Hegemony — noun: leadership or dominance, especially by one country or social group over others. "Germany was united under Prussian hegemony after 1871."

As we approach the 71st anniversary of the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the world is in greater danger, perhaps than ever, from nuclear holocaust. The "delicate balance of terror" hangs over all of life. According to the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance, the U.S. government plans to spend $4 million an hour, every hour for the next 30 years, to build new bomb plants, and upgrade and modify nuclear war heads. As the U.S./NATO threatens Russia, tension mounts exponentially and the situation seems insane.

Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership role in ending the Cold War (the nuclear standoff between the U.S. and the Soviet Union), said in a recent interview with Speigel Online: "If these weapons aren't eliminated, they'll eliminate us."

"America's rage for world dominance threatens everyone. It's shocking to think bipartisan lunatics in charge may kill us all. A nation (the U.S.) spending as much or more on militarism and war-making than all others combined is an insurmountable obstacle to a peaceful nuclear-free world," Gorbachev explained.

Isn't "America's rage for world dominance" a perfect example of "hegemony"? And couldn't it bring about nuclear war and nuclear winter to our planet? Doesn't the U.S. quest for world dominance threaten the world?


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According to Ron Forthofer, in Countercurrents.org, "There are dangerous provocations along Russia's western border (by U.S./NATO) that have received little or incredibly one-sided coverage by the U.S. media. Thus the U.S. public is not aware of the possibility of a major conflict between two nuclear-armed powers occurring due to an accident or misinterpretation."

Stephen Lendman of Global Research pointed out that Thucydides trap conditions exist. The Greek historian warned 2,400 years ago about the risk of war because of an established power's fear about a rising one.

The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center invites everyone to hear a three-person panel about the rising nuclear risk in the world today followed by the film "Dr. Strangelove," a hilarious movie about nuclear insanity with the incomparable Peter Sellers: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, behind the Trident Bookstore/Cafe, 940 Pearl Street, Boulder.

The Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center's "Peace Train" runs every Friday in the Colorado Daily.