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U.S.-and-allied ‘news’-media and think tanks are constantly using the phrase (or equivalents) “Putin’s threat to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine”, as-if Russia’s democratically elected President Vladimir Putin (whose job-approval-rating by his fellow-citizens is — and long has been — vastly higher than is that of America’s President) ever DID actually threaten to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
In the end, the voices calling for calm won out over their more hawkish counterparts. But the incident serves as a stark reminder that misinformation spreads fast in moments of crisis, which can result in dangerous escalation.
When they’re not arguing that World War Three is coming and we must all prepare to fight it and win, they’re arguing that a global conflict is already upon us and we must begin acting like it, as in last month’s New Yorker piece “What if We’re Already Fighting the Third World War with Russia?”
I was attacked in The Atlantic for being on the side of peace. And I confess, I'm on the side of peace. I'm very worried we are on the path of escalation to nuclear war, nothing less than that.
India joined China in refusing to honor the US sanctions regime. And India kept to its resolve despite enormous pressure including calls from Biden to Modi and a train of high level US, UK and EU officials trekking off to India to bully, threaten and otherwise attempting to intimidate India.
Russia has no problems with these states, and in this sense, the (NATO) expansion through the accession of these countries does not create an immediate threat for Russia. But the expansion of military infrastructure into this territory will certainly provoke our response.
Neocon maxim: "The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a threat to western democracy and America should be involved."
“The pumping of Ukraine by NATO countries with weapons, the training of its troops to use Western equipment, the dispatch of mercenaries and the conduct of exercises by the countries of the Alliance near our borders increase the likelihood of a direct and open conflict between NATO and Russia instead of their ‘war by proxy,'”
Cohen counters the prevalent narrative that Putin bribed and bullied Yanukovych to reject the “reckless provocation” of the EU proposal – forcing a “deeply divided country to choose between Russia and the West” (p. 17).
Lavrov also said that the inadmissibility of nuclear war is Russia's principled position.
"We've been trying to convey our concerns to the world — to Europe, to the United States — for a couple of decades, but no one would listen to us.”