President Obama, Secretary Clinton Condemn Attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
January 24, 2011
A Wounded Blast Victim Is Moved at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton joined President Barack Obama in strongly condemning the terrorist attack at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on January 24, 2011. Secretary Clinton said, "We stand with the people of Russia in this moment of sorrow and we offer our deepest sympathy to the families and loved ones of those injured and killed.

"The United States condemns terrorism and all forms of violence against the innocent, wherever it occurs. We stand with the victims of these crimes and we will continue to work with the international community to combat violent extremism that threatens peace-loving people everywhere.

"The United States remains ready to support the Russian government as it seeks to bring these perpetrators to justice."

You can read the Secretary's complete remarks here.

Related Content:Press Briefing by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs



West Virginia, USA
January 24, 2011

Pam in West Virginia writes:

It is frightening to hear of such tragedies.

Joseph M.
Oregon, USA
January 24, 2011

Joseph M. in Oregon writes:

I was horrified by the news this morning, aired on BBC World News from London, as the events were unfolding in Moscow.

We the international community and including the Russian government, need to look at the broader picture and address the overarching root-causes that lead to these types of attacks on helpless citizens. Whether they are politically or ideologically motivated. If indeed this latest unimaginable act of violence, turns out to have resulted from Chechnyan Rebels, in an effort to destabilize the Russian way of life, an concerted effort for a political solution should be sought by the Russian government.

I'm delighted in hearing that my government has offered assistance to the Russians, during this time of international crisis.

My condolences to the people of Russia, the reports of casualties from the scene at the airport in Moscow are truly deplorable in saying the least.

Pennsylvania, USA
January 25, 2011

James in Pennsylvania writes:

I was in Moscow last year, about a month after the shocking suicide bombing in the Lubljanka metro Station. I flew from Sheremetyevo, so I never was at Dodemodovo. I saw the massive police and army presence in May last year and i know those people do a good job at controlling people, they are used to it.

But this attack is so horrible. I read about Russia much (for example on ) and i like this interesting big country.

I hope the russian people will stand through this horrible attacks!

West Virginia, USA
January 25, 2011

Dr. G. in West Virginia writes:

One might think that Russia with so little concern for individual rights would have better security measures than the "free" West but it appears they're just sloppy and inefficient at screening the general population.

January 26, 2011

Slava in Russia writes:

I was there yesterday ... this is very scary ... 35 innocent people ..

New Mexico, USA
January 26, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

It's easy to blame airport security for failing to prevent this, but they have to be right 100% of the time when a terrorist only has to get it right once and all hell breaks loose.

Without the detection equipment in place, it makes things a lot harder to safeguard the public transportation and the public from acts of terror.

Frankly, whatever so-called justification the terrorist had in mind to kill himself and others is not because of some hopless desire to get a life denied to him by the state, or circumstance of lost opportunity.

Just as being poor or homeless does not mean a person steals to survive.

Nor can it be said that the logic of revenge serves to free people from percieved repression, when in fact such acts only serve to perpetuate it through a state's emotionaly generated reactionary response to terror.

I would understand perfectly Mr. Medvedev's and Mr. Putin's wish to direcvt the Russian Federation to "go hunting" and declare "open season" on terrorists in general. That is appropriate so long as it does not include collective punishment on a segment of population where there is unrest due to percieved repression by the state, and/or state entities.

Far better for the Russian Federation to excercise compassion in the midst of their wrath, ans improve the lives of many while they hunt for those responsible.

Therein lies a method of concrete legitimate actions to put an end to terrorists and the mindset that perpetuates such acts.

For all nations it must be self-evident at this point that we the sane find ourselves fighting a global war against insanity, in many theaters and locations.

Like WW2 allies in the struggle must arive at consensus and declare unconditional victory.

There will be no surrender ceremony, only a choice offered and made to walk the path of peace or rest in peace, in that there will be peace and no terrorist left to disturb it.

No sponsors of terror to perpetuate it, and no arms sold to promote it.

Iran's leadership should be served notice, for they have trained and supplied every terrorist org. on the planet at one time or another and continue to this day to promote terror as a political tactic to increase their soverign influence. This includes al-quaida.

I honestly don't know why anyone continues to put up with it, and think sanctions will change their midset and behavior while they persue nuclear weapons.

This is not separate from what has transpired in Russia, for terrorists in Russia's provinces have been and continue to be trained in Iran as part of their sponsorship of global jihad.

So far governments have gone after the proxies and left the sponsor alone, and it's time to defeat terrorism at its root.

It is not the Iranian people who support this, only their tyranical theocratic disfuntional government that does.


New Mexico, USA
January 27, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I found President Medvedev's remarks in the following to be most welcome and forward thinking, illuminating and repectable by any international measurement of statesmanship.


If he finds himself being "lectured to" at some point by someone in the international community, all I can suggest to him is that it is probably done in good intent as from one who does not want Russia to make mistake or fail to recognise a solution to a common problem.

As such it would not be my place to anyway, but I will be so bold as to suggest that Russia may wish to reassess whether Iran is a worthy "partner", given its proclivity for exporting terror and destabilizing nations.

I would suggest that a lecture is also a measure expressed in hopes of Russia's success in the world, as a critical assesment meant to strengthen solidarity, not weaken it.

So then in solidarity with the victims of terror and their families, I wish him "good hunting" and may justice be served.



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