It’s 60th anniversary of AK-47, arguably the worst weapon of mass destruction ever made. Al Jazeera has a great program about this, full of grim humour, almost as if scripted by Russians.
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(Part 2 is here.)
It’s so scary that a man who invented it is still in denial about the amount of deaths the weapon caused, and had the audacity to write a book entitled “Kalashnikov is Peace.” I mean, I wouldn’t blame someone for inventing – at the time of war – an excellent machine gun, so simple that a child could use it (and many do). I wouldn’t expect him to kill himself over this. But to stay in denial about how it’s been used and being concerned instead about the fact that Chinese fakes are not a not as good (meaning presumably that they kill less kids per round ammo), just really really makes me sick. And what worth is that it’s not just one sick old man – they are celebrating this anniversary in Russia big time. Vzglyad quotes the head of Rosoboroneksport saying that AK-47 “together with brothers Wright’s plane and Ford’s automobile is in the top 3 of the 30 inventions of 20th century that have radically changed the life of humankind.” No, f*#@ing kidding! The nuclear bomb is presumably #4 on that list.