I thought Chutzpah was a Yiddish word

Not Russian:

In a rare interview on the eve of the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl on Monday, Col-Gen Nikolai Antoshkin said he was shocked at how poorly Japan had coped with its own nuclear disaster.

\”Look at advanced Japan,\” he said. \”People are housed in stadiums and are lying about on the floors of sports halls in unhygienic conditions.\”

\”Right at the start when there was not yet a big leak of radiation they (the Japanese) wasted time.

The Soviets had evacuated 44,600 people within two and a half hours and put them up in \”normal comfortable conditions\” on the same day, he recalled.

And then they acted in slow-motion,\” he said.

They\’ve just had an earthquake and a tsunami you gibbering loon!

There are no \”normal, comfortable conditions\”! It\’s only the big buildings that survivied: for Japanese earthquake building codes are in fat that houses should be light, so that when they fall over on people they don\’t kill them. It\’s actually how they design the damn place!

\”I think the Japanese catastrophe is already more serious than Chernobyl. The main thing is that they do not allow it to become three, four or five times more serious.\”

Well, yes, that\’s true, the earthquake and tsunami are indeed more serious than Chernobyl. 20 odd thousand dead as opposed to the few hundred from Chernobyl for example.

The nuclear problems, no, not so much. But, and here\’s a prediction, I bet you that someone will pick up on this comment and scream that Fukushima, rather than the total situation, is now at risk of being 5 times worse than Chernobyl.

3 thoughts on “I thought Chutzpah was a Yiddish word”

  1. From what my friends in Sakhalin were telling me, it appears the Russians were somewhat offended that the Japanese did not ask for Russian help in dealing with the nuclear crisis. I put this down to the age-old Russian problem of assuming they are smarter than everyone else. One Russian actually said that the Japanese are pretty stupid and the Russians ought to be able to intervene and tell them what to do.

    A quick comparison of Sakhalin and Hokkaido would tell you otherwise.

  2. Also remember that the reason the nuclear disaster happened was the tsunami knocking out the backup power to the pumps, not some loony scientist turning the knobs up to 11.

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