Well, here’s a cheery thought.
Mikhail Gorbachev, the former, and final, leader of the Soviet Union, is warning that it “looks as if the world is preparing for war.”
Gorbachev’s comments were made in an opinion piece he wrote last week for Time magazine.
“Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous,” Gorbachev wrote. “Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.”
Calling the present situation “too dangerous,” Gorbachev noted that “more troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe. NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank.”
The former Soviet leader also wrote that “the nuclear threat once again seems real. Relations between the great powers have been going from bad to worse for several years now. The advocates for arms build-up and the military-industrial complex are rubbing their hands.”
Gorbachev wrote, as well, that both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have a “special responsibility” to ensure global security because they have control of “over 90% of the world’s nuclear arsenals.”
Putin has spoken on more than one occasion about the prospect of world war, and Trump has offhandedly said in the past that NATO is obsolete, and that he would welcome another arms race. Is any of that suggestive of something truly ominous?
Mikhail Gorbachev certainly seems to think so.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large