Friday, October 10, 2003

Kalashnikov: world's most prolific killing machine: "You see, with [designing] weapons, it is like a woman who bears children," [said Kalashnikov]. "For months she carries her baby and thinks about it. A designer does much the same thing with a prototype. I felt like a mother - always proud. It is a special feeling, as if you were awarded with a special award. I shot with it a lot. I still do now. That is why I am hard of hearing."

"I made it to protect the motherland. And then they spread the weapon [around the world] - not because I wanted them to. Not at my choice. Then it was like a genie out of the bottle and it began to walk all on its own and in directions I did not want."

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