Putin the Preventer
Published: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 22, 2013 16:09
Syria, much like the pre-WWI Balkan Peninsula, has been a powder keg over the past few weeks. The turmoil coming out of the area was not brought to a truly global stage until the accusation was made that Assad used chemical weapons to kill 1,400 civilians in late August. With this news being brought to light, the United States of America came to bat, or at least attempted to. President Obama attempted to rally the support of Congress and the American people to deliver an ultimatum to Syria; hand over your chemical weapons or face bombing from the United States. However, the support of Congress and the American people didn’t come.
After the scandal with NSA spying and the PRISM program, the American people have been wary of the President. Congress and the People did not want to get involved in any more war or fighting and the outlook for Syria looked bleak until Russian leader Vladimir Putin threw his hat into the ring. Yes, you heard that correctly, Vladimir Putin.
Putin has long been the subject of political scrutiny for his handling of Russian politics and his support of various dictators throughout the Middle East. Thus, it would seem that Putin would support Assad, as he has a history of backing such dictators and is commonly described by many people as one himself.
Whatever ulterior motives led Putin to make this move, it was vital to the international community that he did. The last thing that the U.S. needs is to get involved in another military conflict. Putin making his offer to assist in the removal of the chemical weapons is huge for the U.S., even if the full effects of this offer have yet to be seen. In this situation, we might just need to start calling the Russian leader “Putin the Preventer.”