Moscow to West: Hands Off Middle East/Africa
Is Moscow drawing a red line?
by Stephen Lendman
Munich's Security Conference is held annually. This year marks the 49th session. Dozens of countries participated. Hundreds of world leaders attended.
They included heads of state, foreign affairs and defense ministers, as well as other senior figures. Active engagement was prioritized. Current and future security challenges were discussed.
In 2007, Russian President Vladimir Putin took full advantage. He pulled no punches. He sharply criticized US foreign policy. He called it:
"very dangerous (in its) uncontained hyper-use of force - military force - in international relations, force that is plunging the world into an abyss of permanent conflicts." US imperialism, he stressed, "overstepped its national borders in every way."
"(U)nilateral illegal actions have not resolved any single problem. They have become a hotbed of further conflicts."
"We are seeing increasing disregard for the fundamental principles of international law....No one feels safe! Because no one can feel that international law is like a stone wall that will protect them."
"Of course, such a policy stimulates an arms race. The dominance of force inevitably encourages a number of countries to acquire weapons of mass destruction."
Putin also addressed a "unipolar world." He called it one "in which there is one master, one sovereign. And at the end of the day, this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within."
He added that "We are constantly being taught about democracy. But for some reason those who teach us do not want to learn themselves."
America deplores democracy at home and abroad. It prioritizes unchallenged dominance. It demands what it says goes. Russia supports peace, not war. It favors diplomatic conflict resolution.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov attended this year's Conference. Itar Tass headlined "Moscow calls on West not to impose outside values on peoples of Middle East, Africa."