Newscast Media NEW YORK—Russia’s President Vladmir Putin has gone through extra lengths to prevent World War III from happening, and late Wednesday penned an op-ed in the New York Times, making his case directly to the American people. The article has been well-received by Americans who now view Putin as the peacemaker and statesman, while politicians are fuming because the article is awakening the
American public. Putin insists that any military action should be approved by the United Nations.
“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,” Putin wrote.
“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,” he added.
Putin then points out that outside interference by other countries is unnecessary because the conflict within Syria is not a battle for Democracy but, several little factions battling each other and the government for their own personal agendas. “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,” Putin writes.
The White House shrugged off the article but an unnamed White House official said, “The world will note whether Russia can follow through on that commitment,” according to Politico.
Meanwhile, other officials were more harsh because Putin took his message directly to the American people. “It’s pretty clear the whole purpose of that was to try to weaken our resolve and to try to make sure that we would not fulfill our pledge to conduct military action if we have to,” former US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief Leon Panetta told NBC on Thursday morning. “So I think he was trying to, in his own way, weaken the United States in the effort to negotiate these issues.”
Sen. Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey also voiced his opinion about the article. “I worry when someone who came up through the KGB tells us what is in our national interests, and what is not,” Menendez said. “It really raises the question of how serious the Russian proposal is.”
Despite the objections of politicians who are only interested in starting new unjustified wars, Putin is showing leadership by his numerous efforts to contain the crisis. Putin’s article is characteristic of a person who is using critical thinking, while all pro-war politicians give the impression that they are driven and blinded by emotion, rather than logic and reason.
They display the tendencies of an attorney who neglects to do discovery, take depositions or interview anyone on the opposing side, yet falsely believes he or she is ready for prime time, thus jeopardizing the client’s chance of getting a fair trial.
Putin on the other hand, comes across a a master chess player who thinks five moves ahead of the game.