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Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a warning. As the New York Timesdescribed it: “If the United States deploys new intermediate-range missiles in Europe after withdrawing from a nuclear treaty prohibiting these weapons, European nations will be at risk of ‘a possible counterstrike.’” It was the sort of threat that, in the previous century, would have raised the level of everyday nuclear fears in this society, too. I remember them well — from the “duck-and-cover” experiences of schoolchildren huddling under desks that were somehow to protect them from nuclear annihilation to the vivid nightmares of my teen years. (Yes, in a dream at least, I saw and felt an atomic blast.) This was the world of the Cold War in which I grew up.

I’ve always believed that the last of such Cold War nuclear fears manifested themselves on September 11, 2001, when those towers in lower Manhattan collapsed amid a horrifying cloud of smoke and ash — and the place where it all happened was promptly christened Ground Zero, a term previously reserved for the spot where a nuclear blast had gone off. Somehow, on that day, something was called back to life from those Cold War years in which newspapers regularly drew imagined concentric circles of atomic destruction from fantasy Ground Zeros in American cities, while magazines offered visions of our country as a vaporized wasteland. In the chaos and destruction of that moment, there was perhaps a subliminal feeling that the U.S., the first country to use an atomic weapon, had finally experienced some kind of payback. As Tom Brokaw, chairing NBC’s nonstop news coverage, said that day, it looked “like a nuclear winter in lower Manhattan.”

In Donald Trump’s upside-down world, the trek of a few thousand desperate migrants, some carrying tiny children or even babies, across thousands of miles of Honduras, Guatemala, and now Mexico is treated as if it were potentially a major invasion of (if not a nuclear attack on) the United States. As the president dispatches the U.S. military to the border, claims that ISIS-like Middle Easterners lurk in that caravan, and blames the Democrats for it all, who has time to think about an actual catastrophe?

Fortunately, TomDispatch regular Michael Klare does and he has news for us. As the U.S. prepares to withdraw from a classic Cold War nuclear treaty, it’s time to start ramping up those fears again. After all, we’re now in a new world of expanding global rivalries and potential madness in which impoverished migrants from Honduras are the least of our problems.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Nuclear War, Russia 
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  1. Precious says:

    the trek of a few thousand desperate migrants, some carrying tiny children or even babies, across thousands of miles of Honduras, Guatemala, and now Mexico is treated as if it were potentially a major invasion of … the United States.

    That is exactly what it is. And unless and until one of these invasions is stopped in its tracks, the invasions will continue.

    America is for Americans. The invaders have to go back.

    • Replies: @Begemot
  2. JLK says:

    I suspect that the present situation is more unstable than the Cold War, and the weapons available more diverse and deadly.

  3. Begemot says:
    @Precious

    America is for Americans. The invaders have to go back.

    North Americans, Central Americans, South Americans, technically all are Americans. Curious that it is only the citizens of the United States of America who consider themselves exclusively entitled to the term ‘Americans’.

    “The invaders have to go back.” I suspect the native peoples of the Americas shared similar feelings about the Europeans who came and subjected and expelled them from their lands. What goes around, comes around?

    • Replies: @Precious
  4. “What goes around, comes around?”

    An immigration policy as revenge against the majority.
    How appealing.

  5. Anonymous [AKA "con"] says:

    Hey Klare, how’d you spend all the money from the peak oil bullshit you peddled around a while back? Seems you should give some back since there’s still plenty of oil yet to be extracted from the planet.

    You were a con then, and its good to see you’re still at it since your well-timed captain obvious claims are stuff anyone can predict.

    And Tom, will you be a legal guardian to the invaders and turn your home into a caravansari for the mobs of Central American people seeking to invade the USA as they chuck gas bombs and shoot at cops?

    People like you are yet one more reason Americans are leaving the increasingly insane and very violent left leaning political parties and putting down with Republicans. Most Americans do not want anarchy and what the mob of migrants moving through Mexico offer is only anarchy.

    The mobs moving north are not refugees. They have no right to invade our borders and I sure as hell don’t want them moving into my neighborhood. On the other hand, Obama and Hillary, following a long tradition of lapdog politicos for the see eye a coups in the the Southerner American’s pretty much destroyed Hondura’s. Why don’t you complain about them and what they did to Honduras?

    Here’s a new angle for you to investigate, why don’t you crusade to expose the employers who hire migrants and illegals. The one’s like Tyson Foods that got caught importing illegal workers into the United States and then were pardoned by Willy Clinton? Forgot about that one, eh?

    https://www.chron.com/business/article/Tyson-Foods-charged-with-smuggling-illegal-workers-2071829.php

  6. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    Another annoying aspect of these TomDispatch pieces is having to read Mr. Engelhardt’s teaser, and then click on the article, which then has a separate comment thread. Where I already posted this:

    *******

    Note the disproportionate blaming of President Trump for the longstanding arrogance of Uncle Sam.

    I’ve commented before that articles sourced from TomDispatch sound like NPR. The linked source in this:

    “As Americans have discovered to our horror, Russian government agents exploited the Internet’s many vulnerabilities to interfere in the 2016 presidential election …”

    is, indeed, an NPR piece … from … December 2016.

  7. Precious says:
    @Begemot

    North Americans, Central Americans, South Americans, technically all are Americans. Curious that it is only the citizens of the United States of America who consider themselves exclusively entitled to the term ‘Americans’.

    FYI, being pedantic is not an argument.

    “The invaders have to go back.” I suspect the native peoples of the Americas shared similar feelings about the Europeans who came and subjected and expelled them from their lands.

    Exactly, thanks for showing why my position is moral and just. The colonists who formed America 2.0 massacred and exiled the Americans of America 1.0. The same thing will happen to Americans today unless we stop the invasions and send the invaders back. Immigration is invasion, and invasion is war.

  8. Just ask yourself Precious : “What exactly has happened in Honduras to create this wave of migration?”

    • Replies: @Precious
  9. Precious says:
    @windjammer

    Just ask yourself Precious : “What exactly has happened in Honduras to create this wave of migration?”

    Would you be referring to the video-documented payments made to the migrants to make the journey, the fleet of vehicles procured to transport the migrants across Mexico to maintain a pace beyond that of elite infantry on foot, or the promise they have received of tribute once they arrive in the United States?

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