U.S. and European Military and Security Experts Warn: The Insanity of Politicians Threatens Nuclear War
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Col. Richard H. Black (ret.), former head of the U.S. Army’s Criminal Law Division at the Pentagon and former Virginia State Senator
Gen. Leonardo Tricarico (ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force
Ray McGovern, Analyst, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA-ret.), founding member of the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS),
Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Founder of the Schiller Institute
May 17—While politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are saying that the war in Ukraine will go on for “a very long time” and that the aim is “to weaken Russia,” or that one does not have to worry about Russia using nuclear weapons, because Putin would “signal” such an intention ahead of time, (U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines), military and security experts are warning that the war machine is on an automatic suicide course.
Listen to these experts, who are offering insights, which you will never get from the mainstream media.
“One thing it will do is ensure that a tremendous number of innocent Ukrainian soldiers will die needlessly. A lot of Russian soldiers will die needlessly. These are kids. You know, kids go off to war. I went off to war as a kid. You think your country, right or wrong, everything they’re doing, is fine. It just, it breaks my heart, when I look at the faces of young Russian boys, who have been gunned down—in some cases very criminally by Ukrainian forces. Likewise, I see Ukrainian young men, who are being slaughtered on the battlefield....
“We don’t care! The United States and NATO, we do not care how many Ukrainians die; not civilians, not women, not children, not soldiers. We do not care. It’s become a great football game. You know, we’ve got our team. They’ve got their team, rah-rah. We want to get the biggest score and run it up. And, you know, we don’t care how many of our players get crippled on the playing field, as long as we win.
“We need to understand the gravity of what we’re doing. Perhaps if it were a matter of life and death for the United States, what happens in Ukraine would be one thing. Certainly, when the Soviet Union put missiles in Cuba that targeted the United States, that was worth taking the risk, because it was right on our border, and it threatened us. It was a battle worth fighting and a risk worth taking. The Russians are in this in exactly the mirror image of that situation, because for them, the life of Russia depends on stopping NATO from advancing further right into Ukraine, right to their borders. They cannot afford not to fight this war. They cannot afford not to win this war.
“I think that toying with this constant escalation in a war that, really—Ukraine is a place that has no significance to Americans. Ukraine is meaningless to Americans. It has no impact on our day-to-day lives. And yet we’re playing this reckless game, toying with this constant escalation in a war that risks the lives of all people in the United States and Western Europe for nothing! Just absolutely for nothing!”
Gen. Leonardo Tricarico (ret.), former Chief of Staff of the Italian Air Force, is daily raising his voice against the escalation in Ukraine driven by the EU, NATO, the U.S., and U.K. In an interview published on May 16 with the Italian website Fanpage.it, he said:
“Politicians have lost their mind; the only one who is calling for peace is the Pope, and the EU should drop the Strategic Compass and the crazy idea of winning the war in Ukraine.
“The breakup of negotiations after the so-called Bucha massacre shows that many people have lost their wisdom and some of them have lost their minds.... I am referring to those actors who could and should be the first to promote serious and structured peace negotiations, especially the United States, NATO, Poland, and the Baltic countries. They should try to address Zelensky, make him more receptive and malleable, instead they are fomenting, inciting, and arming him.”
“To help the weakest in the Ukrainian conflict is right ... but this should not be an alternative to the opening of peace negotiations. It is often thought that the two things are opposite, while instead they are absolutely compatible: Zelenskyy must be given the chance to negotiate from a dignified position. The problem is that U.S.A. and NATO are arming Ukraine to go to the end with the war, and not to be stronger in a negotiation with Moscow.”
VIPS founding member Ray McGovern is warning: “So, you don’t have to be paranoid.... Paranoia or not, the likelihood that nuclear weapons might be used if Putin “perceives” he is losing in Ukraine is NOT something to be treated with such nonchalance.”
Helga Zepp-LaRouche, Founder of the Schiller Institute, is leading a worldwide organizing drive for a new International Security and Development Architecture as the only way to overcome the danger of nuclear war.