A Swedish group that assesses catastrophic risks warned in its annual report this year that the risk of nuclear weapons use is higher today than at any point since the US dropped nuclear weapons on Japan in 1945, AFP reported on Tuesday.
Kennette Benedict, an advisor to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists who led the report for the Global Challenges Foundation, said the risk of nuclear war was greater than during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
The report warned that an all-out nuclear exchange would send enough dust in the air to block sunlight resulting in “a period of chaos and violence, during which most of the surviving world population would die from hunger.”
President Biden acknowledged the risk back in October when he said the chances of nuclear “armageddon” are higher today than at any point since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Despite his recognition of the danger of his policy of supporting Ukraine against Russia, Biden continues to escalate US involvement in the war, and there is no end in sight to the fighting.
Ukraine’s war effort is entirely reliant on Western support, and the US is not just sending weapons but also providing training, intelligence, and other kinds of targeting support. According to recent media reports, the Pentagon now tacitly backs Ukrainian strikes on Russian territory, and the CIA is directing sabotage operations inside Russia.
Russian officials have made clear that they believe they are not just fighting Ukrainian forces in the war but also the US and NATO. This means Russia has the pretext to launch strikes on the US and NATO, although there’s no sign that such a decision has been made.
If Russia eventually chooses to retaliate by using conventional weapons against NATO, the conflict could quickly spiral into nuclear war. If Moscow decides to use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine, most experts believe it would lead to a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia.
53 thoughts on “Report Warns Risk of Nuclear War At Its Highest Since US Nuked Japan”
“A nuclear exchange between the US and Russia”… I’m going to get stoned and think about this…
What targets are on Russia’s list of priorities would be nice to know. Ramstein and the Pentagon and the Capitol maybe?
“It’s the end of the world and we know it but I feel fine…”
I feel compelled to ask… Can President Biden spell ‘nuclear’?…Noocular… Nukuler…
I just lit a joint and now I am going to contemplate this nooklear business…
To vaporize or not to vaporize?… That is the question….
“Greater than the Cuban missile Crisis” and that was pretty damn close…
“Nuclear exchange”? Sounds so tepid and mild. I think it would be better said: We’re gonna frag the crap out of each other…
I just lit a joint and I still feel like crap…
I suggest Xanax, Donna…
Bye-Done?! What planet are you living on?…
This will be armageddon through human stupidity. No comet, no aliens. Just sheer human stupidity.
It’s Nietzschean, will-to-power. Just as Capitalism’s religion, Science, has imposed its domination over Nature and is near to extinguishing it, so to its servant, Military, has been and is destined to continue to reduce us untermenschen, the rest of mankind, to docile, bread & circuses, cubicle drones. And while we may well consider this the apogee of insanity, it is the essential logic of the Establishment and with an inexorability leading straight to Armageddon.
That’s what the aliens are hanging around waiting for. It’s going to be their new mini series
That was funny Grim, thanks for making me laugh… 🙂
Make my day…! I believe that is a Clint Eastwood reference…
Is it just me or does it feel like the world is on a war footing? Bye-Done is rather cavalier…
No one I know (except spouse) talks about this. No one. Just la di dah. Reading about WWI (see Kotkin, for one), so horribly similar. Cultural delirium, delusion. Humans imminently possible of holding two opposite view simultaneously (Whitman). True Whitman describing the Human Body writ large, but also true for individuals.
.” If Moscow decides to use a tactical nuclear weapon in Ukraine, most
experts believe it would lead to a nuclear exchange between the US and
Russia.” but it is the USA and its completely needless upping of the ante which is the danger. Russia has kept to its decisions in the SMO and the “West” is frantically trying to pretend it is in charge.
Indeed. That quote makes no sense at all … how does Russia potentially using a battlefield nuke have anything to do with any kind of military “retaliation” by us, let alone a nuclear retaliation? We’re not at war here, ffs.
Of course the USA/NATO is at war with Russia, Ukraine is nothing but cannon fodder, the Ukrainian people were sold out to the US MIC and other war profiteers like the giant oil corporates. War is big business for the weapons industry and energy giants and Wall Street.
Oh, yes, but it’s not FOR Ukraine, you see … it’s just happening IN Ukraine and using those poor bastards as cannon fodder as you indicated.
What I meant is that nukes are supposed to be ultimate weapons to use when YOUR territory or national security has been invaded and you can’t stop it conventionally. Nothing Russia does in Ukraine, including the unlikely use of nukes, endangers American territory.
I do agree with you. Putin would not use nukes at all unless the US USES it’s NUKES stationed in Europe on Russia’s borders. That is the reason behind the current war in Ukraine. Russia wanted border security from MATO and Ukraine and NATO refused to negotiate it, they were arming and training to invade Russia, ANGELA MERKEL said so and no one said it is not true. She confirmed, Russia is responding to the USA/NATO provocation.
When the Earth is full of nuclear craters, who will remember all of this was for which political regime controls the Donbass?
Who is the who that will remember?
On a more positive note, we might not have to bother at all with problems like energy transitions, climate change, exhausting natural resources, world overshoot days creeping up to January and all those things if humanity decides it the best idea since sliced bread to collectively commit suicide over some small strip of barely significant real estate on the Russian border. Also it is a very important step forward to finally have lifted the taboo of assisted suicide, but it is another thing altogether to get overboard with it and make it mandatory. There’s some middle ground to be covered here I think.
The thing is, this war is not about Ukraine. It’s about global domination. Ukraine as a country has already been wrecked.
The Capitalist morons running foreign policy do.not care who.or how
Many people die to.keep America’s status as ruler of.the world.intact
If this is not changed quickly we are all doomed
On its current trajectory humanity looks doomed to fight WW III, the conflict everyone says they don’t want insist can’t be won.
Eine Gesellschaft, die sich systematisch weigert, zu erkennen,
dass ihr physisches Überleben unmittelbar in Frage steht,
und die keinen Schritt zu ihrer Rettung unternimmt, kann
nicht als psychisch gesund bezeichnet werden.
“A society that systematically refuses to recognize that their physical survival is in imminent danger, and which takes no step to save it, can cannot be described as mentally healthy.”
Thank you, Charly, for your eloquent statement!
Hoffentlich bleib es nur beim Säbelrasseln…
Die Vernichtungsmaschinerie ist einsatzbereit, kann beim geringsten Anlass
in Gang gesetzt werden, wartet nur darauf, dass irgendein Besessener oder
Geistesgestörter den “Knopf” drückt, oder dass ein defekter Computerchip das
große Feuerwerk entfesselt. Erstaunlicher Weise macht man sich darüber
jedoch recht wenig Gedanken. Millionen von Menschen wissen, dass ihr Dasein
einer fortwährenden, unmittelbaren Bedrohung unterworfen ist, nehmen dieses
aber widerspruchslos hin. Nur wenn der zornige Protest der Menschen überall
in der Welt die Herrschenden zur Umkehr zwingt, kann die atomare Katastrophe
Too many people just can’t believe what is happening around them and can’t imagine the real consequences at all.
Ja, der Mehrheit der Menschen hat man das denken abgenommen nur drei Grundbedürfnisse sind geblieben; Fressen, Saufen und
I won’t die by starvation or the effects of nuclear fallout; I’ll put my .38 to my head first.
I hope we never get to that fair Gypsy…
Me too , dear Donna… me too.
The criminals in Washington DC are the greatest global threat ever.
Biden wants war more than anyone else before him.
Unfortunately, Biden and his team are illiterate.
It doesn’t have the feel our parents had in 1962 (Cuban Missile Crisis) as the English speaking media is co-opted. Seems like less brakes.
You can include the whole continental NATO media also. The public manipulation has been perfected. MSM has been completely coordinated.
Well said Renate, well said…
Statemanship in the past, Kennedy Peace Speech:
“Above all, while defending our own vital interests, nuclear powers must avert those confrontations which bring an adversary to a choice of either a humiliating retreat or a nuclear war. To adopt that kind of course in the nuclear age would be evidence only of the bankruptcy of our policy – or of a collective death-wish for the world.”
Barbarianism in the present, Biden and Graham: Putin is a criminal. He should be eliminated
So, who does the US plan to nuke first? I’m sure there is a target or two where the US can kill millions of innocent civilians. Hey, they did it once in Japan and will do it again. Evil ba$tards all…….
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