Twenty-four hours later, as many as 700 theater-goers are terrified, vulnerable hostages, less than three miles from the Kremlin. And Russian President Vladimir Putin in a hideous bind. Chechnya's implacable demand for freedom has brought terror to the heart of the Russian capitol. Russia has not been able to crush the Chechen dream. Now President Bush's global war on terrorism is joined by the Russian nighmare. What is justice here? Up next, On Point: terror as the new lingua franca.
Michael Wines, Moscow bureau chief, The New York Times
Anatol Lieven, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of "Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power"
Lyoma Usmanov, Chechen refugee
Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and a senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly
This program aired on October 24, 2002.