Two weeks ago, I received a copy of a speech purportedly given by Russian President Vladimir Putin Feb. 4 before the Duma (Russian parliament). As with many items that come over the Internet, there were immediately numerous blogs decrying it, some claiming it was originally given by an official in New Zealand, other claimed it was written anonymously and placed online, etc.
So, I have been unable to verify it and I'm no fan of Soviet government, but I feel credit should be given where credit is due. If Vladimir gave this speech, he should take a bow; if he didn't, he should have. I know who I wish would make it, but there is little chance of that happening with the administration we have at this time. So, substitute whatever nation you wish where it says "Russia" and read the speech, it has merit.
"In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia law, then we advice them to go to those places where that's the law. Russia does not need minorities, minorities need Russia and we will not grant them special privileges or try to change our laws to fit their desires no matter how loud they yell 'discrimination.' We better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the national interest first, observing that the minorities are not Russians."
The politicians in the Duma reportedly gave Putin a 5-minute standing ovation!