Putin's op-ed, invoking God and international law, is just a work of art. Reminds of the old "the devil can quote scripture" lineThat became probably my most re-tweeted tweet (and the narcissist in me is thrilled!). Some people think that Putin has spun circles around Obama, and that may be true yet this op-ed piece almost entirely reverses the momentum. Why? Because it reminds us of several things:
— Stephen Saideman (@smsaideman) September 12, 2013
- the U.S. does not have the support of the Security Council because Russia has been protecting its ally.
- that Russia supports international law when it is convenient, not so much when it is not (ask Russia's neighbors).
- writing such a piece in Russia just might get you killed--journalists seem to have a high death rate in Russia.
- that some of the outsiders arming the combatants in Syria are ... Russians.