Yesterday, on 9/11 no less, an article was ran in the New York Times by the President of Russia Vladamir Putin regarding the events unfolding in Syria.
In the article President Putin was almost flawless. He came off even keeled, thoughtful, moral, and was able to simultaneously give President Obama a nice poke in the side. The article was part truth, part propaganda, and part “fuck you” to Obama. Frankly, I can’t believe that the administration allowed it to slip through their filters and find its way in the New York times at all.
The closing paragraph stood out most:
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.
In a single paragraph Putin manages to make Obama look like a fool – like an elitist out of touch with the rest of the world at a time when the whole world is watching.
War in Syria and US Intervention
To anyone watching it is clear that the was in Syria isn’t about Syria and certainly is not about the citizens living there. It’s a carefully crafted game of Geopolitics involving the United States, Russia, and their respective allies. Both sides want control of the region and the transportation of natural resources. Almost no one really cares about chemical weapons or people dying – that is a facade. Chemical weapons are only a mask to hide the true motives driven by geopolitics.
The truth is that the civil war in Syria has been going on for years and there is proof that chemical weapons have been used in the region before (like here). Thousands of Syrians have already died – and it would be hypocritical for the United States to suddenly care about that now. Why? Because we have helped overthrow democratically elected governments before in the name of US interested.
For example, in 1973 in Chile the United States helped fund the assassination of President Allende. Subsequently began 17 years of harsh dictatorship, marked by arbitrary imprisonment, torture and imprisonment, repression of labor unions and denial of basic human rights .
So what has intervention really ever done for the people we are “helping”? Not much. Putin calls out this point too:
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.”
My point is that maybe the United States should stop policing the world by force. Maybe we should focus on peace and diplomacy. That’s all.
Read about the concept of blow-back.