Wow! I can't belive it's been more than two weeks since I last posted here: I've been in hospital with a life-threatening emergency, met by fancy no-holes surgery.
My colleague in Beijng, Jeff J.Brown, sent me a link to a speech Putin made to a security conference held in Munich in 2007. For once the translation is very good, and easy to read. You can see Senators McCain, Lieberman and a third unknown American sitting in the front row, as well as Angela Merkel who appears mesmerized.
I invite you to listen to this speech - about half an hour long - and share it with as many people as you can!