Saturday, November 25, 2006

Litvinenko's statement: May God forgive you

I knew the US would be tested after the elections with bombings in Iraq, but Litvinenko's and Gemayel's murders creating a perfect storm.

Here's Litvinenko's final testament via IHT,
But as I lie here I can distinctly hear the beating of wings of the angel of death. I may be able to give him the slip but I have to say my legs do not run as fast as I would like. I think, therefore, that this may be the time to say one or two things to the person responsible for my present condition.

You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed.

You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilized value.

You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilized men and women.

You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr. Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life. May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.
xp Bill Baar's West Side


Anonymous said...

Do you think he was sincere about the forgiveness part? ;-)

Bill Baar said...

interesting he invokes God in the first place..

Anonymous said...

Well lots of Russians did and still do believe in God, even under the fundamentalist atheist dictatorships of Lenin and Stalin etc. I wonder if President Putin believes in God? He'll find out soon enough I figure. . . I like to say that atheists are going to have the surprise of their life on the day of their death. ;-) I don't mean that in any malicious way. It's just mean that when they pass to the other side they are in for a bit of a surprise. Even I am not privy to the exact nature of that surprise and expect that a lot of religious people will be surprised too. I have my doubts about 70 virgins, or even 70 Virginians. . . ;-) waiting on the other side for Muslims; nor do I expect that Christians will be greeted by St. Peter waiting at the proverbial pearly gates.

Anonymous said...

I meant to say "I just mean" not "It's just mean". Hopefully that wasn't a Freudian slip. ;-)