The notion of a war with a nuclear superpower should immediately give one pause, and a rational government would likely think twice before blithely declaring that it is gearing up for a new armed conflict with a nation that has more nuclear warheads than any other nation on earth.
Sadly, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, likely with the backing of Western leaders, has unthinkingly declared that NATO is gearing up for a new armed conflict in Russia if talks fail, while at the same time clearly stating that he refuses to concede on a key Russian demand; that is, that NATO stops its eastward expansion and definitively tell Ukraine and Georgia that promises of joining NATO someday won’t be coming true.
Stoltenberg has also threatened to impose economic, financial and political sanctions on Russia if they decide to use military force in Ukraine.
Talks between the United States and Russia are meant to calm the situation; however, as of January 10, such talks have been entirely unsuccessful, as the only thing the two sides can agree on is that they will keep talking to each other.
U.S. President Biden’s Undersecretary of State, Wendy Sherman, has shown little goodwill to her counterpart, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, publicly doubting Russia’s commitment to negotiate while declaring along with Stoltenberg that the United States will not reconsider expanding NATO to include nations on Russia’s border.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was likewise pessimistic, noting bluntly that Russia cannot back away from its demand that NATO stop expanding up to its doorstep and that, until such a guarantee is made, “work on other aspects [of a deal] will be under question”.
To make matters worse, the United States is currently inciting unrest in Kazakhstan, another nation on Russia’s borders, in order to depose the nation’s pro-Russian leader.
Russia almost immediately sent troops into the country even though the West warned it not to, making it clear that it has no intention of bowing to Western demands or putting up with more regime change efforts on its borders.
The result of a war between Russia and Europe would be too horrific to contemplate.
Russia has over 6,200 nuclear warheads.
France has close to 300 while the UK has 225.
China, which has 350 nuclear warheads and impressive military capabilities, would likely join the war on Russia’s side, if for no other reason than to prevent NATO from gaining too much power.
The United States, which is an integral part of NATO and would almost certainly come to Europe’s aid in the event of a war, has 5,500 warheads and these are controlled by a president who is known for having a volcanic temper and who regularly throws profanity-laced tantrums when aides do something he doesn’t like.
What’s more, nuclear war may not be the only or even the worst of it.
In the midst of the unrest in Kazakhstan, a US-funded “military biological laboratory” was briefly seized by rioters, according to Russian media outlets.
The lab supposedly does not make biological weapons, but the fact that it is funded by the United States defense department should alarm anyone who is concerned about their health and well-being.
Ukraine, oddly enough, also has biological laboratories, which are under the full control of the Pentagon.
Should a war start, one or both sides could either deliberately or inadvertently release bioweapons that could cause untold damage worldwide.
NATO is a military organization; as such, it’s not surprising that it would declare itself prepared for armed conflict.
However, the truth is that no-one is (or should be) prepared to start a war that could easily turn into World War III and involve not only nuclear weapons, but also biological ones.
Sadly, there is a very real chance that saner heads won’t prevail.
The United States and NATO seem eager to put Russia in its place, and Russia simply cannot allow unlimited NATO expansion to threaten its very existence, nor can it turn a blind eye to “color revolutions” on its doorstep.