Re: p.s. Re: [orthodox-rocor] A Plea for Caution From Russia What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria
First Holy Fr. you are welcome, and 2 I completely agree with you.
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Subject: p.s. Re: [orthodox-rocor] A Plea for Caution From Russia What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria
Sent: Sat, Sep 14, 2013 5:12:01 PM
As a follow up to my comments below, I suggest those interested to read Stephen Cohen's article from over a year ago on the demonization of Putin by the western media.
Sent: Saturday, September 14, 2013 9:56:19 AM
Subject: Re: [orthodox-rocor] A Plea for Caution From Russia What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria
I am glad someone forward this. I wanted to make a few comments. There was a sharp reaction by many members of congress on this op-ed piece, including ranking members of the Senate. I was amazed and depressed by their statements.
Notice that what President Putin wrote is exactly what he has been saying over and over for the past 2 years. There is nothing new. The problem is that the Russian President has been demonized in the western press and Russia's interests of global stability ignored. While one ranking senator said he wanted to vomit when he read the opinion page, he did not refute any of Putin's points. When Newt Gingrich stated on Crossfire that Putin is a dictator and thug and thus dismissed, he too did not respond to any of Putin's arguments. What the former Speaker also failed to note is that in spite of any problems within Russia, Mr. Putin's approval rating in Russia remains much higher than that of either Mr. Obama's rating in the U.S., or the former Speaker's ratings during his tenure in Congress at any point of his career.
What I hope all on this list realize is that since the so-called Arab Spring, Christians including Orthodox in the Middle East and Northern Africa have been slaughtered and persecuted at an alarming rate. As members of a Church that administratively formed due to persecution (and continues to retain a self-governing status as a result of those persecutions) I believe we have a moral obligation give witness to Christians who are suffering today as our bishops did in a recent statement. Unfortunately, western powers are more concerned about the "rights" of those with alternative moral expressions than the fate of suffering of Christians.
Our President should avoid preaching to the Russian people as he did through Jay Leno for example as to how Russia should or should not protect children from what they believe (as do many Americans) are harmful behaviors and influences. By the way, I am sure a homosexual would prefer living in Russia today than with the Syrian rebels.
As we pray for the persecuted Christians in this region, lets also pray that our political leaders in the West will emulate the culture and statesmanship of the previous generation of senators. Obama's America is much different than the country I grew up in. So no, Ronald Reagan would not roll over in his grave from Putin's Op-Ed piece as one congressman said. Rather, he is rolling over in his grave as the expression goes over what is happening in this country today.
Finally, had the West not armed the Syrian rebels I doubt the civil war in Syria would still be going on today. And, if the civil war had ended, would there have been a chemical attack in August. If the answer is no, than who is clean?
Prot. Victor Boldewskul
From: "Chad McBride" <c_mcbride7@...>
Cc: "C.W. Mcbride" <c_mcbride7@...>
Sent: Friday, September 13, 2013 6:24:56 PM
Subject: [orthodox-rocor] A Plea for Caution From Russia What Putin Has to Say to Americans About Syria