To forgive the terrorists is up to God but to send them to him is up to me –
Vladimir Putin Denzel Washington. Sorry to leave many ardent fans of Russian President disappointed but this quote going viral on the social media is not said by Vladimir Putin. The tough statement is a movie dialogue said by Denzel Washington in 2004 thriller film Man on Fire. Also Read: Major Facepalm! When Mumbai CST meant to support Paris, but supported The Netherlands instead.
The recent barbaric attacks in the heart of French capital, Paris, at the hands of the Islamic State (IS), brought the world leaders together. Among the big names ready to wipe the terrorist organization from the face of the earth has been Russian President Vladimir Putin. The world sees the Russian Prez as one tough character, so when the quote “To forgive the terrorists is up to God but to send them to him is up to me,” attributed to him became easily believable.
But the excitement was short-lived for the Putin fans as the American broadcaster Fox News admitted of their folly in carrying out this duped piece of news. Based on the social media information, media baron Rupert Murdoch owned channel apologised over it. A Fox journalist wrongly claimed that Vladimir Putin had made this statement for IS militants.
It was later revealed that Fox journalist credited Russian journalist named Remi Maalouf for the piece of information. Maalouf apologised on Twitter writing, “This is the danger of social media! I took Putin’s quote from a post on Facebook & it turned out to be false. I apologize.” And this is why it is strongly advised: Do not believe everything you come across on the Internet. Check few tweets as a series of reaction behind the grave mistake of over looking the facts.