JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: IS NOW A GOOD TIME TO NUKE RUSSIA? IDIOT COMMENTS FROM AN AMERICAN ON THE MATTER – EXPLANATION OF AMERICA’S CHANGING ATTITUDES – ISRAEL TOO – DANGEROUS TIMES AHEAD   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE IN RUSSIA INSIDER

The quote from Ezra Kaplan reflects a kind of loose-lipped non-think now common in the United States, almost making a joke of mass-murder.

There was a time when most Americans regarded nuclear war as unthinkable.

But the public culture does seem to have changed, and I believe there are two key influences at work in changing it, and they are to a considerable extent interrelated.

First, is a growing sense of the relative decline of America is world affairs. This is something it is not easy for the average American to accept, raised as they were in the faith that America was king of all that it surveyed.

Yes, it has fearsome forces all over the world still, but, day by day, more countries reach a level where they can challenge America’s bullying, and this is a phenomenon that will only continue as countries like the BRICS start reaching their full potential.

A world with a state behaving as an international bully is even more dangerous than an individual state run by a tyrant. A multi-polar world is the only structure to safeguard the future until the likely remote time that forms of proper international law and governance can evolve.

I think there is also a perception in America’s establishment that it only has a limited time to use its current strength to re-inforce its geo-political domination before the relative decline becomes more apparent.

Thus, we have events like the coup in Ukraine and the reckless advance of NATO forces in Eastern Europe as well as America’s dangerous moves in the South China Sea. America’s new military doctrine, sanctifying its right to invade any country but an ally, is the ultimate official document supporting the establishment’s fears. It is, in effect, a startling rejection of the Nuremberg Trials and of international laws and accords.

Second is the genuinely pernicious influence of Israel’s government on public opinion in the US. Does a day pass that Netanyahu does not threaten someone, rage about something, demand something, or actually attack someone, generally killing many civilians, all the while claiming he stands for human values and democracy?

His outrages are not criticised from the US and its sadly obsequious partner, the EU, so that over time people begin to think of such behavior as in some way normal.

The two causes are related in that Israel has a special purpose in American geo-political thinking and enjoys an almost untouchable position in the US press, almost no matter how savagely it acts: Israel serves as an American quasi-colony in the Middle East.

That relationship too faces serious problems in the future with the relative decline of America and the general failure of Israel to become a self-sustaining entity. Israel is simply the most subsidized place on the planet and maintains a military-intelligence structure that is tremendously costly and out of all proportion to its economy, and that is not something which can go on indefinitely.

Israel, too, is keen to secure its dominance before it faces serious readjustments in its arrangements. This propels it do very dangerous acts with little regard for its neighbors.

So I do think there are very dangerous times ahead, perhaps the next couple of decades, and it is a good thing Russia has seriously re-invigorated its deterrent. It is important to the entire world that America’s growing paranoia and uncertainty do not tempt to act as Israel does in its sphere.

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