Due to NATO expansion, movement of weapons and military exercises, tensions have escalated between the U.S./NATO and Russia. Russia is responding by increasing its internal troop mobilization and weapons readiness.

Professor Stephen Cohen believes that the danger of a nuclear war is the highest since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight in 2015 in response to this crisis.

According to the journal International Security, the U.S. is now committed to "strategic primacy" — in other words, first strike.

Noam Chomsky points out: "It's been known for a long time that if there were to be a first strike by a major power, even with no retaliation, it would probably destroy civilization just because of the nuclear-winter consequences that would follow" ( ecowatch.org). Chomsky says that both sides in this conflict "believe a war is no longer unthinkable."

In 1989, the Soviet Union allowed reunification of East and West Germany in exchange for the promise made by U.S. that NATO would not expand "one inch" further east. NATO has added a dozen countries since that time. How would the U.S. would react if Russia was putting troops and weapons in Mexico and Canada?


NATO will meet in Warsaw on July 8-10. To prevent a nuclear war, NATO needs to stop expanding and pull its troops and weapons systems away from Russia's borders. President Obama should take up Russian President Putin's offers to meet.

On Saturday, July 9, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center will hold a demonstration at Canyon and Broadway in Boulder from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a presentation at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10, at the First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce, Boulder. For more information, contact Carolyn@rmpjc.org. For more on this issue, visit eastwestaccord.com.

— Carolyn Bninski, Boulder