Corporate media is fanning the flames of World War III by reporting Washington’s propagandistic lies without examining the statements. These lies endanger human life on planet Earth.
Past American presidents worked to reduce tensions between the two major nuclear super-powers. Kennedy worked with Khrushchev to undo the danger of putting US missiles in Turkey and the placement of Russian missiles in Cuba as a response.
Nixon signed SALT I, the strategic arms limitation treaty, and the ABM Treaty. Carter signed SALT II. Reagan worked with Gorbachev to end the Cold War.
And then we come to our current situation wherein the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama presidency have undone the progress and increased the tensions.
Clinton reneged on the Reagan - Gorbachev agreement by taking NATO to Russia’s borders revealing the dishonesty of the government of the United States.
George W. Bush regime pulled the US out of the ABM Treaty which transformed nuclear weapons from retaliatory weapons to first strike status.
Obama intends to place nuclear missiles on Russia’s borders in Poland and Romania. He also plotted a coup in Ukraine.
Clinton likens Putin to Hitler and speaks endlessly of 'Russian aggression'. In her many years in the public eye, she has never seen a war she didn't like.
In truth, it it the United States that is the aggressor and the evidence is all around the globe.
Having looked into the abyss during the 1962 Cuban crisis, Americans and Russians endeavored to lower tension between them through treaties, exchange of information, regular high level contacts, etc. George W. Bush shook up this growing trust by withdrawing from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty unilaterally. NATO's enlargement, in violation of an American commitment, further knocked it down, greatly worrying the Russians. The building of missile bases in Eastern Europe is the last straw that breaks the camel's back. The trust is gone. Knowing the United States' strategy may lead to nuclear confrontation, Russians are at a loss to understand what the Americans are up to.
Russia is no threat to the United States. The American strategy is irresponsible, tantamount to Russia installing missile bases in Mexico. Tension is on the rise and with it the risk of an unexpected nuclear war. In his book, "My journey at the Nuclear Brink", William Perry, former U.S. defense secretary, warns his compatriots (and the world) of the danger. In his opinion, only by chance did the world avoid a nuclear confrontation during the Cold War -- at the time both the United States and Russia were taking steps to reduce tension. In a tense environment, the risk is magnified.
Even if one disregards the risk, the likelihood of a nuclear confrontation remains. The United States' policy aims at isolating Russia, economically, militarily and politically. To counter this policy, Russia has three traditional allies: Germany, India and China. Germany is an American vassal state. It cannot be counted on. India conducts naval exercises with the United States since 2012. It signed a Ten Year Defense Framework Agreement with the United States in 2015 and The US-India Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region this year. It will not come to Russia's defense. China's economic future is irrevocably linked to the West. Coming to Russia's rescue would endanger this relationship. Russia is quarantined. As time goes on, the pain on the Russian population will grow. At one point, it will become intolerable.
Vladimir Putin will be confronted with a choice: submit or respond. If he gives in, Russia becomes a vassal state. If he does not, he will react with the only mean at his disposal: nuclear missiles. In his October conference, he gave reporters an inkling of his likely response: "the world is being pulled in an irreversible direction". Sensing he was not heard, he repeated the message in Saint Petersburg on June 17th, telling them: "You people" do not have a sense of the impending danger." Weary, he added: "I don't know how to get through to you anymore".
Putin will not submit. Why not listen to him?