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Rising threat of nuclear war is barely noticed. Corporate media likes it that way.

Rising Threat of Nuclear War Is Barely Noticed, Consortium news,    By Caitlin Johnstone   23 Apr 21,
U.S. Strategic Command, the branch of the U.S.  military responsible for America’s nuclear arsenal, tweeted the following on Tuesday:

“The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option.”

STRATCOM called it a preview of the “posture statement” it submits to U.S. Congress every year. It was a bit intense for Twitter and sparked a lot of alarmed responses. This alarm was due not to any inaccuracy in STRATCOM’s frank statement, but due to the bizarre fact that our world’s increasing risk of nuclear war barely features in mainstream discourse.

STRATCOM has been preparing not just to use its nuclear arsenal for deterrence but also to “win” a nuclear war should one arise from the (entirely U.S. -created) “conditions” which are “neither linear nor predictable.”

And it’s looking increasingly likely that one will as the prevailing orthodoxy among Western imperialists that U.S.  unipolar hegemony must be preserved at all cost rushes headlong toward America’s plunge into post-primacy.

The U.S. has been ramping up aggressions with Russia in a way that has terrified experts, and it looks likely to continue doing so. These aggressions are further complicated on increasingly tense fronts like Ukraine, which is threatening to obtain nuclear weapons if it isn’t granted membership to NATO, either of which would increase the risk of conflict. 

Aggressions against nuclear-armed China are escalating on what seems like a daily basis at this point, with potential flashpoints in the China Seas, Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, India and any number of other possible fronts………

The fact that those in charge of U.S. nuclear weapons now see both Russia and China as a major nuclear threat, and the fact that U.S. cold warriors are escalating against both of them, is horrifying.

The fact that they’re again playing with “low-yield” nukes designed to actually be used on the battlefield makes it even more so. This is to say nothing of tensions between nuclear-armed Pakistan and nuclear-armed India, between nuclear-armed Israel and its neighbors, and between nuclear-armed North Korea and the Western empire.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists has the 2021 Doomsday Clock at 100 seconds to midnight, citing the rising threat of nuclear war:……………

As I all too frequently find myself having to remind people, the primary risk here is not that anyone will choose to have a nuclear war, it’s that a nuke will be deployed amid heightening tensions as a result of miscommunication, miscalculation, misfire, or malfunction, as nearly happened many times during the last Cold War, thereby setting off everyone’s nukes as per Mutually Assured Destruction.

The more tense things get, the likelier such an event becomes. This New Cold War is happening along two fronts, with a bunch of proxy conflicts complicating things even further. There are so very many small moving parts, and it’s impossible to remain in control of all of them.

Thousands of Starter Buttons 

People like to think every nuclear-armed country has one “The Button” with which they can consciously choose to start a nuclear war after careful deliberation, but it doesn’t work that way.

There are thousands of people in the world controlling different parts of different nuclear arsenals who could independently initiate a nuclear war. Thousands of “The Buttons.” It only takes one. The arrogance of believing anyone can control such a conflict safely, for years, is astounding.

2014 report published in the journal Earth’s Future found that it would only take the detonation of 100 nuclear warheads to throw 5 teragrams of black soot into the Earth’s stratosphere for decades, blocking out the sun and making the photosynthesis of plants impossible. This could easily starve every terrestrial organism to death that didn’t die of radiation or climate chaos first. China has hundreds of nuclear weapons; Russia and the United States have thousands.

This should be the main thing everyone talks about. There is literally no more urgent matter on earth than the looming possibility that everyone might die in a nuclear war.

But people don’t see it.

On a recent Tucker Carlson Tonight” appearance, former Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard did a solid job describing the horrors of nuclear war and the very real possibility that it could be inflicted upon the U.S. due to America’s insane brinkmanship with Russia. She spoke earnestly about how “such a war would come at a cost beyond anything we can really imagine,” painting an entirely accurate picture of “hundreds of millions of people dying and suffering, seeing their flesh being burned from their bones.”

Gabbard is correct, and was right to give such a confrontational account of what we are looking at right now. But if you read the replies to Gabbard’s tweet in which she shared a clip from the interview, you’ll see a deluge of commenters accusing her of “hyperbole,” saying she’s being soft on Russian President Vladimir Putin and admonishing her for appearing on Tucker Carlson. It’s like they can’t even hear what she’s saying, how real it is, how significant it is.

Normalcy Bias & Media Malpractice

 People’s failure to wrap their minds around this issue is a testament to the power of normalcy bias, a cognitive glitch which causes the U.S. to assume that because something bad hasn’t happened in the past, it won’t happen in the future.  We survived the last Cold War by the skin of our teeth, entirely by sheer, dumb luck; the only reason people are around to bleat “hyperbole” is because we got lucky. There’s no reason to believe we’ll get lucky in this New Cold War environment; only normalcy bias says we will. Believing we’ll survive this Cold War just because we survived the last one is as sane as believing Russian roulette is safe because the guy passing you the gun didn’t die.

It’s also a testament to the power of plain old psychological compartmentalization. People can’t handle the idea of everything ending, of everyone they know and love dying, of watching their loved ones die in flames or from radiation poisoning right in front of them, all because someone made a mistake at the wrong time after a bunch of imperialists decided that U.S.  planetary domination was worth putting every terrestrial organism at risk.

But mostly it’s testament to the ubiquitous malpractice of the Western media. It’s inconvenient to the agendas of the imperial war machine to have people protesting these insane Cold War games of nuclear brinkmanship, so their media stenographers barely touch on this issue. If mainstream journalism actually existed, this flirtation with nuclear war would be front and center in everyone’s awareness and people would be flooding the streets in protest against their lives being toyed with as casino chips in an insane all-or-nothing gamble.

This is so much bigger than any of the petty little things we spend our mental energy on from day to day……….The rising threat of nuclear war is the most urgent matter in the world and it’s absolute madness that we’re not talking about it all the time.
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April 24, 2021 - Posted by | media, USA, weapons and war

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  1. And yet the trmptards were trying to.start a war w china russia and iran. Biden is a weasel. Fascist light. established the nazis in ukraine to terrorize russians the world under obama. What strange times we live in. Darned if u do and darned if u don’t.. the Ukraine is dangerously closed to a nuclear disaster as I write this. They have probably already had before disasters that are undocumented there have been nuclear waste buyers on above ground nuclear waste canisters. They’re all reactors run farm Uranium and plutonium mixed. Now the us is using the racist nazis in ukraine to terrorize donbass and russia. I know tucker carlson don’t care he is a rich kid empty suit trump hitler lover.

    In response to the gloomy employment prospects, societal fragmentation, and looming environmental catastrophe that young people find themselves in amid 21st century capitalism, in the last several years a meme character has appeared called The Doomer. A beanie-wearing version of the popular meme character Wojak, The Doomer is meant to encapsulate the experience of living with a sense of hopelessness towards the present and the future. Videos about the character often depict him getting screwed over in various ways by an uncaring capitalist order, sometimes deliberately in the same vein as the suffering of Arthur Fleck from Joker. And there are two locations that The Doomer most seems to be framed as living within: the United States and eastern Europe.

    Among the younger inhabitants of late-stage capitalism that the character is supposed to represent, there’s certainly a kinship between those within the U.S. and those within the former communist bloc. As we in the core of global imperialism experience the growing poverty, corruption, and dysfunctionality of an empire that’s turned to neoliberal austerity in its time of crisis. The social bonds and economic security which existed in these countries with social nets have been gutted, and replaced by a neoliberal kleptocracy where the working class gets left behind during crises like the pandemic.

    It’s in this state of societal deterioration, of economic and social crises without end, that a noxious upwelling of white nationalism has appeared to the benefit of U.S./NATO imperialism. The seeds for the pipeline of modern Nazism that’s aiding NATO’s anti-Russian proxy war in Ukraine were laid with the very implementation of neoliberalism. As Henry Giroux has assessed about the characteristics neoliberalism shares with fascism:

    Not only has neoliberalism undermined the basic elements of democracy by escalating the mutually reinforcing dynamics of economic inequality and political inequality”–“-accentuating the downhill spiral of social and economic mobility”–“-it has also created conditions that make fascist ideas and principles more attractive. Under these accelerated circumstances, neoliberalism and fascism conjoin and advance in a comfortable and mutually compatible movement that connects the worst excesses of capitalism with authoritarian “strongman” ideals”–“-the veneration of war, a hatred of reason and truth; a celebration of ultra-nationalism and racial purity; the suppression of freedom and dissent; a culture that promotes lies, spectacles, scapegoating the other, a deteriorating discourse, brutal violence, and, ultimately, the eruption of state violence in heterogeneous forms.

    This is the world that The Doomer inhabits: an ever-worsening setup of corruption and dishonesty where one is encouraged to become either a nihilist, or a warrior for bigoted nationalistic ideals. And a lot of the men who fit the Doomer archetype, both in the U.S. and in the former Eastern Bloc area where war is afoot, are embracing the latter role. As Buzzfeed’s Christopher Miller wrote last week about the American Nazi Craig Lang:

    Experts on extremism have been following, with growing concern, the activities of mostly young far-right extremists with military backgrounds who seek out foreign wars to gain fighting experience. They’ve seen how these soldiers-for-hire get radicalized and then carry home what they learned in troubled, distant lands like Ukraine. The country has emerged as an important hub in the transnational white supremacy extremism network. Far-right extremists see the war zone there as a laboratory where they can gain actual combat experience to bring back home. For a time, Lang thrived in this murky world of violence, but an examination of his life and the crimes he is accused of committing provide a stark example of the impact of one American’s radicalization.

    Lang’s story parallels that of many of the other white men in America who’ve lately been turning to violence in response to rage against modern society. For Lang, all it took were a war injury and marital problems for him to seek out a life of senseless violence, beginning with an attempt to murder his wife using his military equipment. And seeing the sentiments that the other recruits in Ukraine’s Nazi war use to justify their genocidal ideology, Lang’s fellow modern fascist warriors share his urge to lash out against a world that they feel deserves brutal retribution.

    “These guys project their fantasies onto the war in Ukraine,” assesses Kacper Rekawek, a researcher who’s authored a 2020 report on the right-wing fighters in Ukraine. “They say, ‘We went there because we thought we could live our lives the way we want to.’ They’re like ISIS in that way.” In other words, when the Obama administration (obviously with the help of our current president) installed a Nazi regime in Ukraine in 2014 to score a cold war point against Russia, it provided an organized and highly attractive outlet for people like the man who committed New Zealand’s Christchurch shooting. Thanks to the coup-making team that’s still driving U.S. foreign policy, for these last seven years the internet’s radicalized “identitarians” have had a different option than simply being lone wolves who shoot up a public space. Now they can join a militia, sanctioned by the Ukrainian state and by its NATO puppeteers, that’s tasked with ethnically cleansing Russian-speaking peoples, Jews, and Romanis while persecuting feminists and Ukraine’s LGBT community.

    This global pipeline of Nazi terror threatens not just these groups within eastern Europe, but the entire world. Nuclear tensions between the superpowers have returned as a consequence of Washington’s escalations in the Ukraine proxy war, and the escalations grow by the day as the coupists in the White House drive their anti-Russian military buildup agenda forward. As Oliver Boyd-Barrett of MintPressnewswrote this week:

    In as many months as Biden has held the presidency the U.S. has shipped three consignments of arms to Ukraine, adding to the $2 billion of security assistance the U.S. has extended to Ukraine since 2014. The U.S. has deployed nuclear-capable B-1 bombers to Norway for the first time in NATO’s history. This year’s NATO war exercises include U.S.-led Rapid Trident and Sea Breeze, British-Ukrainian Cossack Mace and Warrior Watcher, Romanian-Ukrainian Riverine, and Polish-Ukrainian Three Swords and Silver Sabre. A dangerous new joker in the pack is Turkey, relatively fresh from assisting Azerbaijan’s 2020 victory against Armenia in the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, now participating in NATO-Ukrainian military exercises against Russia. This move threatens escalation of tensions between Moscow and Ankara”mad pursuit of idiotic objectives is de rigueur machismo among adherents to neoconservative ideology at the service of corporate and plutocratic power, much as it is for the politics of resistance to meaningful solutions to climate change.

    These Nazi fighters are helping put humanity at greater risk of self-inflicted apocalypse. And all over what? If the typical stories of former online-radicalized Nazis are a good representation, over a desire to find fulfillment in a bleak world that’s systematically drained these people’s capacity for decency and empathy. One young man has described having been a college dropout looking for self-help who stumbled upon the white supremacist YouTuber Stefan Molyneux, and who then became radicalized into the far-right. Another has described going through a similar process of racist YouTube indoctrination after negative family experiences and related political disillusionment. These are the kinds of benign, less than ideal coming-of-age stories that can so easily end with someone embracing an ideology that in their right mind they would be deeply ashamed to associate with; in his video on his radicalization experience, the former young man breaks into tears while stating reflectively about the Christchurch shooter: “he was memeing the whole time!”

    The Doomer meme, which started on the infamous fascist social network 4Chan, represents the blank slate of disillusionment that young men under late-stage capitalism find themselves embodying. The goal of the fascists leading NATO’s war against Russia is to take these sad men, and turn them into brainwashed soldiers for the causes of imperialist destabilization and mass extermination. The system wants the people living under it to embrace nihilism, impotent rage, and a scapegoating of the vulnerable. And the men who’ve fallen down the Nazi pipeline are fulfilling this role perfectly.

    Maup university in the Ukraine, is where neonazi and kkk grand dragon, David Duke,  got his PhD in Racist, and racial studies. They hate black people too. I think zionism suks but, these nazis do really not care, otherwise they would not promote trump . 911 is a hot button issue for these criminals. It is a smoke screen to promote racism, and hate of most people on earth. Que lostima.como estupido and evil
    Watch “N/S Part 03: MAUP, an Antisemitic University in Ukraine” on YouTube

    They do not care about nuclear
    Like the fascists in merica that over ran the capital. The trump death cult.

    Comment by Anonymous | April 24, 2021 | Reply

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