Tensions between the US and Russia edged closer to possible war Mon., Oct. 3 as Washington cut off dialogue over the Syria military quagmire and Moscow cancelled a pact to dispose of nuclear-weapons-grade plutonium.
The belligerent measures are just the most recent in growing threats between the two powers in a new Cold War. The most serious involves rebuilding of nuclear arsenals.
We traced this nuclear buildup last year in our CFR column “Nukebuild: This Will Not End Well”. We stressed how the U.S. is involved in a 30-year, $1 trillion rebuilding of its nuclear arsenal. Both China and Russia have responded to that, China by issuing a specific military plan, including noting it was adding to its nuclear defense effort.
Russian President Vladimir Putin last year announced a smaller modernizing of Moscow’s nuclear arms. Not a lot. Just enough to incinerate and/or poison the planet:
Mr Putin said that “more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) able to overcome even the most technically advanced anti-missile defence systems” would be added to Russia’s nuclear arsenal this year…
…The president also announced that the military was beginning testing a new system of long-range early warning radar “to monitor in the western direction”.
After Mr Putin’s address, Russia’s deputy defence minister Anatoly Antonov told Russia Today his country was being “pushed into an arms race” by NATO.
On Monday, Putin returned to the NATO issue, as well as US/EU sanctions against Russia. According to the UK’s The Telegraph newspaper:
Putin froze The Plutonium Management and Disposition Agreement (PDMA) because of “a drastic change in circumstances, the appearance of a threat to strategic stability due to unfriendly actions of the United States toward Russia”…
… A draft law later published on the site of the lower house of the Russian parliament said Russia would only reinstate the deal if the US drops all sanctions, pays compensation for the damage they have caused, and reduces its military infrastructure and man power in Nato countries that joined the alliance after 2000 to the same levels as when the deal was signed.
U.S. still wants to control Eurasia
President Obama recently agreed to place THAAD defense missiles in South Korea, stating it was an effort to protect an American ally from North Korea’s growing nuclear threat. But both Russia and China see the missiles as an aggressive threat against their countries — a continuing of Washington’s control-Eurasia effort.
The China Connection
If Washington and Moscow keep escalating toward war, it’s difficult to see how Beijing can stay out of it. Russia and China have become bound by a number of agreements, the biggest being energy: Moscow has pacts to supply large amounts of both oil and natural gas to China, who is trying to wean itself off coal as well as increase dependence on sustainable sources such as solar and wind power. Russia also has agreed to supply vital water to areas where China needs it.
The two countries, in response to the US efforts to control the East and South China seas, have also begun joint practice military maneuvers there.
Paul Craig Roberts was an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, and was part of the brain trust in forming Reaganomics. He predicted these growing U.S.-Russia-China problems last year in a speech to the Conference on the European/Russian Crisis, in Delphi, Greece.
Noting that “The agenda of American hegemony serves the interests of Wall Street and the mega-banks,” Roberts closed his remarks by stating:
We come to the bottom line. Washington’s position is not negotiable. Washington has no interest in compromising with Russia or China. Washington has no interest in any facts. Washington’s deal is this: “You can be part of our world order as our vassals, but not otherwise.”
European governments and, of course, the lapdog UK government, are complicit in this implicit declaration of war against Russia and China. If it comes to war, Europeans will pay the ultimate price for the treason of their leaders, such as Merkel, Cameron, and Hollande, as Europe will cease to exist.
War with Russia and China is beyond Washington’s capability. However, if the demonized “enemy” does not succumb to the pressure and accept Washington’s leadership, war can be inevitable.
How can you stop this growing escalation? You’ll need to get organized, educated and active and demand your Congressional delegation do a turnabout from endless war to honestly negotiating for peace. You might also actively get their views on this before you vote for or against them in November.