Gorbachev: ‘world is preparing for war’

Mikhail Gorbachev writes in Time ‘It All Looks as if the World Is Preparing for War’

The world today is overwhelmed with problems. Policymakers seem to be confused and at a loss.

But no problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority.

The current situation is too dangerous.

Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.

He looks back at the 1980s.

In November 1985, at the first summit in Geneva, the leaders of the Soviet Union and the U.S. declared: Nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought. Our two nations will not seek military superiority. This statement was met with a sigh of relief worldwide.

But there has been a deterioration since then.

Today, however, 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.

We must break out of this situation. We need to resume political dialogue aiming at joint decisions and joint action.

Gorbachev suggests:

I urge the members of the U.N. Security Council — the body that bears primary responsibility for international peace and security — to take the first step. Specifically, I propose that a Security Council meeting at the level of heads of state adopt a resolution stating that nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought.

I think the initiative to adopt such a resolution should come from Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin — the Presidents of two nations that hold over 90% of the world’s nuclear arsenals and therefore bear a special responsibility.

That looks very unlikely given Trump’s moves to reduce US involvement in the UN.

The world could really do without the sort of war Gorbachev is warning about.

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  1. Gezza

     /  29th January 2017

    In the ideal world pacifism is a brilliant strategy for harmony.
    In the real world it is a terrible strategy for survival.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  29th January 2017

    You can’t put knowledge back in the bottle. You can only add to it once it has escaped. That is the story of the arms race.

  3. “I urge the members of the U.N. Security Council — the body that bears primary responsibility for international peace and security — to take the first step.”

    Unlikely. The UNSC is far too busy with Israel which poses zero threat to international peace and security, and has only ever acted in its own defence.


  4. John Schmidt

     /  29th January 2017

    Maybe it is time for World War because clearly we now have a generation who never experienced past World Wars so all the lessons learnt from those events has been forgotten or people have bwcome ambivalent to historical events.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  29th January 2017

      We can’t have a real World War with current armaments. We could have a proxy cyber war without them.

  5. Zedd

     /  30th January 2017

    “BRING IT ON !!” sez I

    just get it over & dun with.. 😀


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