Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin: One may not like his view

of the world, but that doesn't make him wrong.

 

 

Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria

The 'Brutality of the World', According to Vladimir Putin

 

"Westerners haven't suddenly become champions of humanism in our region; they defend their positions and attempt to conquer others. … Some analysts have spoken, thanks to the Russia-China veto of U.N. plans to intervene in Syria, about a return to the Cold War. Viewed from Russia House, this Cold War is fueled by the expansion of NATO and is coupled with the desire to limit Russia's influence in international affairs."

 

By K. Selim

 

Translated by Carolyn Yohn

 

February 27, 2012

 

Algeria - Le Quotidien d’Oran - Original Article (French)

Vladimir Putin: He may have a dour, old-fashioned view of the world, but it may be closer to the truth than the West's.

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The geopolitics of the Great Game - a contradictory game - is real. Believing that states act in the interests of universal happiness is nothing but a pipe dream. Russia, which has been greatly criticized, has its own political rationale. It doesn't flaunt a set of flexible ideals to defend Iran, but forget about Saudi Arabia and Bahrain - however similar their situations may be.

 

Within the long article written by Vladimir Putin which defines the foreign policy of Russia, he outlines another more "classical" vision for Iraq, Libya and respect for the rules of international law - which have all been challenged by Western strategy. Some might point out that Putin speaks as a man of the KGB, and they aren't wrong, provided that they don't forget: the services in the other camp also “talk,” and in a much more effective and far more devious way.

 

Yet one need not be a detective to realize that the Internet, cell phones and mobile networks have all, like television, “turned into effective tools for promoting domestic and international policy.” These are tools which, without encouraging the slightest sympathy for a criminal dictatorship like that of Bashar al-Assad - check al-Jazeera - allow people to judge just how inept propaganda can be. But social movements in the Arab world haven't suddenly transformed the reality of the world or its geopolitical order.

 

Westerners haven't suddenly become champions of humanism in our region; they defend their positions and attempt to conquer others. Cynically, one could say they do so according to their interest alone. The issue of freedoms and rights - a cosmetic pretext - is totally secondary. Vladimir Putin expresses clearly that Russia has interests to defend. Even if the country was rolled on Libya, it doesn't intend to fall for the same trick in Syria or elsewhere. Putin is above all defending his nation's status as a respected nationalist and "anti-imperialist" power.

 

Western nations, with their masterful use of propaganda to boot, do the same thing, only in a much more aggressive fashion, consistent with their traditions. The only difference is that Russia doesn't invoke human rights. It is content with the old rule of international law - which is still in effect - regarding state sovereignty. Putin noted that Russian businesses have been excluded in countries like Iraq and Libya, and in his view, human rights are being exploited by “the interest of someone else in re-dividing the market.” While one may not appreciate the world he describes, it would be difficult to completely deny its reality. What is left are just subjective constructs.  

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Le Monde, France: Putin Had Best Not Underestimate Obama

 

 

Some analysts have spoken, thanks to the Russia-China veto of U.N. plans to intervene in Syria, about a return to the Cold War. Viewed from Russia House - to borrow the title of the popular John Le Carré novel - this Cold War is fueled by the expansion of NATO and coupled with the desire to limit Russia's influence in international affairs. While saluting China, whose “voice in the world is indeed growing ever more confident,” and as steward of the Russia House, Putin declares that his nation does not intend to be subordinated and will not give up its slice of the international market to others. Finally, this is in the style of the man - Putin's article reminds one of the brutalities of the world.

 

But that doesn't mean that those who are struggling for freedom and democracy in the Arab world should give up their battle in the slightest. Above all, the world's brutal reality encourages people to fight lucidly, far from any illusion or naiveté.

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