Because America is exceptional, we are also able to read between the lines. Suddenly, it seems that the Russian president has become a peacenik, explaining the seriousness of war, and the need for a worldwide UN consensus. But Russia’s war in Chechnya killed 50,000 Chechans and over 5,000 Russians. And where was Security Council authorization when Russia invaded Afghanistan, or more recently, during its venture into Georgia?
The bottom line to the “fear of war” described in your article, Mr. Putin, is that it will show clearly, for all the world to see, Russian inadequacies. America’s hi-tech missiles will destroy whatever they are programmed to do, pointing to the great superiority of American military technology, and the inferiority of Russian weaponry. There is no opposing Russian anti-missile system that will stop our new cruise missiles.
Who will then want to purchase Russian equipment with 20th century technology, when America has far superior 21st century technology that is unstoppable?
Your article mentions Israel twice and its newfound Zionist tendencies are not quite convincing. American Zionists know that Israel is a giant thorn in Russia’s side because the Israel Defense Forces have consistently decimated their opponents, proving, time and again, America’s superiority and Russian inferiority.
A tiny Jewish military is capable of defeating the great armies of Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, et al, using American weapons against inferior Soviet arms. Thank you for the warning that militants are now preparing an attack against Israel. However, they are using your own supplied weapons. What say you now?
Imagine, no more contracts from the Arab and Muslim world, when they finally realize that Russian weaponry can only be used in a civil war against civilian rebels, who have pretty much used their defense budgets on ebay. It is a brand new world with your latest weapons being American Botox injections and an op-ed article. Handsome and wrinkleless to appeal to those Americans who are media-obsessed, you, Mr. Putin, not only believe that America is not exceptional, but that we are gullible fools. An incredible about face, the article makes Mr. KGB into the reincarnation of Gandhi who loves the American people, knowing what is best for us.
The article makes an effort to somehow link an American strike in Syria, with negative consequences to the Iranian nuclear crisis, and – lo and behold – the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. You only forgot about the linkage to global warming.
So, according to you, force has proven ineffective and pointless? Does that include force used against Hitler, fascist Italy and the Japanese Empire who attacked Pearl Harbor. Force, when used properly, can be the only thing to bring about peace.
Your article touched every American with its reference to God creating us all equal. But when a non-practicing, non-involved person, who was an atheist and may still be, invokes God, they usually do so for their own agenda. Of course we were all created equal. However, that certainly does not mean that we grow equally. Some are smarter and some are not. Some are good/moral and some are evil/immoral. Your logic tells us that God created you and Adolf Hitler as equals. So what?
Let me just say this on behalf of the American people. If not for America today, the world would be a much more dangerous and dark place. We are a truly exceptional nation. God has blessed America and continues to do so.
Irwin N. Graulich is a well known Jewish motivational speaker on Judaism, ethics, morality, religion and politics and president of a leading marketing, communications and branding company in New York City.