Germany’s Foreign Minister – Frank-Walter Steinmeier – wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia is worse than during the Cold War:
It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous.
The head of Britain’s intelligence service, MI6 – Sir John Sawyers – agreed yesterday:
We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as the cold war because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington.
Similarly, the former director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Russia office, Igor Zevelev, notes:
Indeed, it’s not a Cold War. It’s a much more dangerous and unpredictable situation.
Washington’s Blog asked one of America’s top experts on Russia, Stephen Cohen – professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, and the author of a number of books on Russia and the Soviet Union – whether he thought these statements were over-the-top.
Cohen responded that they are accurate … and that he’s been saying the same thing since before Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.
This is even more dramatic when you realize that the U.S. and Soviets came within seconds of all-out nuclear war on numerous occasions during the Cold War. And only the courage of U.S. and Soviet individuals to say no when their superiors told them to fire nuclear weapons – in the face of mistaken readings – saved the planet from nuclear war.
The likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War.
Postscript: The American government and mainstream media cast all of the blame on Russia. But many top U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials disagree (and see this).
The American Russia expert Stephen Cohen says that every Russian act which the U.S. describes as “aggressive” is actually a defensive response to an aggressive act by the U.S.
And Washington’s Blog asked William Binney – the 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency and the NSA’s best-ever analyst and code-breaker, who mapped out the Soviet command-and-control structure before anyone else knew how, and so predicted Soviet invasions before they happened (“in the 1970s, he decrypted the Soviet Union’s command system, which provided the US and its allies with real-time surveillance of all Soviet troop movements and Russian atomic weapons”) – whether Russia is threatening other countries.
Binney tells us:
From my first hand experience, whatever Russia is doing in the Ukraine, that is not an invasion. If you want to know what an invasion really looks like just go back to the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 or Afghanistan in 1979. Those were real invasions.
Otherwise, it has been very clear to me that there are quite a number of people here in the US that would like to start a second cold war. That would mean more money in their pockets. I am talking about the military-industrial-intelligence-governmental-financial people who want to swindle US tax payers and their descendants of lots and lots of money. This is what President Eisenhower warned about in his 1961 speech. Now, we can clearly see it’s influence.