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NATO Chief  Raises Nuclear War Fever – OpEd

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The world fails to learn lessons from the past Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 and the NATO Exercise ‘Able Archer’ in November 1983  that almost triggered a Nuclear War.Soviet intelligence was suspicious that the US might carry out a nuclear strike under the guise of a drill. “In response to this exercise, the Soviets readied their forces, including their nuclear weapons for launch and that in a way  scared the NATO.The  Able Archer was designed to simulate the start of a nuclear war, and many argue that it almost did.

Putin told reporters following a summit of ex-Soviet nations in Kazakhstan. “We do not set ourselves the task of destroying Ukraine and does not plan more massive strikes against Ukraine for now.” 

Putin has repeatedly signalled he could use nuclear weapons  to defend his country. Russia’s nuclear doctrine envisions “exclusively retaliatory measures intended to prevent the destruction of the Russian Federation as a result of direct nuclear strikes or the use of other weapons that raise the threat for the very existence of the Russian state.”

President Zelensky, who was dressed in khaki, said in his video address marking the October 14 Ukraine’s Defenders Day public holiday ; “The world sees that Ukrainians do not lose their humanity under any circumstances. The enemy can strike at our cities, but never at our Dignity.” 

NATO Chief Creates  Nuclear War Hysteria

NATO Secretary General  Stoltenberg having been the Prime Minister of Norway twice amid rising tensions with Russia over the war in Ukraine went ahead with the Western military alliance  annual routine nuclear deterrent exercises “Steadfast Noon” from 17 October 2022. Fourteen NATO countries  without France are taking part in this exercise led by the major headquarters of the Allied Powers in Europe, based in Mons. Some 60 combat aircraft, including Tornado and F-16s, are being used, as well as surveillance aircraft and tankers mobilized for this exercise organized more than 1,000 kilometers from the Russian border.

NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg instead of canceling  or postponing the NATO Nuclear Exercises ‘Steadfast Noon’ amid rising tensions with Russia said on the eve of a meeting of NATO defence ministers in Brussels “It would send a very wrong signal if we suddenly now canceled a routine, long-time planned exercise because of the war in Ukraine. That would be absolutely the wrong signal to send.NATO’s firm, predictable behaviour, our military strength, is the best way to prevent escalation.” How absurd and foolish to have gone ahead to create the grounds for  misunderstandings, miscalculations in Moscow to increase the risk of escalation and having created the Nuclear War Hysteria! For its part, Russia could quickly organize a similar counter exercise, ‘Grom.’The Russian Grom’ exercise usually begins each year in late October and involves submarines, warplanes and ballistic missiles.

Stoltenberg described Putin’s nuclear comments as “dangerous and reckless” and underlined that the allies “have also conveyed clearly to Russia that it will have severe consequences if they use nuclear weapons in any way.We are closely monitoring Russia’s nuclear forces and We have not seen any changes in Russia’s posture, but we remain vigilant.”NATO happens to be the only real Military Bloc in the present world scenario led by the US.

Why could not the UN take  the initiative to stop the NATO Nuclear Exercises ‘Steadfast Noon’ to avoid misunderstandings, miscalculations  to increase the risk of escalation and mistakenly trigger a Nuclear War Hysteria!NATO Chief  Stoltenberg  through his actions and decisions is responsible for raising the  Nuclear War Fever.This rash decision was not expected from the NATO Chief  Stoltenberg  who has been twice the  Prime Minister of Norway. Appears his decisions come from the White House who looks to weaken Europe and Russia.US President Joe Biden has labeled Putin as a ‘War Criminal’  and has declared  that Putin “Cannot remain in power.”

Patial RC

Patial RC is a retired Infantry officer of the Indian Army and possesses unique experience of serving in active CI Ops across the country and in Sri Lanka. Patial RC is a regular writer on military and travel matters in military professional journals. The veteran is a keen mountaineer and a trekker.

One thought on “NATO Chief  Raises Nuclear War Fever – OpEd

  • October 22, 2022 at 9:23 am
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    Total nonsense. Russia is unable to use its nuclear arsenal. Russia is paper tiger and it is now duty of Nato to sweep it from the map.

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