Worse still, it looks as though the aggressors are American, not Russian or Chinese.
Information suggests that US Army chiefs think Russian air strikes on Syria provide enough evidence of “war crimes” for them to launch an attack – and the Russians have been building bunkers to act as shelters for the people of Moscow.
This is insanity. Nobody can win a nuclear war.
(In fact, nobody wins a conventional war – just ask the people of Aleppo.)
Barack Obama has pointed out that the Russians are in Syria legitimately, at the request of that country’s government, so there appears to be a brake on any hasty action for the time being. But he’ll be gone in January.
And there are serious concerns about the quality of the evidence we have been given, with some shocking photographs alleged to have been faked.
The best way to solve any dispute is by diplomacy. Everybody involved needs to calm down and discuss these matters reasonable. But that can be hard if some parties feel the accusations against them are unreasonable.
The US Army needs to accept that it is not the world’s police force and that it should not simply wade into other countries whenever its leaders feel they have plausible justification.
It would not only be tragic – it would be stupid if they unleashed nuclear devastation on the basis of unconvincing, possibly falsified, evidence.
Saddest of all, nobody here seems interested. The British are more concerned about the outcome of an awkward tussle between two men in suits, in Strasbourg, for example.
And what do the people of the United States think about all this? Traditionally, they are somewhat parochial in their view; if an event doesn’t happen just down the road from them, they’re not interested. Many probably don’t even know where Syria is.
Has anybody told them their country might be preparing to devastate the world over some unverified allegations and dodgy photographs?
US Army chiefs fear Russia, China or climate change could result in global instability with a war between two powerful countries “almost guaranteed”
And they say any future conflict would be “extremely lethal and fast” with a war between two powerful countries “almost guaranteed”.
Countries will increasingly rely on technology, using smart weapons and artificial intelligence.
It comes after reports this week that Russia has started preparing its citizens for a ‘nuclear war’ with the West as tensions mount over Syria.
The country’s media and officials have claimed the West wants to launch an attack on Russia because of its intervention in Syria.
Officials announced on Friday underground shelters had been built which could provide shelter for Moscow’s 12 million people in the event of an attack.
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