Wednesday, November 13, 2002
Putin Offers Reporter a Circumcision: I just like the headline. Blunt and succinct. And for the record, the reporter was a cheese-eating surrender monkey (you expected anything else?). Putin puts it bluntly to this guy, who like most Frenchies, can't process the logical thought that CHECHNYA was the aggressor in the theater hostage crisis.
As he became increasingly impassioned, he began to go through the categories of all those who are under threat from radical Muslims.
"They speak about the necessity to kill Americans and their allies. I think you come from a country that happens to be an ally of the United States -- you are in danger," Putin said in addressing the French reporter.
"They are talking about the need to kill all kaffirs [infidels], all non-Moslems, or Crusaders, as they say. If you are a Christian, you are in danger!
"But if you decide to reject your faith and become an atheist, you are also subject to liquidation according to their way of thinking. ... You are in danger!
"If you decide to become a Muslim, even that won't save you. Because they consider traditional Islam also to be hostile to the goals they put forward. Even in that case you are in danger!"
And the kicker, characterized as a "tasteless joke".
"If you want to go all the way and become a Muslim radical and are ready to get circumcised, I invite you to Moscow," Putin said. "We are a multi-confessional country, we have experts in this field, too. I will recommend that they carry out the operation in such a way that nothing grows back."
JH 1:57 PM