by Stephen Lendman
Hugely dangerous flashpoint conditions in Syria head America increasingly closer to war on Russia – an unthinkable clash between the world’s dominant nuclear powers, madness perhaps becoming reality if Hillary succeeds Obama.
Launching it would risk a potential doomsday scenario, a reckless red line crossed, a rubicon of no return, humanity threatened like never before.
Imagine the devastating aftermath. Events would make post-9/11 ones seem almost inconsequential by comparison. Virtually certain martial law and constitutional suspension would follow, full-blown tyranny replacing what remains of rule of law governance.
All forms of media and public expression would be tightly controlled, including online content, prohibiting news, information and opinions opposing US policies.
Anyone considered a threat to national security would be automatically arrested, detained, prosecuted, imprisoned or assassinated – habeas and due process rights denied, henceforth null and void.
Police and other forms of security force brutality would make policies in place today seem minor by comparison. No one would be safe.
Conditions under Nazi Germany would be replicated. Middle of the night arrests would be commonplace. So would mass detentions of designated enemies of the state.
Things would become intolerable. Soldiers and military hardware would be deployed to keep order. America would be at war with its own people. Writers like myself would be eliminated if we dared speak out responsibly.
Of greatest concern would be the devastating effects of likely nuclear war. US cities and communities would be immolated, many millions killed.
In her book titled Nuclear Madness, Helen Caldicott explained the devastating effects of nuclear war – saying its technology alone “threatens life on our planet with extinction.”
“If present trends continue, the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink will soon be contaminated with enough radioactive pollutants to pose a potential health hazard far greater than any plague humanity has ever experienced,” she explained.
Nuclear war would risk almost certain doom. A previous article described its devastating effects – able to incinerate New York or other US cities with unimaginable force.
Firestorm intensity would vaporize structures within a couple of miles of ground zero, turning areas like Manhattan to smoldering ruin. Everything within five miles of ground zero would be destroyed or heavily damaged.
People surviving the blast in affected areas would suffocate from fire-generated gases or be cooked alive from oven-like temperatures.
Ten miles downwind would be devastated by radioactive fallout. All this and more from one thermonuclear bomb.
Imagine dozens immolating US cities, nationwide devastation, humanity threatened with extinction if enough detonations occur.
Einstein said splitting the atom “changed everything save our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”
Either we end these weapons of mass destruction or they’ll end us.
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