High death toll in Russia siege

I have been following events in North Ossetia, as my readers know, I follow events in this region with a keen interest. South Ossetia was recently the scene of some skirmishes with Georgian troops, a situation that is likely to flare up again in the near future.

It now seems that these Chechens in North Ossetia have given Putin something of an excuse to do whatever the hell he likes in Chechnya. I think it would be fair to say that Putin has some racist tendencies, many of my Russian and Georgian friends believe him to be racist, and he most especially despises Chechens (and Jews purportedly), much like Stalin in previous years.

What now? Expect reprisals, but not very well publicised ones.