Lies, damn lies, and “Exceptionalism”

In an op-ed piece published in the New York Times, the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin warns the people of the United States against further interventions:

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.”

The Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, nails it with that portion of his New York Times essay.

He goes on to mention the American caused horror that is today’s Libya. It is now “divided into tribes and clans” and in a state of confused conflict. That illegal war was the U.S. government “helping” the people of Libya? Of course not, that war was just another in a long line of the U.S. destroying all governments in the middle east that were not toadies to the U.S. and its partner in crime Israel. Like the other interventions, the Libyan war was built on lies, deceptions, blunders, and massive propaganda. Libya is today a failed state reduced to lawlessness and ruin.

We can hope that twelve years after 9/11 that the U.S. is ready to see that its interventionist policies are morally wrong, unlawful, counterproductive, and ruinously expensive. Not only do these ridiculous interventions destroy the poor men, women, and children that we are supposedly helping, but it is destroying the U.S. itself. As has been famously observed, both sides lose in every war.

We can cheer the fact that Putin’s gambit to have Syria turn over all chemical weapons to the U.N. seems to have stopped Obama and led to his defeat in Congress over getting their backing for war. We can also cheer Obama’s defeat over Syria  in the public opinion polls and welcome this very positive sign of the times, but we must still yank out the evil weed of “American Exceptionalism”.

Putin’s condemnation of “Exceptionalism”:

I would rather disagree with a case [President Obama] made on American exceptionalism, stating that 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.

It is amazing that it takes an ex-KGB man from the Soviet Union to remind us that all people are created equal and no one has the right to aggress against people who are not attacking you. Libya never attacked the U.S. and yet we utterly destroyed that poor nation. Now we see Syria in the same light. What have they done to the U.S.? They have done nothing at all to the U.S. other than be a country on Israel’s hit list and a stepping stone to their dream of destruction of the Persians in Iran.

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