U.S. nuclear policies – two world views

Last night I had the opportunity to discuss nuclear weapons with an experienced,  high-ranking security analyst who has been both a military, a scholar, an assistant secretary of defence, presidential adviser, a corporate man and now a think tank member, Lawrence J. Korb. We were discussing the issues touched upon in this and this article. I would assume that the debate – facilitated by Iran’s PressTV in an excellent manner – is illustrative of the degree to which the world can be seen from different perspectives and how different we can perceive words such as law, legality, ethics, security, deterrence and peace. I assume also that the debate illustrates the difference between a systems-embedded interpretation of the world and an independent or free perception, including what can and must be changed and what doesn’t have to change to make the world a better place. Enjoy!

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The Clintons celebrated – but likely disastrous for the world

Hillary Rodham Clinton was nominated last night by the Democratic Party as its candidate for the U.S. Presidency. She may well win on November 8. What a tragedy for Western democracy that the leader of what is still called the free, democratic world cannot produce better candidates than Trump and Clinton through a disgustingly commercialized and corrupt political process where […]

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Turkey’s coup – Another example of the West’s disintegration

Here is my take on the July 15 coup in Turkey – why it happened the way it did and what is the least unlikely hypothesis – followed by some examples of regional and international consequences this coup is bound to have. And it ends: NATO comes across as a very tired alliance that should have been closed down or re-invented itself 25 years ago when its raison d’etre – the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact – disappeared. (That was always false because the Warsaw Pact was created 6 years after NATO had been established). And, then, now this coup too – and rapid decent into instability, extreme authoritarianism, chaos and possible violence or civil war in Turkey. One may wonder what the Western press and politicians would have made of such purges had they happened in Russia or Iran? Now we hear mainly vague ’worries’ or full endorsements of a dictator. Self-censorship because of Turkey’s NATO status, or what? Why? One crack in the Empire after the other. Indeed, we are living in interesting – and dangerous – times.

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Much stronger than during the First Cold War: Why is NATO so irrational today?

By Jan Oberg The third article in the TFF series on The New Cold War We are witnessing a remarkable increase in tension between the US/NATO and Russia these years – and it can not only be explained by whatever we choose to think happened in Ukraine and Crimea. We find a totally new effort on both sides to use social and other media to tell how dangerous “they” are to “us”. There is a clear tendency to “fearology” – to instill fear in the citizens on both sides about the capabilities and intentions of the other side. We find deeply concerned articles about the possibility of war between the two parties – a quarter of a century after the Berlin Wall tumbled. Why is the new tension rising in Europe between US/NATO and Russia so manifestly dangerous and – with the exception of the Cuban Missile Crisis worse than during the First Cold War? On a series of indicators, the political Western world – US/NATO/EU and Christian (Orthodox, Protestant, Catholic with sects) – is becoming weak relative to other players in the global society. The West has engaged in a series of wars that turned into very costly fiascos – from what followed from Sykes-Picot which turned 100 in May 2016 over Vietnam to the destruction of Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. The West is still the largest economic bloc and the 28 NATO members cover about 70% of […]

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Sovjetisk udredning om Danmarks krigsdeltagelse

Politikens Breaking News fortæller at tre såkaldt danske krige skal udredes af en historiker og en politolog; det har et folketingsflertal lige besluttet. Avisen fortæller også at der er meget store forskelle på denne udredning og den nedlagte Irak-kommission. Og det har den helt ret i. 17 år efter NATO’s ødelæggelse af Serbien skal Kosovo-krigen altså udredes! Men man skal ikke forsøge at bedømme forholdet mellem de fremsatte formål dengang og resultaterne idag. De folkeretslige aspekter er udredt for år tilbage ude i verden. Der var intet FN-mandat og oplægget i Rambouillet-forhandlingerne var et forlængst veldokumenteret amerikansk set-up for at få Serbien til at sige nej til vestligt diktat og legitimere denne krig, som Hillary Clinton’s mand var hovedansvarlig for. De “uvildige” forskere skal udpeges af – netop, udenrigsministeren. Med den procedure kan man være helt sikker på at den såkaldte udredning ikke kommer frem til politisk ukorrekte resultater. Mandat og resultat vil være bundet. Se lige på de arbejdsbetingelser som forskerne får (beskrevet i den anden lænke ovenfor). De strider på enhver måde mod fri forskning. Og vidner behøver ikke udtale sig og kan frit lyve. Nogenlunde sådan gjorde man også i Sovjetunionen i sin tid – en speciel hyldest til fri forskning og ytringsfrihed. Enhver ordentlig forsker, de værner om sin integritet, vil sige pænt nej tak til dette bestillingsarbejde. Men man skal da nok kunne finde mindst to, der vil føle sig beæret af en opringning fra Kristian Jensen. Alt, der ville […]

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Danskerne vil ikke have nye kampfly!

Politiko.dk fortæller torsdag den 21. april at det står sløjt til med befolkningens støtte til nye kampfly til en anslået indkøbspris på 30 milliarder kroner – eller 5,300 kroner per mand, kvinde og barn i vort land. Opinionsundersøgelsen, foretaget af Wilke for Jyllands-Posten, viser 53% imod, 31% for og 16%, der ikke véd hvad de skal mene. Selv med en antaget stor fejlmargen er der altså ingen tvivl om at danskerne i overvejende grad er imod at bruge pengene på disse fly – som for øvrigt anslås at ville koste yderligere 60-70 milliarder at bruge og vedligeholde i de cirka 30 år, de skal kunne fungere i. Det er da en meget positiv nyhed. Giver håb. Og hvis forsvarsministeren ikke kan komme med bedre argument end dem, han disker op med hér af intellektuelt slappeste type, så står vi ret godt “rustet.” Det er jo den traditionelle historie om at russerne er en trussel – til forskel fra da Sovjetunionen var faldet sammen og Warszawapagten blev opløst. Ja tænk! – russerne har rejst sig lidt siden da! Og hans andet argument er at vi må gøre som de andre – det vil sige USA i første række, nemlig at opruste og stå sammen. Men han glemmer at sige at Ruslands militære udgifter stadig er omkring 8% af NATOs! Selv om målingen ikke skulle vær helt præcis er der i hvert fald noget at bygge modstanden på. 
Flykøbet skal vi nu mobilisere en debat om overalt. Spred […]

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Danmark skal ikke bombe – 6 artikler

Den 19. april 2016 havde Folketinget 2. behandling af forslaget om også at bombe og indsætte specialstyrker i Syrien. Jeg mener at sagen er fundamentalt vigtig for Danmark, danskerne og vor fremtidige rolle og ‘image’ ude i verden. Desuden finder jeg at beslutningsgrundlaget, mediedækningen og den offentlige debat giver anledning til den største bekymring. At gå i krig er den vigtigste […]

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