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US-Russia Tensions …

… Now More Dangerous than During the Cold War

by Washingtons Blog (October 12 2016)

Germany’s Foreign Minister – Frank-Walter Steinmeier – wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia is worse than during the Cold War:


It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous. {1}


The head of Britain’s intelligence service, MI6 – Sir John Sawyers – agreed yesterday:


We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as the cold war because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington {2}.


This is even more dramatic when you realize that the US and Soviets came within seconds of all-out nuclear war on numerous occasions during the Cold War. And only the courage of US and Soviet individuals to say no {3} when their superiors told them to fire nuclear weapons – in the face of mistaken readings – saved the planet from nuclear war {4}.

And many experts warn {5}that we’re drifting towards nuclear war today {6}.   Indeed, former US Secretary of Defense William Perry said in February:


The likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War {7}.


Postscript: The American government and mainstream media cast all of the blame on Russia. But many top US diplomats and intelligence officials disagree {8}. And see {9}.


{1} http://www.dw.com/en/steinmeier-warns-of-deteriorating-world-order/a-35996424

{2} http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/russia-cold-war-sir-john-sawers-warns-syria-washington-moscow-a7357421.html

{3} http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/02/man-youve-never-heard-saved-life.html

{4} http://www.history.com/news/history-lists/5-cold-war-close-calls

{5} http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2016/02/experts-invasion-syria-lead-nuclear-war.html

{6} http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/01/top-russian-american-polish-leaders-warn-continued-fighting-ukraine-lead-nuclear-war.html

{7} http://cisac.fsi.stanford.edu/news/william-perry-warns-nuclear-dangers-drell-lecture

{8} http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/09/former-u-s-ambassador-ussr-u-s-nato-provoking-ukrainian-crisis.html

{9} http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/08/u-s-defense-intelligence-agency-head-it-was-a-willful-decision-by-america-to-support-an-insurgency-that-had-salafists-al-qaeda-and-the-muslim-brotherhood.html


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