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'A state beyond insanity'

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Reginald Johnson
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World renown intellectual and social critic Noam Chomsky is warning of catastrophe if the Ukraine War continues.

The MIT professor emeritus of linguistics and longtime anti-war activist told an audience at the Peoples Forum in New York City recently that the war creates the potential for disaster in two ways - first by triggering a sharp increase in the use of highly polluting fossil fuels at a time when the world has only limited time left to avoid a climate collapse, and second, by creating the real possibility of nuclear war between the United States and Russia.

"The longer the war continues the greater will be the toll, reaching very fast perhaps, to the end of organized human life, speak of the vast number of species we are wantonly destroying," Chomsky said.

"And that of course is assuming we can ward off the option of destroying ourselves more expeditiously with nuclear war, a possibility that is casually being discussed, as if it were an option - it's an indescribable descent to a state beyond insanity."

"Sorry if these remarks seem hyperbolic. They are not," Chomsky said. "All of this tells us that every possible path to a diplomatic settlement should be pursued in accord with the wishes of almost the entire world, including the core of Europe" There is no time for delay," he said.

Chomsky delivered his sobering message during a panel discussion entitled "The Real Path to Peace in Ukraine." The event, co-sponsored by the ANSWER Coalition, was designed to discuss ways to develop a wider protest movement aimed at stopping the war.

Among those joining Chomsky was peace activist Medea Benjamin of Code Pink; Dr. Jill Stein, former Green Party presidential candidate; and historian and commentator Vijay Prashad.

The discussion took place as the Ukraine-Russia war is now in its ninth month and shows little signs of letting up. Approximately 100,000 casualties have been reported and there's been widespread damage to Ukraine's infrastructure. Leaders of both Ukraine and Russia have said the use of nuclear weapons is not out of the question.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has shown no interest in promoting peace talks to end the conflict; in fact, a tentative deal to end the war last April was rejected by the White House.

Administration officials as well as leaders in both political parties in Congress maintain that continued aid is needed to help Ukraine win back its freedom, resist "Russian aggression" and stop a claimed "threat" posed to the rest of Europe.

Critics charge however, that the real goal of the United States in funding the war is a geopolitical one: weaken Russia and eventually spark regime change in that country. Ukraine is simply being used in that process.

So far the United States has given nearly $100 billion --- much of it lethal military hardware --- to help Ukraine fight Russia.

"We're saying 'no' to this proxy war, we're saying 'no' to the US government policy of bleeding Russia through the lives of countless Ukrainians," said Manolo De Los Santos, co-director of the People's Forum, in introductory remarks. "We are not going to wait for nuclear war. We are not going to wait for global famine. We are not going to wait for a further energy crisis. We will not allow them to sacrifice either Ukrainian or Russian people or better yet we will not allow them to sacrifice the planet for their new war of greed."

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Reginald Johnson is a free-lance writer based in Bridgeport, Ct. His work has appeared in The New York Times, BBC-Online, the Connecticut Post, his web magazine, The Pequonnock, and Reading Between the Lines, a web magazine affiliated with the (more...)
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