On Putin’s address to the American people


I recently came across a conversation between some friends on facebook about Russian President Putin’s recent appeal to the American people in the NYT and couldn’t help but take an opinion. The guys in the conversation just seemed so uptight, so fearful of Putin, echoing stereotypical American and Western paranoias of foreign governments and nations. What brought me to the point of wanting to write this response is when I realized that I can no longer tolerate being equated with ruthless depictions of foreign nations just because I might not entirely agree with everything the West does. I want it to be known that we have a problem here in our country as much as we do outside of it, and that problem largely is this culturally engrained concept of vanity which was the engine of slavery and every manifestation of anarchical capitalism that defined the Occident up until the 21st century. So, here is my message in a few words.

If a leader merely speaking to the American people is regarded as a potential threat or as an attempt to propagandize a political initiative is almost pathetic to me. If the right thing to do for America is to not be involved in Syria and to deter any ill intentioned political agendas from being carried out by any country, I think we are pointing our fingers at the wrong person, country and/or force. The West has done a wonderful job of portraying liberalism and leftism as forces of evil in our own societies, as well as convincing us that any foreign country’s attempt to check America’s imbalance of power is somehow a guised tyrannical effort to take over the world. Let us not be so afraid of foreigners, as it is all of our private corporations infiltrating our democracy and exploiting the resources of other nations. It’s time to get down to the facts, to expose the pros as well as the cons of America, and to clear our minds of the falsehoods that we are spoon-fed about foreign countries. These paranoias have actually been used to cover up the crimes of individuals inside and outside America, to distract us from the forces responsible for social injustices.