The real takeaway from Putin’s op-ed

I find it incredibly stupid that most Americans focused on this part of Putin’s editorial:

     “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.”

…totally ignoring the most important part:

     “The potential strike by the United States against Syria, despite strong opposition from many countries and major political and religious leaders, including the pope, will result in more innocent victims and escalation, potentially spreading the conflict far beyond Syria’s borders. A strike would increase violence and unleash a new wave of terrorism. It could undermine multilateral efforts to resolve the Iranian nuclear problem and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and further destabilize the Middle East and North Africa. It could throw the entire system of international law and order out of balance.”

 

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4 thoughts on “The real takeaway from Putin’s op-ed

  1. Sometimes I think nations can be thought of as a person. The U.S. is kind of like a teenager in a lot of ways, but I’d like to believe we are becoming adults. 🙂 More importantly I feel both statements are true (although I don’t believe in God of course). In terms of Freudian psychology, the second statement only attacks our ego and that is not nearly as offensive as the first statement which attacks our id. When the id is attack we get defensive and uncompromising. It is our lack of humility as a nation which hurts us the most and until we become consciously aware of the problem our id will continue to run the country. Really to our own detriment, because the id doesn’t care about anybody else but itself. Even as infrastructure falls apart all around it. It’s why all empires collapse.

  2. I’m not sure I follow your concern. The vast majority of Americans agree with the second statement, which is why they’re “ignoring” it, while they disagree with the first statement, which is why Americans take issue with it. Most Americans don’t want another war, which is why they’re so strongly opposed to it. But America is the greatest country in the world, even though the current administration is doing everything in its power to knock it down to size. Putin should be happy about this. Obama even agrees with Putin’s statement that America is not exceptional, but most Americans do not.

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