Mr. Putin raised valid points

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

The Sept. 29 front-page ar­ti­cle “Obama, Putin clash over Syria cri­sis” high­lighted key ques­tions that should have been de­bated and re­solved by Congress long ago. The com­plex­ity of op­pos­ing Mid­dle East fac­tions, fluid al­liances and un­der­ly­ing is­sues is largely lost on the Amer­i­can peo­ple. The lack of de­bate on Capi­tol Hill and the sim­plis­tic overuse of the la­bel “ter­ror­ism” by the media con­trib­ute to this lack of un­der­stand­ing.

Iron­i­cally, Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin’s points re­gard­ing at­tempts by Western na­tions to im­pose democ­racy re­sult­ing in “vi­o­lence and so­cial dis­as­ter,” whether in­ter­ven­tion in Syria vi­o­lates in­ter­na­tional law and what a sta­ble Syr­ian end state would look like should al­ready have been weighed by Congress, the pres­i­dent and the Amer­i­can peo­ple. Who would have thought that Mr. Putin, of all peo­ple, would serve as the cat­a­lyst for long-avoided demo­cratic prin­ci­ples?

Dan Ed­wards, Wood­bridge

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