The Most Perilous Time in World History Got Worse
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
Events ongoing should terrify everyone – things likely heading for greater war than already.
Most Americans, Brits, and others in NATO countries are unaware of the danger posed by hardline Western extremists in charge of policymaking – notably in Washington, London and Israel, the Jewish state an alliance Mediterranean Dialogue member.
Businessman Trump was co-opted to be a warrior president – neocon generals in charge of geopolitical policies, their agenda hardened by Mike Pompeo replacing Rex Tillerson at State, along with torturer-in-chief Gina Haspel appointed new CIA director.
An unholy alliance of US extremist policymakers allied with likeminded ones in partner countries risks war winds reaching gale force, a terrifying prospect if confrontation with Russia, Iran or North Korea occurs – the possibility increased by recent events.
Earlier this week, US Defense Secretary Mattis and UN envoy Haley threatened Russia and Damascus.
Russia vowed to retaliate against US attacks on Syrian forces in East Ghouta or elsewhere endangering its personnel in the country.
Anti-Russia hysteria in Britain over the Sergey Skripal poisoning affair, most certainly Moscow had nothing to do with, soured bilateral relations more than already.
In response to British PM Theresa May demanding swift Russian answers to questions posed about the incident, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman (speaking for her government) replied sharply saying:
“One does not give 24 hours notice to a nuclear power,” adding the “Skripal poisoning was not an incident but a colossal international provocation,” adding:
Not a “single international legal mechanism (exists) to probe the Skripal case.”
Russia’s embassy in London said “Moscow will not respond to London’s ultimatum until it receives samples of the chemical substance to which the UK investigators are referring.”
“Britain must comply with the Chemical Weapons Convention which stipulates joint investigation into the incident, for which Moscow is ready.”
“Without that, there can be no sense in any statements from London. The incident appears to be yet another crooked attempt by the UK authorities to discredit Russia.”
“Any threat to take ‘punitive’ measures against Russia will meet with a response. The British side should be aware of that.”
“Not only is Russia groundlessly and provocatively accused of the Salisbury incident, but apparently, plans are being developed in the UK to strike Russia with cyber weapons.”
“Judging by the statements of the Prime Minister, such a decision can be taken at tomorrow’s meeting of the National Security Council.”
Given the gravity of the situation, the above comments by Russian diplomats were uncharacteristically strong.
Sergey Lavrov warned Washington that “(i)f a new (US) strike…takes place (against Syrian forces), the consequences will be very serious,” adding:
“I simply don’t have any normal terms left to describe all this.”
What’s coming remains to be seen. Hostile rhetoric from US and UK officials, along with hawkish extremists Pompeo in charge at State and Haspel appointed new CIA chief likely signal more war, not less.
What’s ongoing assures no possibility of improving dismal bilateral relations with Russia, China, Iran and other sovereign independent countries.
Talks with North Korea could either be scuttled or confrontational if they take place.
Given very disturbing ongoing events, the perilous state of world conditions reached a new low.
Be scared about what may follow – be very scared!
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”