Guest: Richard E. Rubenstein, Professor at George Mason University and former Director of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, talks about ways to negotiate an end to the Ukraine War.
Reaching a Just and Lasting Peace in Ukraine
Is it pro-Russian to express some doubt about what the US is doing in Ukraine? The FBI's recent raid on Uhuru Solidarity Center in St. Louis is a very bad sign. Once again, our country is using its secret police to track down what is now being called "Russian propaganda." This is certainly a revival of that old fascist favorite, the Red Scare.
Richard and I are only asking questions. Why can't the US media talk about some sort of compromise with the Russians? Why is our government obsessed with military solutions? And why are both parties more than willing to pour tens of billions more in another lost cause?
Perhaps this is just the way our empire works. It is determined to undermine any world power that would even think of resisting US global expansion. The Pentagon uses NATO as its battering ram, surrounding Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. Is this American alliance now going in for the kill?
It doesn't take much to see how risky this US backed aggression really is. Russia has already warned the US of a possible nuclear response to NATO's encirclement. But that seems to be part of the empire's plan. Is it time to bet the house on winning a nuclear war?
Well maybe it's just US weapons companies making a killing. Tens of billions in military aid are enthusiastically being spent by both parties. When it comes to the war racket, there is no space between Republicans and Democrats. Maybe this provocation of Russia is just the Military Industrial Complex taking more chances.
Pelosi's trip to Taiwan, however, is a very bad omen. Why would the US provoke both Russia and China at the same time? Has the hour finally come, when the United States risks a nuclear Armageddon for power and profit? Are the leaders of the US insane with hubris and greed?
If catastrophic climate change is any indicator, our leaders are hellbent on the annihilation of our species. And the only question remaining is:
Where you gonna run to, when the world's on fire?