Published on May 29, 2015
A political commentator says the Pentagon’s decision to send nuclear bombers to Sweden will increase the risk of a nuclear war between the United States and Russia. Joaquin Flores, who is the director of the Center for Syncretic Studies in Belgrade, Serbia, made the remarks when asked to comment about a recent report that the Pentagon would send the B-52 Stratofortress to Sweden to conduct a military exercise on June 13. Military tensions between Washington and Kremlin have escalated steadily since April 2014, when the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea reunited with the Russian Federation following a referendum a month earlier. Washington accuses Moscow of arming and supporting pro-Russian forces fighting in the predominantly Russian-speaking areas in eastern Ukraine. Moscow calls the accusations “groundless.” The United States plans to bolster its armored presence and keep rotations of American troops in Eastern Europe to provide “deterrence against Russian aggression.” “This is quite a move of desperation on the part of the United States,” Flores said.
“For a whole generation or two in the United States and in the Soviet Union grew up with the fear of a potential nuclear war between the two superpowers and the whole social movement for peace arose up decades ago calling on world leaders to act responsibly not to start tension and to understand that a nuclear war would possibly be an end to all life on the earth with the exception of cockroaches and microbes,” the analyst told Press TV on Sunday. “A nuclear war has no real target in the sense that a nuclear war would probably be the end for everybody,” he added. “We were told in decades following the 90s that a nuclear war was off the table [and] that we’ve entered into nuclear peace and prosperity,” said Flores.