Putin Writes Article for NY Times Appealing to Americans to Denounce War in Syria

DCX Truth-Live With It – by Ed Brown – Sep 12, 2013


Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putn appealed directly to American citizens late Wednesday evening when an op ed he wrote was published on the New York Times website. Calling for international resolve to the conflict in Syria, Putin’s message began with a clearly written intention:

“Recent events surrounding Syria have prompted me to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders. It is important to do so at a time of insufficient communication between our societies”.

In the brief message Putin covered a lot of ground – making a very clear case as to why it’s much more likely that it was opposition forces which used the chemical weapons rather than Assad’s regime:

“No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored”.

That ended the fluffy segment of his letter which was followed by some straight forward thinking regarding our involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and our place in current world events – conflicts which have netted us very little while costing us a great deal:

“It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States. Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. Millions around the world increasingly see America not as a model of democracy but as relying solely on brute force, cobbling coalitions together under the slogan “you’re either with us or against us.”

“But force has proved ineffective and pointless. Afghanistan is reeling, and no one can say what will happen after international forces withdraw. Libya is divided into tribes and clans. In Iraq the civil war continues, with dozens killed each day. In the United States, many draw an analogy between Iraq and Syria, and ask why their government would want to repeat recent mistakes”.

And that lead into his last paragraph, which liberalized mainstream news outlets will probably allow to define the entire message as it seemed to end with an admonishment of the hubris of what U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday night referred to as “American exceptionalism:”

“My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this. I carefully studied his address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the United States’ policy is “what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional.” It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation. There are big countries and small countries, rich and poor, those with long democratic traditions and those still finding their way to democracy. Their policies differ, too. We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal”.

Reading through the comment trail below Putin’s submission on the Times website I was amazed to see glowing reviews of his correspondence – one after another by seemingly intelligent Americans who were able to extract some quality insight from the Russian Presidents message.

Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Geneva today to begin negotiations…

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Posted by Teri Perticone

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