Putin Pens New York Times Op-Ed, Calls For Caution on Syria

Claiming a desire to “speak directly to the American people and their political leaders, Russian President Vladimir Putin has penned an op-ed for the New York Times. He calls it: A Plea for Caution From Russia.

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

Putin goes on to cite a bit of history in encouraging the United States to work through the United Nations and also claims it’s possible the rebels, as opposed to the Assad government, used chemical weapons in a now widely debated attack. He also claims there are bad actors on all sides in Syria and picking one over another may not be so simple.

No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every reason to believe it was used not by the Syrian Army, but by opposition forces, to provoke intervention by their powerful foreign patrons, who would be siding with the fundamentalists. Reports that militants are preparing another attack — this time against Israel — cannot be ignored.

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