Posted September 12, 2013
by Jerry Alatalo
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s letter in the New York Times, directed to the American people, the Obama Administration, and the world, has resulted in setting the stage for solving the largest crime of the 21st century.
Mr. Putin’s assertion that rebels fighting against the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria’s tragic civil war were responsible for the chemical attacks which occurred on August 21, has the entire world asking the question: who really committed this war crime?
What is both interesting and somewhat disturbing about reports on the letter is that most have focused on the “American exceptionalism” part of the letter, while either downplaying or minimizing the most relevant words of Putin: those regarding responsibility for the chemical attacks.
The world has experienced tremendous disturbance and upheaval since those attacks in Syria on August 21. Many millions of men, women and children have feared that escalating violence would lead to even more war and killing in Syria and the Middle East region. Millions have gathered for peace rallies, holding signs reading “Hands Off Syria” and “Peace In Syria” among many other slogans. The Pope has called for dialogue to resolve the tragic situation instead of military strikes. Many thousands of spiritual traditions’ adherents are calling for talks to begin as the only real solution for Syria’s years-long war and killing.
Every major, medium, and minor news organization has reported the story on the front page of their newspapers, websites, and programs, devoting a tremendous amount of time to the latest developments. Commentators, experts, professors, reporters and retired public officials of every type and level have expressed their opinions and views. The internet is awash with articles written by everyone from seasoned journalists to bloggers, whose usual writing focused on anything but matters of war and peace, the Middle East, Syria, international relations, or geopolitics.
In workplaces everywhere people are standing around the company water-cooler talking about the newest events, views, and opinions concerning what to do about Syria. People who are on the streets of cities in every country around the world – in restaurants, coffee shops, bars, at sporting events, and churches are talking to each other about the news of events in Syria.
The major concern of the world’s people is that any escalation of military violence will result in an even more dangerous situation – their worst, almost unspeakable fear being World War III.
Mr. Putin’s letter to the American people, the Obama administration, and humanity clearly states that the people responsible for the Syria chemical attacks atrocity absolutely must be found, apprehended, and punished. It is the most important part of his message.
Either the Obama administration’s view, that the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is responsible for the atrocities, or the view of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad, that rebel forces committed a “false flag” to bring military strikes and support from the United States military, reflects the absolute truth.
Some persons are now guilty of these worst, most brutal war crimes.
That this heinous, barbaric crime occurred on August 21, 2013 in the country of Syria, the entire world has no doubt.
As of September 12, 2013 it is the most important unsolved crime on this Earth.
- Putin warns US against unilateral military strike on Syria (thehindu.com)
- Vladimir Putin writes opinion piece in The New York Times on Syria (telegraph.co.uk)
- Putin warns US not to launch attack in Syria (theguardian.com)
- Putin Appeals to U.S. Public on Eve of Syria Negotiations (bloomberg.com)
- White House responds to Putin’s NYT op-ed (thelead.blogs.cnn.com)
- Putin chooses New York Times to address the American people (theguardian.com)
- Syria rebels behind chemical attack: Putin (thenewstribe.com)