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In an op ed in the NYTimes. You can read it and see what you think of it.

Op-Ed Contributor

A Plea for Caution From Russia

What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria

Putin

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. The universal international organization — the United Nations — was then established to prevent such devastation from ever happening again.

The United Nations’ founders understood that decisions affecting war and peace should happen only by consensus, and with America’s consent the veto by Security Council permanent members was enshrined in the United Nations Charter. The profound wisdom of this has underpinned the stability of international relations for decades.

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.

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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Vladimir V. Putin is the president of Russia.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/12/opinion/putin-plea-for-caution-from-russia-on-syria.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

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Comments on: "Putin Speaks to the American People……" (40)

  1. […] Putin Speaks to the American People…… (pepperhawkfarm.wordpress.com) […]

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  2. Interesting post Pepp,

    I really don’t know what to make of this yet. It has to be the first time in history that a Communist dictator use’s our own news paper to speak directly to the American people, by-passing the U.S. president completely. I know the Alinsky party is going bonkers trying to cover for their master Ovomit. Using their typical “Spin” methods, they are trying desperately to make it look like Ovomit is ahead of all this.

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    • Hawk, it has that feel. Reminiscent of Andropov and Teddy Kennedy (circa Carter) Only this time they are following through.

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    • busdriverelizabeth said:

      goshawk: It appears the cover provided by the
      Lap Dog Media is starting to show signs of wear
      & tear, as it’s been used so often as to be less &
      less effective in shielding Obamageddon from the
      inevitable results of his own ineptness & incompetency.
      Who would have though, once upon a time (after
      the Carter era anyway) that Americans would view
      a Russian ruler as possessing more leadership
      attributes than a current American President?

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      • Elizabeth,

        You’re right. The more people become aware of whats going on within the government and seeing the truth for themselves. It expose’s the MSM lies and cover-ups so they are made to ‘scramble’ to find new covers.

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  3. You don’t want to know what I think, Pepperhawk. Practically from my birth I have had to fight a temper and very sarcastic mouth upon learning to put words together.

    So I will only say this, these remarks far outstrip what the Resident had to say in his address. Putin wins this round. Grrrrrrrrrrrrr

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    • Well, Mrs. Al,

      I think things are building to the point where we can no longer keep our tempers from flaring up. Just let go what ya feel.

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      • Ok, you asked for it … we’re done as a superpower. The rot coming out of D.C. (the Resident, Congress, Supreme Court) is putting the final nail in the coffin. Those pine cones ought be tried and put away for life. Oh wait, we’re the ones being put away for life. Silly me. And the States refuse to stand up and say E N O U G H! They nibble around the edges but don’t really TAKE BACK the power that is rightfully theirs under the Constitution.

        I don’t trust any one of them. Period. Tea Party included. I don’t see those congresspeople or senators giving daily briefings articulating the mess we are in and the consequences. They should be screaming it from the rooftops. They should find a way to FORCE people to get the message. It’s a travesty. And the Dems and Repubs are pathetic to say the least.

        Putin is running rings around all of them.

        See what happens when I “let go”? I babble.

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        • Mrs. Al,

          Your frustration with all of this I believe is how most of us feel. I’m personally mad as hell that Congress or anyone is trying to stop Ovomit!

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        • Mrs. Al,

          I agree with almost all you said. The worst issue is that we have conservatives who say nothing or very little and should be screaming from the rooftops. The states are cowered by the feds and don’t seem to even recall their powers are above the feds, not the other way around. We are being killed inch by inch in all ways, medical, fuel, heating our houses, unemployment, to name a few but nobody takes a stand.

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  4. The U.N. Security Council is full of members that do not have America’s best interests in mind. Although I don’t think we should go to Syria. There are no American interests there and they need to fight through their own civil war.
    As for Putin saying that thinking we are exceptional as individual people and a country is dangerous is a bunch of bulloney. Even though Obama doesn’t think we are exceptional.

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    • You’re right. Obama has been trying to override our Constitution by implying that the UN has control over us. Now way in hell! We are a sovereign and follow no laws but that of our constitution. But do respect some international laws such as the Laws of the Sea.

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  5. Pretty sad time in America when we can trust a damned communist over our “leader”. Obama once again gets his ass handed to him. Good post, albeit maddening.

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    • clyde,

      You’re so right. It is maddening and very sad. And even now the Libs are again trying to cover for this A-Hole and trying to make it look like it was his idea to place the chem weapons under international control. Not Putins. You know, they claim that Ovomit has been working with the Russians on this for over a year. There is just no end to their lying!

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  6. American exceptionalism saved the Russians sorry ass when the Wehrmacht was rolling the Red Army up like a $2 carpet. Putin is a leader and we got a political joke,a “community organizer”.WHAT is that anyway?I think it’s time to start impeachment proceedings against Obama and Biden.

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    • Bob,

      I couldn’t agree with you more. We were a very exceptional country, given our Republic and freedom. But the Liberals have destroyed a good part of that by attacking our Constitutional and God given rights constantly. Even so, In my mind we are still exceptional at this point. But the Alinsky party is doing all they can to finish us off.

      Obama was a student of the very anti-American Saul Alinsky (who called himself a community organizer) so Obama calls himself a community organizer. Both, nothing more than well trained Con-Men!

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  7. My sentiments echo those of Clyde. Just judging from the comments made by Putin, he is evidently a much stronger “Peace-Maker” than ovomit ever will be. I was born in the midst of WW 2, and was educated through the days of the Cold War. It is really grievous to me, that I respect a former “enemy”, much and far greater than I do my own National Leader.

    PepperHawk, thank you for posting this. It is TRULY an eye-opener.

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  8. Putin is looking like a peacemaker, not that I would trust this guy. Putin stepped up to the plate and got the upper hand over ovomit by suggesting the chemical arsenal that Syria has be placed under international control for subsequent destruction. It is no wonder Putin is displayed as a peacemaker since ovomit doesn’t know what he is talking about, referring to the fact ovomit doesn’t even know for sure if Syria or the rebels used the poisonous gas. Is ovmit really so stupid that he expects Congress to approve the Syria attack so he doesn’t look like the dumb a$$ he is, just to cover his butt in the eyes of other nations, since he drew the proverbial red line? Now ovomit has backtracked acknowledging Putin’s idea seemed worth considering. What a miserable excuse for a leader.

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    • Walt,

      Ovomit would never admit to being wrong about ‘anything.’ In fact his administration and handlers (the puppetmasters) are in full damage control an atempting to make it look like it was Ovomits idea, not Putins.

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  9. I don’t understand why so many are shocked that Putin outfoxed Obama – in the land of incompetence, mediocrity is king.
    luvya

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    • Gene,

      I don’t think that the folks are really “shocked,” more like disgusted! Disgusted and sad because this Traitor Ovomit and his administration have been nothing but an embarrassment to the American citizens and a laughing stock to the whole world! It just gets worse as time goes on.

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  10. How’s Pepperhawk?

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    • She’s doing a lot better. Right now she had a doc’s appointment and then a little shopping.

      Thanks for asking!

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      • Yea … hope she’s back to putting up comments soonly!

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        • Mrs. Al, thanks for asking how I am. Ha, shopping! Yeah, right. I’m having doc appt’s and doing errands like grocery shopping, picking up needed crap, gas, vet, etc. So this was not a “fun” shopping trip which I never get to do. But, I’ve gained some energy back and just been on the run for the last few days. Oh, what fun!

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          • Do you like to shop, Pepperhawk? I know it’s different from running errands. Yours truly hates to shop. Always have. It’s not about the money, though the less one shops the less one spends, I really can’t explain it.

            Hang in there, Pepperhawk and know we pray for you (and ‘Hawk). It’s sooo good you are posting again!

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          • Mrs. Al, No I hate shopping and at Christmas I do it all online. But, I have to shop for groceries and errands. Errand for me means grocery, the Dollar Store, Pharmacy, the Vet, etc. None of them are “fun shopping”. Although I hate shopping for myself the worst. So in effect I rarely do it unless I actually must do it for necessary reasons.

            Thanks for your kind words. I’m still trying to catch up. Not getting as many posts up as I would like, but finding the time is difficult right now between all the doc appts. for Hawk and me. Our doctor’s office is our second home right now. LOL!

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  11. Obama opened the door wide and Putin walked through it. It was more of a golden opportunity. The NYT seemed to be flirting with him for several days before that quoting him. You can’t hardly blame him for using the opportunity. Of course, I really disagree with him but is that the real point? He aimed straight at the left and academics and I’m sure he’ll find itching ears for it.

    But my biggest problem is with the reaction to it by our lawmakers like Menendez who said it made him want to vomit. Boehner was offended. Congrats, now they know how we feel about all their actions in the district of corruption. That Putin can make them sick, well at least its one message they heard….

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    • Bull, I agree with you, The King brought this on himself and I don’t feel sorry for him. His policies have been schizophrenic.

      OH, that prostitute using Menendez who doesn’t pay his bills to them? Now he makes me vomit. He’s just mad his messiah was put into his place which IMHO he needed.

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  12. I can’t say I trust Putin, but I definitely do not trust Obama and his regime. We don’t know what Putin may have in mind.

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    • Donna, you can’t trust either one of these men. Right now Putin sounds like the adult in the room. But Putin is having fun emasculating Obama in front of the whole world.

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  13. Pepp, I’ve been hearing our ships are withdrawing. We’ll be told that is all part of his planning ust like this “diplomacy” was.. I just wish he would say he planned the fiscal crisis and debt, and Benghazi now.

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    • Bull, well not that’s intriguing. So our ships are going eh? Maybe that goes along with one of your previous articles about the generals.

      Oh, boy, as if Obama had any diplomacy skills at all. With him it’s either his way or the EO Highway.

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  14. Good post.

    “My working and personal relationship with President Obama is marked by growing trust. I appreciate this.” – I call bullshit! Vlad no doubt sees Zero for the clown he is and how easily he can be manipulated. Putin is playing chess while Zero is playing checkers.

    It is very sad that a KGB thug can outmaneuver a sitting US president/community organizer… but then again, we’re not surprised are we?

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    • HN,

      No it is no surprise that Putin can out maneuver the wimp Obama. Putin can easily see his feckless and failed leadership role for America. I can’t say I blame Putin for taking advantage of this. Our King has failed so many times and on so many issues, plus the domestic mess he has us in, it’s no wonder to me at all that KGB Putin knows just how to emasculate him. Putin has cut off his cajones, what little he has and stuck a knife in them to boot.

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      • Sorry I’m so late to the game, but my thoughts (brilliant as they were) are covered already by your very astute commenters. Like them, I don’t trust either man, but I’d damn sure rather have a man like Putin watching my back than Obama. Obama is not only untrustworthy, but he, as you correctly said, has no cajones, no guts, no gumption, no spine, no backbone, etc. at least we can expect that Putin will take his country’s side in any matter – Obama not so much.

        I’m not ready to give up on us, but it gets more difficult to see how we get back the pride that we enjoyed when we had a real leader at the helm.

        About all we can do is pray and vote.

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