HOT BLAST: Putin writes oped for New York Times
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Vladimir Putin, Russian president, right, and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad smile as they shake hands in Moscow's Kremlin in a 2006 meeting. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press service, File)
Vladimir Putin, Russian president, right, and his Syrian counterpart Bashar Assad smile as they shake hands in Moscow's Kremlin in a 2006 meeting. (AP photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press service, File)
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The Russian reputation for preferring order (even brutal order) over chaos (even anti-authoritarian chaos) remains judging by an oped in today's New York Times.

In it, Vladimir V. Putin, president of Russia, writes:

Syria is not witnessing a battle for democracy, but an armed conflict between government and opposition in a multireligious country. There are few champions of democracy in Syria. But there are more than enough Qaeda fighters and extremists of all stripes battling the government. The United States State Department has designated Al Nusra Front and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, fighting with the opposition, as terrorist organizations. This internal conflict, fueled by foreign weapons supplied to the opposition, is one of the bloodiest in the world.

Mercenaries from Arab countries fighting there, and hundreds of militants from Western countries and even Russia, are an issue of our deep concern. Might they not return to our countries with experience acquired in Syria? After all, after fighting in Libya, extremists moved on to Mali. This threatens us all.



A shorter version: Never mind the brutality of the Assad regime when there are terrorists afoot. Granted, elements of the Syrian opposition have troubling connections, but this is the Middle East where troubling connections are seemingly around every corner.

 

 
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