Thursday, September 12, 2013



Syria Crisis: Vladimir Putin's Letter To America

Excerpts from the letter by Vladimir Putin, Russian President, for the New York Times

1. No one wants the United Nations to suffer the fate of the League of Nations, which collapsed because it lacked real leverage. 

This is possible if influential countries bypass the United Nations and take military action without Security Council authorization.

2. The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders. 

3. 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.

4. 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 al Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. 

The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. 

Al Qaeda in Syria

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.

The people of Houla were murdered because they would not join the fight against Assad.

5. From the outset, Russia has advocated peaceful dialogue enabling Syrians to develop a compromise plan for their own future. 

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.

Assad supporters

6. 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.

7. 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."

Victims of Agent Orange used by the US military - Wikipedia.

8. 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.

Girls in Afghanistan in the 1960s, before the CIA started building up the extremist Moslems. Photo from O'Bannon article. In 1978, the government in Afghanistan was peaceful, moderate, progressive and non-communist.

9. 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.

10. The world reacts by asking: if you cannot count on international law, then you must find other ways to ensure your security. 

Thus a growing number of countries seek to acquire weapons of mass destruction. 

This is logical: if you have the bomb, no one will touch you. 

We are left with talk of the need to strengthen nonproliferation, when in reality this is being eroded.

Reportedly, the US plans to break up Saudi Arabia, and several other oil-rich countries. 

11. We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.

A new opportunity to avoid military action has emerged in the past few days. 

The United States, Russia and all members of the international community must take advantage of the Syrian government's willingness to place its chemical arsenal under international control for subsequent destruction. 

Judging by the statements of President Obama, the United States sees this as an alternative to military action.

I welcome the president's interest in continuing the dialogue with Russia on Syria. 

We must work together to keep this hope alive, as we agreed to at the Group of 8 meeting in Lough Erne in Northern Ireland in June, and steer the discussion back toward negotiations.

If we can avoid force against Syria, this will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust. It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.

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

Afghanistan 1967 before the USA intervened.

Afghanistan 2007

12. 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.



Anonymous said...

Its a shocking indictment when the people of the USA and britian think more of the russian premier than they do of their own.
maybe its because russia shook off all the years of jew oppresion and murder, something we must do before israel takes us into W W 3

Anonymous said...

Only israel is allowed to WMDs
this is wrong because israel is a pariah state, it feds on hate and theft and murder, its time the USA pulled the plug on it

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US Syria analyst fired for lying about PhD

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Recruited by Al-Qaeda: Foreign fighters in Damascus jail tell their stories

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Syrian activists fear al-Qaeda's influence

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Noor al Haqiqa said...

Dang you get some good links from your readers!

The photos of Putin are excellent reminders of his Christian oriented struggle against the Jews in his country. There is a reason he was elected again and again by the people of Russia!

Now the world has an opportunity to see his words and so far, from what I have read in followup pieces in the NYT and the Comments from readers, that rag ain't buying what he is selling.

I see this as another way to further the ruin of America on the international stage as well as to bleed it even more than it already has been.

Always. "Cui bono?"


Nikki said...

I agree with everything Putin said, but he is not a Christian. He is KGB and he does not promote freedom in his country. He is a tough dude, and like I said, old school KGB. He's correct with his current stance, but don't be fooled into thinking he is our friend. He is not.

Anonymous said...

I hear Putin is a devout Russian Orthodox Christian. At least he's staying out of jail unlike McCain.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9.09
I am not sure that Russia has shaken off the jew controls. Plenty in Russia have dual passports with Israel, and if they do not have them legally, they get them forged.

Maybe Mr Putin is ex KGB, and maybe he is devoted to the Orthodox Church. Whichever way one looks at his situation, it is tough.

Some of the US administration have Jewish relatives in Moscow. Who can anyone trust?

Certainly in the West, we are fools if we believe that we can trust our own leaders.

Peace to all and especial thanks and kudos to Aangirfan for providing this 'safe space' xx

Anonymous said...

The criminal element that has destroyed the fibre"'". Today its all about GREED and LIES. Bush et all need to be prosecuted tor 911 and Americans should not permit any further military actions whatsoever until the criminals who tried to take over the world are prosecuted and put away
. Its hard to imagine Americans are so dumb but even the esteemed leader Obama declared this to be true. Reportedly the Obama justice Dept delayed a hearing regarding his use of a social security card that was issued to a man fro
Connecticut born in late 1890s. AMERICANS are fools so no wonder Putin is admired and respected by all. He is the real deal and not a puppet to the evil rulers who managed to take control.of the once free world.


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