Putin: US Must Put End to Doctrine of Exceptionalism
The US must stop considering itself as exceptional and abide by the standards of international law, stated Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In op-ed for the New York Times published online late September 11, Putin has warned the US agianst taking military action in Syria without a prior UN decision.
American beliefs that the country is exceptional are misguided, and the US must take the opportunity to forge diplomatic dialogue instead of waging war, stated the Russian President.
"I carefully studied [US President Barack Obama's] address to the nation on Tuesday. And I would rather disagree with a case he made on American exceptionalism, stating that the US policy is “what makes America different"," wrote Putin.
"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," is the conclusion of the Russian President's NYT op-ed.
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Look, Mattbg, "to enlighten" is hardly convenient here, I merely share my view. IMO the Russian stance has been the same both for S.Ossetia and Syria: not to interfere with bombings/killings, not to violate the existing/achieved status quo, to search for the peace solution. In S.Ossetia the above status quo was violated by Saakashvili, whose soldiers crossed the demarcation line (August,7,2008), attacked and killed 70 Russian peacemakers and ~1700 South Ossetian civilians. So, the "Russian stance"/reply to Saa was absolutely correct.
In Syria-right now, btw-the possibility of the peace solution has emerged, Russian+USA+many other States and peoples' "stances"/stances seem to coincide more and more, the "common stance" emerges...and this common stance - and cosequently the Russian one ;-) - is correct, TOTALLY correct, Matt ;-)
so sa-sha.... what's the difference between thousands of innocent south-ossetians being killed, and hundreds of thousands killed, and millions displaced currently in Syria?
to you, the differing Russian stance on the two is totally correct..... i think the rest of us are struggling to see the difference though - could you enlighten us?
Thanks for the reply, Pancho. First and foremost: both my "propaganda" and my "chauvinism" have the same equivalent: NON-INTERFERENCE. Don't like it? Your problem, sorry.
As for the rest:
In light of the topic "the differences between the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation" is that since its founding in 1991, Russia committed no aggression against other states. "Everybody knows" it.
"Regarding Georgia...Russia occupied a sovereign country, killed countless innocent people..."---(a) salvation/ protection of Russian peacemakers (who stayed in S.Ossetia just under UN Mandate and who were attacked by Saa) was simply the Russia' DUTY and "it's interesting to note that" it didn't require a special UN' Resolution;
(b) Thouzands of South Ossetian innocent people were exterminated just by Saa' thugs, Pancho, while Your "contless innocent people [Georgians?] provokes a simple question: ANY fact? Since without facts, Pancho, You are merely paid (or unselfish ;-) "propagator of the worst samples of Western Propaganda". But don't get upset, Pancho, You are not alone, Western Propagandist Mashine works wonders in creating brainwashed but absolutely "independent", sure, spicies.
Hi Sa-sha, I'm not emotional at all, simply pointing out valid contradictions. If you want to get pedantic about differences between the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation go ahead. Everybody knows that the Soviet Union was run by Russians, Russian was the language and Russia was the core of the group.
Regarding Georgia let's keep it civil please. Russia occupied a sovereign country, killed countless innocent people there and destroyed a lot of things other than military infrastructure. And it's interesting to note that they never secured a UN Resolution for this invasion of another sovereign country. Interesting how now Putin writes opinion pieces criticizing the United States for not doing what he doesn't do either.
I'm not anti-Russian or anti-American or anti-anything. I just like to point out hypocritical behavior when i see it and also point out that there are no good guys with great powers - they all care about their own selfish self interest. Russia or America or China - they all care about maximizing their power and wealth at the expense of others without a touch of humanity in the process.
So to see your daily propaganda on behalf of the Russian Federations is slightly bemusing. I would guess your zealousness for that country would categorize you as: 1. a paid propagator of propaganda on behalf of Russia or 2. A Russian chauvinist. I would guess you're #2.
Pancho, let facts, not emotions, go first:
(1) USSR, not Russia, invaded Afghanistan (though for You-and for some brown trash- there is no difference, eh?)
(2) And Georgia: South Ossetian, not Georgian, people were barbarically bombed and they were bombed not by Russians, but just by the tie-eater Saa' thugs.
Well, I never thought it would happen so quickly, but here we have the beginnings of another world police force. Just the other day I posted on here that, over the next 50 years we would see the US being replaced as world police force by China, and possibly Russia. I was, of course ridiculed (by one) and I left the matter as "wait and see". Didn't have to wait long did I? Although a million miles away from being a world police force, Putin is flexing his muscles for Russia, he has a bold and possibly achievable plan on the table to resolve the threat of military action against Syria and now he is wagging his finger at the US in a "nice" way of saying "enough". So, we wait and see the outcome and how Russia will shape up to its (possibly) new role in the world.
Putin's argument is excellent. I agree with him 100% in his assessment of the Americans and their idiotic belief that they are somehow exceptional when they are just a typical empire exercising brute force.
What I find laughable, however, is that Putin is the person writing this piece. Had it been someone from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, Georgia or any other country savagely occupied and bombed by Russia or America I would have taken by hat off to them. But these two countries are one and the same in their views of geopolitics - the only difference is the Americans have the money.
“the United States’ policy is what makes America different. It’s what makes us exceptional” /Barak Obama' address to the nation, September, 10, 2013/
To hell with Putin, Matt.....it's about Obama's dangerous for the entire mankind idea of "American exceptionalism", which is-de facto- the self indulgence on killing.