28 Feb '15, 11am

#Ukraine and the Cuban missile crisis - we must choose peace over annihilation! The Ecologist

#Ukraine and the Cuban missile crisis - we must choose peace over annihilation! The Ecologist

Despite the implosion of the Soviet Union and the attempts to cut back on nuclear weapons, Russia and the United States remain parallel nuclear powers with each having the capacity to destroy the other - and probably the whole world. Hundreds if not thousands of our weapons apparently remain on 'hair trigger alert'. I assume that theirs are similarly poised. Both Russia and the United States are governed by men who are unlikely to be able to accept humiliation - and almost certain murder by 'super patriots' in their own entourages - and would be forced to act even at the cost of massive destruction to their countries. So pressing the leadership of the opponent in this direction is literally playing with fire. As President Kennedy and the rest of us understood in the 1962 crisis, even if leaders want to avoid conflict, at a certain point in their mutual threats, events repl...

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