaying any doubts that Chechen suicide bombers may have had concerning the morality of their actions?

Bivens basically preaches the Old Testament "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" code of conduct by referring to alleged atrocities committed by Russian troops in Chechnya. That atrocities in war happen is an unfortunate fact of life. Those guilty of atrocities should be brought to trial for their crimes. Detonating bombs in metro wagons is also a crime. Who gives these so-called "black widows" the right to take innocent lives so indiscriminately in revenge for their "loved ones"?

Did Japanese and German war widows terrorize the London Underground and the New York subway after World War II in revenge for the Allied carpet-bombing of German and Japanese cities? What is Bivens saying -- that the Russians are only getting what was coming to them? What would American readers have thought if a foreign journalist had written in an American newspaper that on 9/11 the Americans only got what was coming to them?

Two wrongs don't make a right.

Dennis Pennington
Moscow



No Happy Medium



In response to "Nothing but the Good Stuff on State Television," a comment by Irina Petrovskaya reprinted from Izvestia on Feb. 4.

Editor,


Reading this description of the "happy face" news spin reminded me of the United States news corporations' "We're all going to die!" hysteria that pervades our 24/7 news cycle.

To paraphrase, "Nothing but the bad news" is not too radical a description of the gloom and doom brought to us here in the States, updated every five minutes.

I wonder if there is a happy medium out there, anywhere?

Donald Clutter
Omak, Washington





Hands Off Rossiya



In response to "Luzhkov Says He'll Destroy Rossiya," an article by Alex Nicholson on Feb. 10.

Editor,


I never thought I would find myself in the position of defending the Rossiya Hotel, especially after spending a week in it six years ago. Nevertheless, here I am. The Rossiya deserves great credit for turning itself around. Today, it is a legitimate three-star hotel (by international standards, not local), and is brimming with foreign visitors.

It is an intelligent, safe alternative for tourists and business people who do not want to pay the exorbitant prices of other hotels in the center. My friends and family stay there now. One and all say the service is good, if not always very organized.

The view from their rooms cannot be beaten anywhere in the world, and the location is superb. Those who can afford better often still choose the Rossiya.

Yes, it's ugly, but it's there, and it's full. The idea of Luzhkov tearing anything down on aesthetic grounds is ridiculous. Whatever his real motives, the interests of the city and tourism are not served. Why lose 3,000 two- and three-star rooms when there is no other available option in the center?

Guy Archer
Moscow