In September 2015 President Putin made a speech to the UN General Assembly. It was the first time he had done so in ten years. Putin’s speech was quite extraordinary. He suggested that Russia would no longer tolerate American hegemony – ie, Uncle Sam stomping around the world like a demented Frankenstein – and with regard to Syria he asked the assembled stoney-faced western delegates: “what have you done?!” By this time it was well-known that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were funding and arming ISIS. Now Putin hinted that the West was also helping ISIS. Shortly after Putin made that speech the Russians intervened in Syria.
In early February of this year the USA announced its new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR). Amongst other things the new NPR lists non-nuclear attacks that could constitute grounds for US nuclear retaliation. Under the new NPR, a conventional attack which results in mass casualties (9/11, anyone) or targets key infrastructure could trigger a nuclear response. This is on top of the USA’s long standing first strike policy and a massive build-up of US nuclear forces which was started by President Obama.
This week we’ve had the Russian response to the USA’s new NPR, when President Putin gave a speech at the Valdai International Discussion Club. There’s been much comment about this speech, so I won’t go into it too much in this post (you can find a good round-up of the speech here). I’ll just say that Putin once again stated that Russia will no longer tolerate American hegemony, and then surprisingly he listed some of the new weapons that Russia has developed:
Speaking in a nationally televised address to the country’s political elite weeks before the presidential election, Putin showed video and animations of ICBMs, nuclear-powered cruise missiles, underwater drones and other weapons that he said Russia had developed as a result of the US pulling out of the 1972 anti-ballistic missile treaty signed with the Soviet Union.
Putin was claiming that the Russian military is now far superior to the American military (which is probably true, because the American military is effectively privatised and is a complete rip-off of tax payers). This could be construed as a final warning, but will Uncle Sam & Co listen? In a previous post I was banging on about the Russophobia that is sweeping the West. The abysmal level of intellect and rationality displayed by most western politicians and the Media is quite breathtaking. They’re like children, children on drugs. The exemplifier of this is the Lunatic-in-Chief: Trump asked three times in an hour briefing, “Why can’t we use nuclear weapons?… If we have them, why can’t we use them?”
During that UN speech in 2015, Putin said that war between the industrialised nations is now unthinkable. He’s right there: there’s now more than 400 nuclear power plants in the world, and a plethora of oil refineries, chemical plants and the like. Even a ‘limited nuclear exchange’ (if such a thing is possible) would destroy much of this infrastructure. The planet would be poisoned beyond repair. The children don’t seem to get this, though.
The above song is from a much earlier post I made called It’s the end of the world as we know it, a jolly post about end of the world songs.