German FM and Ex-MI6 Boss: US-Russia Tensions Now More Dangerous than During the Cold War

More and more former and retired western officials have been speaking out against the dangerous escalation toward active conflict by Washington. Here are two more

Thu, Oct 13, 2016
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Germany’s Foreign Minister – Frank-Walter Steinmeier – wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia isworse 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.

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.

And many experts warn that we’re drifting towards nuclear war today.  Indeed, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry said in February:

The likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War.

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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).

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