This week’s Economist has an oh-so-nice write up of the Viktor Bout affair, noting, with its usual humour:
He may perhaps have felt a little misunderstood, seeing himself as a canny entrepreneur, not a Bond villain. His accusers put little store in his concern for conservation, his love of animals, his wish to protect Congo’s forests, his earnest desire to help the pygmies of central Africa and his devotion to the Discovery television channel. Some of his critics may even have been jealous. He deployed more aircraft than do some countries.
Boo-boo. Poor muffin. Bout the humanitarian, indeed.