Here we go again, the United States vs. Russia, with visions of Nikita Khrushchev banging his shoe on a desk at the UN, while the world awaited nuclear annihilation.
Because a nuclear exchange is unthinkable, we are now gearing up for a conventional confrontation with the Russians? Oh, humanity! They say it is being done to “deter Russian expansionism?” Why? Because that’s the way we did it in the 1950’s and 60’s? When did “peace” become a dirty word?
Why not try talking? Remember when some genius decided it would be a good idea to put in a “hot line” between the Kremlin and the White House? Is diplomacy dead or is there simply too much profit (both political and financial) in warfare, to make peace a viable option? Is peace a priority for anyone, anymore? Or have we become so conditioned to our own military expansionism, that we simply accept it as being the best alternative available without considering the profits involved and the Pentagon’s interest in promoting what it does best, making war, while condemning anyone who opposes their point of view as being dangerously naive.
Is the idea of peace still an option or is America becoming some new form of Spartan/Roman ideal, with military outposts in every land and a general acceptance of perpetual warfare? In the 60’s we revered the philosophy of Kwai Chang Caine and John Lennon. It felt like we had a chance. Now we salivate over “Game of Thrones, cage fighting and the real-life humiliation of dumbed down reality tv. It feels like our chance has slipped away.
The situation in Ukraine, is complicated. Political, ethnic and economic forces are all pulling at one-another, irritated further by the the machismo of leaders like Vladimir Putin, who has been known to run around shirtless flexing his muscles. He’s perfect bait for American political hawks, who tend to see complex geopolitical problems in simple black and white text of the 1950’s.
Mr. Obama, may not be naked and flexing in public but one wonders how the United States would react to a potentially hostile nation placing heavy military equipment on our border with Canada. Not very well, probably. Not very well at all.
If the hotline is no longer working maybe Obama can get his hands on Putin’s cellphone number – or we can continue repeating the mistakes of the past.
Add: The day after this was posted Russia announced that it was beefing up its nuclear arsenal in response to the U.S. sending heavy military equipment to NATO states along the Russian border.