With the conflict in Syria and the United States looming, Russian President, Vladimir Putin has made a surprising announcement. In an op-ed article for New York Times, Putin addresses issues related to needed global cooperation and diplomacy. His article can be viewed here: A Plea For Caution from Russia. Putin’s words are inspiring; we should take note of them. Diplomacy is always better than war, invading, fighting and killing. I myself have come under opposition with attempts to validate diplomacy as an option. Peace, of course, is easy to understand. However, the convoluted, ever escalating and complicated history of multiple wars, in the Middle East is not.
I will tell you why we should take note of Putin’s words; because he calls himself and his nation into account with them. They are all but fitting. We should examine history, and it will tell of the Great Game; wherein monarchies have vied for power, globalization and control for centuries.
Of recent times, we cannot forget the devastation of Afghanistan; beginning with Soviet invasion in 1979. As a matter of fact, the only time in history the US has boycotted the Olympics was in 1980. The Summer Olympics were held that year in Moscow. By the year 1985 approximately half of the Afghan population was displaced. Thousands of children were left orphaned by war. These children were then put into religious schools/training camps. Where they learned how to fight and hate. These children then became the Taliban meaning “Students.” We can see how these religious extremists have then later affected the world. Time line Afghanistan – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-12024253
As far as “American Exceptionalism,” I speak as an anthropologist and a social scientist. This term was coined by Marxists, not Americans. It was believed that America was exceptional because it had bypassed the rise of socialism and Marxism. The question existed among the Marxists as they wondered how the United States could bypass socialism. How could this nation have so few on welfare? On a side note involving current cultural change, Americans must question whether a socialistic society is best for them.
Obama’s statements “American Exceptionalism” Explained:
Now, I speak as an American. Nations also adhere to nationalism and view their own culture as exceptional. In fact, cultural bias is a norm and anthropologists are trained to understand that no matter how many grass skirts they don, or huts they sleep in, they will never be able to overcome their own cultural bias. America is a young nation, barely 200 years old; yet it has changed the world. It was birthed by pioneers, and was created, with purpose, as a free-thinking society where individuals have been allowed to explore, create and invent. Thus, the world has benefited.
America is also good at sharing. The Russians and many nations have benefited from this, i.e, plane, train, automobile, electricity, washing machine, telephone, toaster, light bulb, internet, Facebook, the list goes on. You may disagree with this opinion; I disagreed that Pussy Riot members should have been jailed. All of this to say, America is allowed to have its own culture. It is still under development. I will stand behind and back my country, the United States in its efforts. We are allowed to be over-confident if we want to be. We create things that the world likes with this attitude. So please, do not discourage us.
It is obvious that diplomacy is the best course of action; for all nations. We understand this. We know that warmongering by any country, i.e, invading, creating chaos, is not good. I will accept Vladimir Putin’s wishes for diplomacy and for changes with the United Nations. These are good things. Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa would say: Ubuntu; we must call one another into humanity. We must also remember, Vladimir Putin is not an anthropologist, nor a social scientist. I have yet to see him in an Indiana Jones’ outfit. He is a ruler and a politician; he ran for election.
I speak for my friends, many Americans and those from other countries; we take note of Vladimir Putin’s kind words. They bring solace and we greatly look forward for these changes in the United Nations, the global community and the world. I continue to speak as an American, and say that the American people want peace; and we do not want further war. This should be obvious, Facebook blew up last week.
Things are lonely in the unipolar world.