Nuclear Nightmare

Freedom Financial News | Posted July 03, 2024

The World on the Brink: Why We Are Closer to Nuclear War Than Ever Before

In recent years, the world has been inching closer to a potential nuclear conflict, a situation that some argue is the most dangerous since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. Unlike then, however, public awareness and fear are surprisingly minimal. Yet, the threat is very real and immediate, as escalating tensions between Russia (potentially allied with China) and the West continue unabated. Here’s why:

  • NATO expansion and military aid to Ukraine are provoking Russia.
  • Deployment of missile systems in Europe is seen as a threat by Russia.
  • Western leaders’ aggressive stance risks pushing the world into nuclear war.

NATO Expansion: Provocation or Defense?

A hostile military alliance, now including Sweden and Finland, is at the very borders of Russia. This expansion is perceived as a direct threat by Russian leaders, whose country faced devastation from Western invasions twice in the 20th century. Imagine if Mexico or Canada joined an anti-US military alliance—Washington’s reaction would likely mirror Russia’s current stance.

As if expanding NATO to include almost all of Central and Eastern Europe weren’t provocative enough, Washington began sending billions of dollars’ worth of military aid to Ukraine in 2014. The Pentagon described this as an effort to “improve interoperability with NATO.” This growing Western involvement in Ukraine puzzled many, including then-President Barack Obama, who viewed Ukraine as “a core Russian interest, but not an American one.”

The Economic Motives Behind Military Aid

Sen. Lindsey Graham’s startling televised candor provides some insight into the West’s interest in Ukraine: “Ukraine is sitting on $10 to $12 trillion of critical minerals…. I don’t want to give that money and those assets to Putin to share with China.” The Washington Post has reported that “Ukraine harbors some of the world’s largest reserves of titanium and iron ore, fields of untapped lithium, and massive deposits of coal.” These resources are immensely valuable, and NATO’s leadership is determined to keep them out of Moscow’s and Beijing’s hands.

Missile Systems in Europe: Defensive or Offensive?

In 2016, the United States put into operation an anti-ballistic-missile site in Romania. These missile launchers can accommodate nuclear-tipped offensive weapons like the Tomahawk cruise missile. “Tomahawks,” as noted by Benjamin Abelow in his book, “How the West Brought War to Ukraine,” have a range of 1,500 miles and can strike Moscow and other deep targets inside Russia. Poland now boasts a similar ABM site.

Despite American assurances that these anti-missile bases are purely defensive, they can hardly reassure the Kremlin. The missile launchers’ capability to launch offensive weapons makes them a potential threat.

The Dangerous Game of Escalation

In another aggressive move, the Trump administration in 2019 unilaterally withdrew from the 1987 Treaty on Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces. Russia proposed a moratorium on deploying short- and intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe, which Washington dismissed. This prompted concerns among European leaders. French President Emmanuel Macron questioned, “Has the absence of dialogue with Russia made the European continent any safer? I don’t think so.”

The situation becomes even more dangerous given what nuclear experts call “warhead ambiguity.” Senior Russian officers have declared that an incoming ballistic missile could be seen as a nuclear attack, prompting a nuclear retaliation.

The Proxy War in Ukraine

We are now more than two years into a proxy war with Russia, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and tighter integration of Ukraine into NATO. The West continues to push the envelope, with Ukraine using American missiles to strike Russian territory.

This summer, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, and Belgium will begin sending F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine, with no restrictions on their use to strike targets in Russia. These jets can deliver nuclear weapons, and Russia has warned that they will be considered a nuclear threat.

The Reckless Gamble of Western Leaders

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has stated that 500,000 troops are at “high readiness,” and NATO members plan to acquire thousands of air defense and artillery systems, 850 modern aircraft, and other high-end capabilities. Macron has transformed into one of Europe’s most hawkish leaders, with plans to send military instructors to Ukraine soon. At the same time, NATO is considering taking more nuclear weapons out of storage and placing them on standby.

The recklessness of Western leaders is staggering. They are betting that Vladimir Putin will never fire nuclear weapons, despite his many threats to do so and recent Russian military drills to deploy tactical nukes. The fate of humanity now hinges on the restraint and rationality of one man, Putin, who is constantly portrayed by Western media and politicians as an irrational, bloodthirsty monster.

Conclusion: The Urgent Need for De-Escalation

It is puzzling that millions of people aren’t protesting in the streets every day to demand de-escalation. “Pulling civilization from the brink” should be the watchword of every popular movement on both sides of the Atlantic. The mass media’s role in manufacturing consent has been alarmingly effective. Unless the Western public wakes up, this crisis might not end as benignly as the one in 1962.

The world is teetering on the edge of a potential nuclear conflict, and it is imperative that we recognize the gravity of the situation and demand de-escalation from our leaders. The future of humanity depends on it.


Freedom Financial News Team