Dangerous Times: Putin the Peacemaker vs. Obama the Warmonger

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September 14, 2013
Dangerous Times: Putin the Peacemaker
vs. Obama the Warmonger

By James Lewis

President Obama has now sabotaged four
decades of stability in the Middle East. First
he pulled down the biggest pillar of peace, the
Mubarak regime in Egypt; then he bombed
Libya into the Dark Ages; and now he has
paraded “My Army” and “My Navy” against
the Assad regime in Syria, which is just as
evil as the rebels.

The one thing Obama has never faced
honestly is what everybody knows to be the
real threat — namely mullahs with nukes.
In the strangest twist of history, it is Obama
the radical leftist who is now acting as the
destabilizing warmonger in the Middle East,
while Vladimir Putin may be emerging as a
stabilizing peacemaker.

Nobody can figure out whether Obama is the
most hapless bumbler in history, or whether
there is some sinister purpose behind it all.
It could be both.

But just as big a surprise is Putin’s emerging
role as a peacemaker.

Last week, we saw the first step in that
process, when Putin and Assad agreed to
allow supervised surrender of Syria’s chemical
weapons. We can assume that Putin also
assured Assad of his continuing support
against American-supported al-Qaeda rebels,
which makes the rebellion unwinnable.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s new military ruler,
General Al Sisi, is reaching out to Putin to
help stabilize his position against the Muslim
Brotherhood, the war fanatics whom Obama
has been aiding.

The Saudis, seeing Iranian mullahs with
nukes emerging 50 miles from their shores,
are also looking to make a deal with Putin.
They have a lot of oil and money, and they
cannot trust their American ally anymore.
If America bugs out, Russia is the obvious
nuclear protector for the Saudis. In
international affairs, survival comes first.
Last year, Vladimir Putin paid a friendly visit
to Israel, meeting with the Israeli cabinet in
Jerusalem.

In the Syrian confrontation, Putin sent five
warships to the Eastern Med, just as we did.
Those naval ships are not up to U.S.
standards, but nobody wants to see a clash of
the titans. It’s a no-win situation.
Finally, Russia may be the only nation that
can scare the bejesus out of the mullahs. The
reason for that is very simple: Putin does not
make idle threats. Every single day for more
than thirty years the mullahs have been
chanting, “Death to Israel! Death to America!”
But they never chant “Death to Russia!”
because under Tsar Vladimir Putin, they are
afraid to do so. Putin can a very nasty
enemy, with far more power than the mullahs
have.

Putin can therefore wield more real power in
the Middle East than Obama.

Look at his chips: he can threaten Iran, which
nobody else dares to do with real credibility.
He can offer protection to Saudi Arabia,
scared to death of Iran, only 50 miles away
from Mecca and Medina. He can supply Assad
with all the weapons he needs to stay in
power, just as long as the United States is
willing to support the al-Qaeda rebels against
Assad. And he has no particular beef with
Israel. Putin is therefore a source of stability,
not random overthrow of stable regimes.
America’s decline as a serious international
power goes directly to our failure to find a
serious answer to mullahs with nukes. That
lack of seriousness started with Jimmy Carter,
and it got much worse with Obama. The
Bushes kept respect for America alive in the
Middle East, which respects only hard power.
But Obama, Carter, and Clinton sabotaged us
and even surrendered to militant Islamists.
Russia is now the strong horse, and we are
the weak horse.

Our weakness is not in our military, which is
still the best in the world.

Our weakness is in our lack of political will
under Democratic presidents. We are
unreliable in a harsh world that can’t afford
to risk flabby American presidents every four
years.

Putin knows all about pushover liberals. He
rose in the Soviet KGB to become the head of
the East German arm of Soviet intelligence.
The Soviets studied Western politics and
penetrated West Germany at the highest
levels of government. Our Democrats are
useful idiots in Lenin’s meaning of that term,
and they are not mysterious to Putin. They
can be rolled. To hardnosed KGB thugs they
are ridiculously easy to manipulate.
That makes Vladimir Putin potentially the
most powerful player in the Middle East. If
the Saudis come to an arrangement with him,
he can protect them against Iran. One
possibility is for the Saudis to coordinate oil
prices with Russia, to their mutual benefit.
Putin is a Russian nationalist, like the tsars.
Russian rulers have long been nationalistic
tyrants. The tsars were also the heads of the
Russian Orthodox Church, in exactly the way
Queen Elizabeth is still the titular head of the
Church of England. The Tsars were religious
tyrants.

If you google “Putin + Patriarch of Moscow,”
you’ll get 360,000 hits, including fabulous
news photos of Vladimir Putin kissing the ring
of the patriarch, surrounded by those golden
baubles they inherited from the Byzantine
Empire. Look at those pictures, and you see
Putin the tsar.

In Russian legend, even Ivan the Terrible
ended up confessing his sins to the Orthodox
Church. Putin is playing a role going back
five centuries and more.

Russia needs a unifying ideology, and if it’s
not Communism, it has to be its ancient form
of orthodox Christianity. The Soviets tried to
extirpate the Orthodox Church for seventy
years and failed.

To understand Putin the Peacemaker,
consider two more facts.

1. Historically, all the Orthodox Christian
churches were shaped by more than a
thousand years of warfare against Muslim
aggressors. Putin does not have to learn
about Muslim aggression — unlike Obama,
who can’t seem to get what everybody else
understands. When Muslim terrorists
attacked a full theater in Moscow and an
elementary school in Beslan, Putin took a
terrible revenge in Chechnya. The liberal
media never covered that war, but you can
look it up. Muslims fear Putin. He takes no
prisoners.

2. Like the English royals, the Russian tsars
styled themselves as the protectors of
Christians in their own country and abroad.
When Putin therefore expresses official
Russian concern about vicious Muslim
persecution of Christians in the Middle East,
this is not just a shrewd political move. It is
also a signal that everybody understands. The
Orthodox Churches have ancient ties to
Jerusalem, Damascus, and Istanbul, to name
just three famous capital cities.
Putin is therefore adopting a traditional
Russian approach to the world. He is a realist
who plays big-power politics.

Putin cannot tolerate a Muslim fascist regime
with a nuclear martyrdom complex. Putin
knows about suicide bombers. Chechen
suiciders were involved in two great terrorist
disasters at the beginning of his rule, the
Beslan elementary school massacre and the
Moscow theater massacre. Putin can’t doubt
the danger of Muslim suiciders, unlike
American leftists who keep trying to pretend
that reality isn’t what it is.

Vladimir Putin therefore knows in his very
bones what Obama doesn’t know: that
suiciders with nukes are not acceptable.
Obama’s pro-Muslim policies have to be
driving the Kremlin batty these days. What is
with this American president? The Russians
can understand American leaders acting in
our national interest. They can’t figure out
why this president seems to be empowering
our sworn fanatical enemies: radical Sunnis
in Arabia and radical Shi’ites in Iran.
Twelve years after 9/11/01, how dumb can
these Americans be?

Iran is the only Muslim nation that has come
unharmed out of the last five years of Obama.
That fabulous Arab Spring never spread to
Iran, which needs a spring cleaning much
more than Syria, Libya, and Egypt. None of
those Arab nations threatened the peace of
the world. Iran does so every single day.
History is full of amazing twists and turns.
The fall of the Soviet Union came as a
surprise. The takeover of America by the
radical left was a surprise. The miraculous
coincidence of Ronald Reagan, Margaret
Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II came as a
surprise. The Islamist-radical left alliance is
still a big surprise, even after five years of
Obama.

Nobody expected the rise of Putin’s Russia in
its old historical role.

In politics, surprise is the rule.

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