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Reasons to Risk Nuclear Annihilation

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Obviously, I never wanted to see a nuclear war, which would likely kill not only me but my children, grandchildren, relatives, friends and billions of others. We'd be incinerated in the blast or poisoned by radiation or left to starve in a nuclear winter.

But at least I always assumed that this horrific possibility would only come into play over something truly worthy, assuming that anything would justify the mass extinction of life on the planet.

Now, however, Official Washington's neocons and liberal interventionists are telling me and others that we should risk nuclear annihilation over which set of thieves gets to rule Ukraine and over helping Al Qaeda terrorists (and their "moderate" allies) keep control of east Aleppo in Syria.

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In support of the Ukraine goal, there is endless tough talk at the think tanks, on the op-ed pages and in the halls of power about the need to arm the Ukrainian military so it can crush ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine who dared object to the U.S.-backed coup in 2014 that ousted their elected President Viktor Yanukovych.

And after "liberating" eastern Ukraine, the U.S.-backed Ukrainian army would wheel around and "liberate" Crimea from Russia, even though 96 percent of Crimean voters voted to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia -- and there is no sign they want to go back.

So, the world would be risking World War III over the principle of the West's right to sponsor the overthrow of elected leaders who don't do what they're told and then to slaughter people who object to this violation of democratic order.

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This risk of nuclear Armageddon would then be compounded to defend the principle that the people of Crimea don't have the right of self-determination but must submit to a corrupt post-coup regime in Kiev regardless of Crimea's democratic judgment.

And, to further maintain our resolve in this gamble over nuclear war in defense of Ukraine, we must ignore the spectacle of the U.S.-backed regime in Kiev wallowing in graft and corruption.

While the Ukrainian people earn on average $214 a month and face neoliberal "reforms," such as reduced pensions, extended years of work for the elderly and slashed heating subsidies, their new leaders in the parliament report wealth averaging more than $1 million in "monetary assets" each, much of it in cash.

A Troubling Departure

The obvious implication of widespread corruption was underscored on Monday with the abrupt resignation of former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili who was the appointed governor of Ukraine's Odessa region.

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Though Saakashvili faces charges of abusing power back in Georgia, he was nevertheless put in charge of Odessa by current President Petro Poroshenko, but has now quit (or was ousted) amid charges and counter-charges about corruption.

Noting the mysterious wealth of Ukraine's officials, Saakashvili denounced the country's rulers as "corrupt filth" and accused Poroshenko and his administration of sabotaging real reform.

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Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. His latest book, Secrecy & Privilege: Rise of the Bush Dynasty from Watergate to Iraq, can be ordered at secrecyandprivilege.com. It's also available at
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