Thursday, September 12, 2013

Valdimir Putin's Message to Americans: Caution in Syria

His full message was published in the New York Times. He is stealing the limelight from Obama on the Syria issue.

I hope Putin can end the war in Syria with the co-operation of other major powers - U.S. China, Britain and France. Enough slaughter of civilians has already taken place.
                 Oliver Munday

"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.”

Read more about Putin's message to Americans here.

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  1. I came across an interesting analysis from an associate fellow at Chatham House warning that Syria is heading for the same fate as post-1991 Iraq. Assad, like Saddam, will hold on despite the rebellion, and will then turn on the civilian population with massive bloodshed.

    We're not willing to risk Syria becoming another Libya. We want Assad to go into exile while retaining the same murderous power structure.

    Putin is gaming this war and he'll help Assad put down the rebellion knowing that is his way to restore a great measure of the lost Middle East influence of the Soviet days.

  2. Putin is interested in his own glory and influence in the Middle East. I hope we are wrong and Assad will be replaced with a suitable and tolerant figure but circumstances don't look good.

    Saudi Arabia should take him like they did with Idi Amin of Uganda and may Assad die there. Just a hope for the sake of Syrians.

  3. Mound, I meant Iran and not Saudi Arabia.