The theatre is probably as symbolic in Russia as the WTC is in the US.
The Russians will not let the Chechens get away with this terrorism. Unlike many Western European countries, and even the US, before 9/11, they understand terrorism for what it is, and wouldn’t dream of surrendering to it. I disagree with Joseph Norland’s assertion that their being victims of terrorism is ironic in face of their policy with regard to Israel and Iraq. Russia’s loyalties lie with Russia. Period. Their stand on Iraq is not a matter of namby pamby peace stuff, appeasement and public opinion. It’s about negotiation and diplomacy.