(via Charles P. Pierce)
So much beauty, so much joy. And then…
Kirit Radia, ABC News:
Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed his government “will do whatever it takes” to prevent a terror attack during next month’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.
“If we allow ourselves to be weak, feel weak, let our fear to be seen, by doing that we’ll assist those terrorists in achieving their goals,” Putin said.
“Our job, needless to say, the job of the Olympics host, is to ensure security of the participants in the Olympics and visitors to this festival of sports and we will do whatever it takes,” he said.
Putin added, “We would try and make sure that security measures were not be in your face, did not put pressure on the athletes and visitors or reporters. At the same time we’ll do everything within our power to make sure those measures are efficient.”…
“There is also a moral dimension to it,” Putin said speaking frankly about the mood of the Russian people. “I’ll tell you about it openly. There is nothing to hide or be embarrassed by here. Following the collapse of the USSR, following hard and, let’s put it bluntly, blood-soaked developments in the Caucasus, the overall state society was depressing and pessimistic. We need to cheer up, we need to understand and feel that we are capable of pulling off major, large-scale projects and do so on schedule and with good quality.”…
From CNN, Putin says gays ‘can feel safe’ at Sochi:
Russia’s Vladimir Putin again sought to downplay fears that gay visitors will be discriminated against as he paid a visit to the Sochi area Friday, exactly three weeks before the Winter Olympics get underway.
Putin’s remarks came as he met with volunteers for the games, the state-run Itar-Tass news agency reported.
The president said Russia, unlike some other countries, does not criminalize homosexual relationships.
“We don’t outlaw anything and don’t nab anyone,” Putin said.
“That’s why you can feel safe and free here, but please leave our children in peace,” he added…
There’s a video clip at the link of a gay family that feels so ‘safe’, their faces have to be blurred out.