There is a lot being made in the news about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s trip to America to address the UN Security Council and meet with President Obama. The debate surrounding the trip centers around the question of whether Mr. Putin is truly acting in a manner that serves the best interest of the majority of the world or if he is simply using the trip as an opportunity to advance Russia’s agenda in the world; the truth is that it is probably somewhere in the middle of those two with more than a little lean toward Russia’s own agenda and policies.
Putin the Dictator
Many of you reading this may question why I chose to call the leader of a so called “Democratic Nation” a dictator; the answer is clear if you look at his country’s recent political leadership. Putin himself was president of Russia from 2000 to 2008, served as the Prime Minister of Russia (Equivalent to our Vice presidency) from 1999 – 2000 and 2008 – 2012 and then after using up his presidential term limits he basically rewrote his country’s laws so he could again become president. That is some 16 years he has been either the number 1 or 2 man in charge in Russian politics and policy making. That is quite simply put a dictatorship in every sense of the world.
That brings up the self-serving part of what Putin is doing by coming to the United States and addressing the United Nations. He is trying to make the USA look bad by saying that they helped facilitate the power vacuum that created the new threat that ISIS imposes by making the political stability far worse than the regimes the US helped topple; there is some truth to this, but there is also even more truth that those regimes already had battles going on in their people’s fight for democracy. It also goes without saying that abusive governments such as those in Syria and Libya bred terrorists far faster than any power vacuums that were created by political instability in those regions did.
By helping re-stabilize the Syrian regime, Putin is sending a loud message to other dictatorships and democracies around the world that the USA’s grand vision of a truly democratic world is far from becoming a reality. Quite frankly, his strategy is working and he has a lot of people around the world listening to what he is saying. Even the US and its allies are starting to lean toward a peaceful political transition in Syria or a resolution that splits the country in half.
The Bottom Line
I for one am all for Russia joining the fight against ISIS. Let’s let Russia pay for the equipment to do the job, let Russia suffer from the losses of their military personnel, let Russian money pay for the cost of the war and let Russia become the focus of these terrorist’s retaliation. It will also put Russia up on the world stage and give them a chance to show that they really are looking out for the greater good of the world instead of just pursuing their country’s own self-serving interests. It will be interesting to see how this scenario plays out over the next several months.
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