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Russia’s Pres. Putin tells Americans we “aren’t exceptional”

(CNN) – If Vladimir Putin wanted to get Americans’ attention, he seems to have done a pretty good job.

The Russian president’s op-ed article arguing against military intervention in Syria, published on The New York Times’ website late Wednesday, set off a flurry of reactions; some outraged, some impressed and some just plain bemused.

Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez said the piece made him almost want to throw up.

Putin said he had written the opinion piece “to speak directly to the American people and their political leaders.”

READ: See Putin’s letter to Americans in the New York Times

But he appeared to have raised some people’s hackles with the last paragraph in which he disputed the idea of American “exceptionalism.”

It was a reference to President Barack Obama’s address Tuesday night, in which he said that while America can’t be a global cop, it ought to act when in certain situations.

“That’s what makes us exceptional,” Obama said. “With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.”

Putin’s answer to that?

“It is extremely dangerous to encourage people to see themselves as exceptional, whatever the motivation,” he wrote.

He concluded with the line, “We are all different, but when we ask for the Lord’s blessings, we must not forget that God created us equal.”