Người sáng chế súng AK tỏ ý ân hận
Tin tại Nga cho hay người sáng chế khẩu tiểu liên AK nổi tiếng nhất thế giới, ông Mikhail Kalashnikov, người qua đời năm 2013, đã viết thư cho người đứng đầu Giáo hội Chính thống giáo Nga cách đây một năm rưỡi tỏ ý ân hận rằng khẩu súng của ông đã cướp đi sinh mạng của rất nhiều người.
Phóng viên Steve Rosenberg tường thuật.
In his letter to the Russian Patriarch, Mikhail Kalashnikov wrote that "one question was causing pain to his soul": if the rifle he had created had claimed lives, then did that mean that he, "a Christian and an Orthodox believer, was to blame for their deaths?"
"The longer I live," he continued, "the more this question drills itself into my brain and the more I wonder why the Lord allowed man to have the devilish desires of envy, greed and aggression".
The letter has been published by the newspaper Izvestia. It quotes a spokesman for the Patriarch as saying that when weapons serve to defend the fatherland, the Russian Orthodox Church supports those who created them, as well as the soldiers who use them.
It's thought that more than 100 million Kalashnikov rifles have been sold worldwide. Mikhail Kalashnikov had been awarded the title Hero of Russia - he died last month aged 94 - and was buried with full state honours.
Patriarch - religious leader in one of the orthodox Christian churches: Giáo chủ giáo hội Chính thống
believer - person who believes in a god or particular religion: tín đồ
devilish desires - evil thoughts: ý muốn/ý nghĩ độc ác, gian tà
envy - wishing you had something that someone else has, or wishing you could do something that someone else does: ghen tỵ
greed - strong wish to have more of something you have: lòng tham, sự tham lam
aggression - a feeling of anger that makes you want to threaten or hurt someone: gây hấn, hung hãn, xâm lược
the fatherland - the country where you were born or that you feel you belong to: Tổ quốc, đất mẹ
full state honours - an important ceremony involving political leaders to mark the death of someone important: toàn bộ các nghi lễ danh dự cấp nhà nước