Vladimir Putin Op-Ed Warns That American ‘Exceptionalism’ Is Dangerous

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In an Op-Ed column that was published in the Sept. 11 issue of The New York Times, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the American people that U.S. “exceptionalism” is dangerous for the international community.

In the piece, “A Plea for Caution From Russia,” Putin cautioned against a Syrian military strike, saying an attack would undermine the power of the United Nations and “further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa.”

“It is alarming that military intervention in internal conflicts in foreign countries has become commonplace for the United States,” Putin wrote. “Is it in America’s long-term interest?”

In addition to the Syria situation, Russia and the U.S. are already at odds about NSA leaker Edward Snowden being granted amnesty in Russia, CBS Local reported.

In the article, Putin makes that argument that rebel forces used chemical weapons in order to elicit a response from the U.S. and other Western countries.

“No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists,” Putin wrote. “Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.”

Putin also referenced the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“Force has proved ineffective and pointless,” Putin wrote. “We must stop using the language of force and return to the path of civilized diplomatic and political settlement.” He added, “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.”

He ends the piece by stating that it is “dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation … We must not forget that God created us equal.”

Sources: CBS Local, New York Times