Vladimir Putin – Tuesday, March 4, 2014

– While commenting on crisis in Ukraine and global community’s outrage over Russian act of militarily controlling Crimea, a small autonomous region of Ukraine with Russians forming almost 58 per cent of the population of Crimea

“We are often told our actions are illegitimate,” he said. “But when I ask, ‘Do you think everything you do is legitimate?’ they say yes. Our partners, especially in the United States, always clearly formulate their own geopolitical and state interests and follow them with persistence,” he said, making specific reference to U.S. actions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. “Then, using the principle ‘You’re either with us or against us,’ they draw the whole world in. And those who do not join in get beaten until they do.”

– The Washington Post

Putin decries the US worldview of conducting the geopolitics, blames Uncle Sam for events in Afghanistan, Libya, and Iraq and elsewhere the US and its associates are involved, and blames the US and the affiliates of following and perpetuating the double standards.

True, there can be and there are agreeable points in these counterpoints of Mr. Putin. But what lacerate Mr. Putin’s arguments are the facts that none of them, to be blamed by him, are dictators like him, and none of the world powers, alleged by him, are sham democracies, like Russia has become under him.

What also punctures Mr. Putin’s argument here is – he is trying to justify his act of dictatorial aggression of a sovereign nation’s territory – that like his country Russia, is a member of the United Nations, the global body supposed to maintain the international order of peace and stability – by comparing it with the events (or the interventions led by the US and its associates) aimed at overthrowing dictators (like and unlike him) and terrorist regimes.

Yes, it has been a matter of concern that these international interventions couldn’t bring stability in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya but that can never be a pretext for Mr. Putin to justify his expansionist thoughts.

But, we all know, Mr. Putin doesn’t care. In fact, no dictator cares.

©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/