The United States and NATO's escalating war with Russia in Ukraine has raised the danger of nuclear war to a level that U.S. President Joe Biden has compared to the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies explore how Biden and his allies have made decisions to keep escalating the war, despite the danger that the Ukraine conflict will lead to nuclear war.
Calls to end the war in Ukraine "reverberated through the hall" at the United Nations General Assembly, as the president of the session said in his closing statement. Sixty-six countries, representing most of the world's population, pleaded for a negotiated peace in Ukraine, write Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J.S. Davies.
The lesson of the United States' experience in Afghanistan should be a new “Afghanistan syndrome,” a public aversion to war that prevents future U.S. military attacks and invasions, rejects attempts to socially engineer the governments of other nations, and leads to a new and active U.S. commitment to peace, diplomacy, and disarmament.
Could Raisi’s victory have been averted if President Biden had rejoined the Iran deal right after coming into the White House and enabled Rouhani and the moderates in Iran to take credit for the removal of U.S. sanctions before the election? Now we will never know.