Vladimir Putin, interviewed on NPR a year after 9/11, spoke of Osama bin Laden as very like Pharaoh. He was asked, “What did you think when Reagan spoke of the USSR as an evil empire.” His answer: “It was just a manner of speaking -- just cold war rhetoric. We didn’t take it too seriously.” “What about when Pres. Bush spoke of Osama Bin Laden as evil?” Pres. Putin answered, “It was an understatement. I cannot use words to describe him on the air.” Then he said something to make one’s blood run cold. “We are as dust to them." Just like the Israelites were to Pharaoh. Just like the Muslims were to the white supremacist shooter in New Zealand on Friday.