Putin blasts the US

Just 2 days ago I had blogged about the US indulging in another arms race that will provoke Russia, and how the US now has to take cognizance of other world powers in the international power equation. Putin has made a similar statement yesterday at the Security Forum in Munich :

Here are extracts from his statement :
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has ripped to pieces the concept of a unipolar world and blasted the United States for indiscriminate use of force, which provoked other countries to seek nuclear weapons.
Addressing a security forum in Munich, Germany, the Russian leader said, “The unipolar model of the world is not only unacceptable, but also unrealisable because in today’s world, nobody has enough political or economic resources to enforce it”.
Mr. Putin pointed out that the combined Gross Domestic Products of India and China based on purchasing power parity is already bigger than that of the U.S., while the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries have a larger GDP than the European Union. “There is no doubt that in the foreseeable future, the economic potential of these new centres of power will inevitably get converted into political clout and will strengthen multipolarity.”
Attempts to impose the unipolar model by force have only generated more conflicts and more deaths.
“We are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations, which plunges the world into a string of conflicts,” Mr. Putin told a gathering of 250 top officials and political leaders from around the world, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates.
“One state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders and is imposing its legal system on other states,” Mr. Putin said. “This is very dangerous. Nobody feels secure anymore because nobody feels protected by international law. This policy fuels the arms race… encourages countries to acquire weapons of mass destruction.
“They keep teaching Russia democracy, but don’t want to learn it themselves. Why do they resort to bombings and shellings all the time? Could it be because of a lack of political culture, respect for democracy and law?”
Recalling NATO promises to the former Soviet Union not to deploy military forces in Eastern Europe, Mr. Putin asked: “Where are your promises? Why is it necessary to move the NATO military infrastructure to Russian borders? What has that to do with combatting global threats?
“The unipolar world is destructive, not only for those who live in it, but also for its master, because it destroys him from within as it has nothing to do with democracy”.

6 thoughts on “Putin blasts the US

  1. There should be balance and equal share of pressure.USA is trying to be new type of Hitler.

  2. Darwin’s theory is for the animal kingdom – why are we Humans following it ? Surely , we are more than animal – as long as there is this ‘survival based on domination’ concept , there will always be Russias and Americas , Indias and Chinas facing off eachother.
    Quoting myself in an piece i wrote in response to an article in Washington Post some years back :
    “The argument of a future menace goes asking. The
    West’s values have only created two World Wars and
    more misery on the Human race. In a spiritual sense , the West has proved itself Unworthy of leadership.
    It is time India and its true eternal values of peaceful co-existance with nature and universal well being – as effects in its Vedic Heritage lead the world into a more peaceful millenium “.

  3. Rightly said.
    It is ridiculous of the US to even think of any military actions before righting the devastation in Iraq.
    This John Mayer song says it for me.
    Is there anyone who
    Ever remembers changing there mind from
    The paint on a sign?
    Is there anyone who really recalls
    Ever breaking rank at all
    For something someone yelled real loud one time
    Everyone believes
    In how they think it ought to be
    Everyone believes
    And they’re not going easily
    Belief is a beautiful armor
    But makes for the heaviest sword
    Like punching under water
    You never can hit who you’re trying for
    Some need the exhibition
    And some have to know they tried
    It’s the chemical weapon
    For the war that’s raging on inside
    Everyone believes
    From emptiness to everything
    Everyone believes
    And no ones going quietly
    We’re never gonna win the world
    We’re never gonna stop the war
    We’re never gonna beat this
    If belief is what we’re fighting for
    What puts a hundred thousand children in the sand
    Belief can
    Belief can
    What puts the folded flag inside his mother’s hand
    Belief can
    Belief can

  4. Hi Shekhar,
    US has long since been a danger for the world…it is just only few years ago, that people have started recognizing it…it was funny how US ambassador has said that Iran-Indo petorleum line is illegal ( based on which country’s law?)
    As far as my knowledge goes, US is playing the role British played in 1800s and 1900s! But it is still to be seen how long will it be, before countries (like India as a nation & Government)start realizing this…lets hope they do that soon…otherwise…the whole of middle east will be gone before they can do that!

  5. survival of the fittest is a fact and thats how the world operates.Those who understand this fact fully ,are capable of surviving and thriving.
    India was a great civilization and one of the wealthiest nations on earth. With the advent of buddhism and the concept of live and let live, the entire nation was swept by a buddhist wave and it included all of the powerful kings and empires including the mauryan empire.With a big chhuk of soldiers becoming monks and the entire nation losing killer instinct, indian shores were wide open to invasion and india appreared as a land of timid people lacking any apetite to offer resistance, let alone nurturing any expansionist desires.what followed next is history- which took us through the nadir of our civilization- foreign invasions,slavery and poverty.
    although I am not a big fan of american foreign policy and the statement ‘attack is the best mode of defence’ buddhist principles of live and let live are not a practical way of foreign policy, because people around you won’t follow the same principles. History doesnt care as to who was ruthless/ expansionist and who was just.It matters if one is a failed nation or a successful nation.America knows this fact and hence they are successful, we arent prepared to learn it even after experiencing what happens by dwelling on the -Cow policy- as I call it- India has followed through out history. If there is something to learn from america, it might not be wrong saying that -to be successful and sustain success, a nation should not just dwell on so called universal principles of live and let live- but strike a balance between kindness and aggressiveness- in the end, history classifies nations as successful or failed.Look at china and what they have done to be a world power- annexed tibet, annexed parts of india, annexed a big chunk of land from mangolia and named it inner mangolia province of china, took part in korean war, invaded vietnam. In this world, power and aggressiveness thrives and meekness is harshly punished. it doesnt make sense to me but thats how history has worked and america knows that.

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    Can you give me an opportunity to join your Team?
    Prasad Poojary

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