Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Humanity at Risk

Humanity at Risk

by Stephen Lendman

Never before in history was humanity more at risk than now. Earlier wars were fought with conventional weapons. 

Today’s super-ones make them look like toys by comparison. Thermonuclear bombs, if used, can incinerate entire cities and surroundings. 

Enough of them launched risks nuclear winter. Physician, nuclear expert, anti-war activist Helen Caldicott earlier said “nuclear technology threatens life on our planet with extinction.” 

“If present trends continue, the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink will soon be contaminated with enough radioactive pollutants to pose a potential health hazard far greater than any plague humanity has ever experienced.”

A “single failure of nuclear deterrence (could) start nuclear war.” Devastating consequences would follow, potentially killing “tens of millions of people, and caus(ing) long-term, catastrophic disruptions of the global climate and massive destruction of Earth's protective ozone layer. The result would be a global nuclear famine that could kill up to one billion people.”

Worldwide nuclear winter is the ultimate nightmare, able to end all life on earth, no known antidotes to stop it if things go this far.

In 1946, in relative peace after WW II, Einstein said (o)ur world faces a crisis as yet unperceived by those possessing the power to make great decisions for good and evil.” 

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”

We have two choices - end all forms of nuclear power or risk extinction, including commercial nuclear power plants vulnerable to devastating meltdowns. Caldicott calls them atom bomb and cancer factories, a recklessly dangerous way to boil water.

Thermonuclear bombs in the hands of lunatics willing to use them shows the clear and present danger humanity faces.

Neocons in Washington represent the greatest threat to life on earth. If war against Russia or China is launched with nuclear weapons, Einstein’s dark prediction could become reality.

They’ll be no turning back. Extinction may follow or conditions so devastating for survivors they’ll wish they were dead - anything to end their unbearable suffering.

America’s criminal class is bipartisan, heavily neocon influenced, Hillary their leading exponent.

Putting her in charge of America’s military as commander-in-chief is gambling with humanity’s survival - the unthinkable possibility of life on earth ending because of an evil cabal’s megalomaniacal craze for unchallenged power.

The time to act is now to prevent her ascension to power - along with likeminded lunatics she’ll assemble to serve their special interests - at the expense of everyone else, perhaps survival.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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