Vladimir Putin, From Russia With Love?

His future’s so bright, he’s got to wear shades…

Valdimir Putin in the New York Times, writing with poise about the de-evolution of US foreign policy, the purpose of the United Nations, and the pathway to peace in Syria. I think he studied the speech delivered to the UN by Pope Paul VI, back in the Fall of 1965.

Take a look.

 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.

Read it all.

This is kind of embarrassing, you know.  Worthy of the Picard FacePalm Award, for sure. Especially after speeches like this were given during the Presidential campaign.

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  • slavix

    One thing you still have not realized, judging by your comments and picture above, is that Putin is no tyrant, despite being painted as one in western media.

  • Ce Gzz

    Puting is becoming a surprise to me….is he really being transformed by G-O-D? That law to protect children being exposed to LGBT lobby…..WOW!

  • lightbearer33

    I read somewhere recently that Putin has had a conversion back to the Christian faith…if this is true then perhaps the Holy Spirit is searing his conscience…remember the words of Our Blessed Mother at Fatima in 1917…that unless Russia is consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary she would continue to spread her errors…let us pray that Putin’s transformation will affect his whole country and thereby affect the whole world!

    • JohnnyVoxx

      Yes. I think this bears special consideration.

  • Guest

    I don’t think Putin has been transformed by God or anything, but I do believe he has come to understand that the modern deconstruction of millennia-old institutions such as the Church will have catastrophic effects on the West and the world at-large. He witnessed it himself in Soviet Russia.

  • kate

    I’m not so sure that Putin is anything but a powerful politician, and not one who cares much for the independence of his own people. If you judge him by the state of his nation, the poverty, the orphans… I’m not sure that he is a good candidate for the title of hero.

  • Melar

    Listen to Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s YouTube video on the Role of Communism and the Role of America. Even I found it intriguing to read about Russia’s consecration and conversion. Also the things Mary the Mother God said about Russia. Russia could be the new leader in peace with a new vigor of faith in God.