The President of the Russian Federation has recently said that late in 2001 his nation’s intelligence services passed on info to their American counterparts regarding Saddam Hussein’s intent to launch terror on U.S. soil.
“Indeed, after Sept. 11, 2001, and before the start of the military operation in Iraq, the Russian special services … received information that officials from Saddam’s regime were preparing terrorist attacks in the United States and outside it against the U.S. military and other interests,” Putin declared.
Well, we all knew where Russia’s interests were during the Iraq War. Oil for food, anyone?
Putin was perhaps second only to Tony Blair in standing behind Bush just after Sept. 11. Russia contributed to Afghanistan – not really a “Bush” war since it was multilateral and received U.N. backing, you see. But the “unilateral” action – the military services of Poland, Italy, Estonia, Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, pre-March 11 Spain and others apparently do not figure into the equation – against Iraq was condemned widely by Putin.
Putin risked the wrath of the world by refusing to ratify the Kyoto Treaty, backing up America’s own stance on the junk science treaty, but he couldn’t bring himself to help in dispatching his buddy Saddam – who he knew was planning attacks against America – from power in Iraq.
“Despite that information about terrorist attacks being prepared by Saddam’s regime, Russia’s position on Iraq remains unchanged,” says Putin. Still crying over lost bloodstained revenue, eh, Vladdy?
Truthfully, I don’t blame Russia entirely. Every nation has ulterior motives for the policies and decisions they make, and all have their own interests at heart. The U.K. loves to pretend otherwise, but nations like France make absolutely no bones about it.
Yet, the United States is the only nation to come under fire for looking out for itself, the only nation with self-interested motives.
In light of Putin’s behavior, someone please tell me why that’s fair.Powered by Sidelines