"The potential strike by the US against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria's borders. ... It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.
It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the US. Is it in America’s long-term interest?
My working and personal relationship with President Barack 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 US 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."
Russian President Vladimir Putin in an op-ed for the New York Times, entitled "A Plea for Caution From Russia".