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Old 12-09-2013, 03:34
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OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
A Plea for Caution From Russia
THE NEW YORK TIMES

By VLADIMIR V. PUTIN
Published: September 11, 2013

MOSCOW — 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. Relations between us have passed through different stages. We stood against each other during the cold war. But we were also allies once, and defeated the Nazis together.

Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government.This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world. Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.

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.

Is it in America’s long-term interest? I doubt it. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance. No matter how targeted the strikes or how sophisticated the weapons, civilian casualties are inevitable, including the elderly and children, whom the strikes are meant to protect.

We are not protecting the Syrian government, but international law. We need to use the United Nations Security Council and believe that preserving law and order in today’s complex and turbulent world is one of the few ways to keep international relations from sliding into chaos. The law is still the law, and we must follow it whether we like it or not. Under current international law, force is permitted only in self-defense or by the decision of the Security Council. Anything else is unacceptable under the United Nations Charter and would constitute an act of aggression.

My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. 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.

Vladimir V. Putin is the president of Russia.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/op...yria.html?_r=0

Better stop abetting terrorism and stop the war mongering, Obama. Vladimir Putin is truly a world class statesman. A credible and decent appeal to give peace a chance.
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Old 12-09-2013, 03:35
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Put a sock in it Putz and go wrestle a bear.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:01
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I can't help but sense that we are lucky to have Vladimir Putin on the world stage at this moment in history. He is single handedly trying to preserve global peace and is seemingly far more closely aligned with American public opinion than the Obama regime is.
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Old 12-09-2013, 04:17
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I can't help but sense that we are lucky to have Vladimir Putin on the world stage at this moment in history. He is single handedly trying to preserve global peace and is seemingly far more closely aligned with American public opinion than the Obama regime is.
Vlad the Great! I wonder whether he can flex his pecks like Carla Bruni. Individually one at a time, up down, that would be truly impressive.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:05
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Made sense to me.

Do we know what the American response has been to this letter?
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:15
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Putin is interested in keeping Assad in power and that should be kept in mind with any of his mutterings on the subject. It is balantantly obvious he is protecting Assad, he and Obama don't get on and as for his comments on democracy well what a hoot.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:25
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Russia lecturing on democracy
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Old 12-09-2013, 14:50
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Made sense to me.

Do we know what the American response has been to this letter?
In other news, President Obama of the United States, leader of the free world, responded by appearing on TV, brushing aside Putin's overtures of peace and urged for the bombing of Syria and some killings to "send a message". As yet, there is no indication that anyone is willing to join him in his Middle Eastern adventure.
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Old 12-09-2013, 15:27
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In other news, President Obama of the United States, leader of the free world, responded by appearing on TV, brushing aside Putin's overtures of peace and urged for the bombing of Syria and some killings to "send a message". As yet, there is no indication that anyone is willing to join him in his Middle Eastern adventure.
soo... this didn't actually happen. you know this, right?
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Old 12-09-2013, 15:29
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Putin is bad@ss
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Old 12-09-2013, 15:41
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Putin is bad@ss
wut. Putin is concerned for Russia's investment in Syria and wants to weaken the US position.

If you think he's doing this because he cares about Syria or democracy or anything else you're being foolish.
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Old 12-09-2013, 15:50
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soo... this didn't actually happen. you know this, right?
Kanye West just expressed his support.
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Old 12-09-2013, 16:07
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I agree

The final sentiment is contrary to Russia's stance on homosexuality which is ashame, but just as it is right for us to pressure Russia to see the other side when our stance on homosexuality is the more logical, sensible and humane, it is right for western countries to listen to Putin when what he is advocating is the more logical, sensible and humane stance.
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