Mattis isn’t the only mad dog in Washington, a city infested with them, waging permanent wars against one country after another, threatening more mass slaughter and destruction.
Trump is America’s latest warrior president, continuing its deplorable tradition—threatening nuclear war on North Korea, telling Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe he’s ready to use all options at his disposal against the DPRK, including America’s nuclear capability.
Only a madman would use these terror weapons. A single thermonuclear device can kill millions, along with destroying large cities and surrounding areas for miles around.
On Sunday, Mattis threatened a “massive military response” after Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, far more powerful than earlier ones.
Russia and China continue urging diplomacy over threats and possible confrontation. On Monday, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said there’s “no room for escalation.”
“Those who are smarter and stronger should show restraint. In the current situation, any misstep may lead to a political or military outbreak, rather than to the nuclear test conducted recently, which actually reflects the deteriorating situation in Northeast Asia.”
Diplomacy is the only solution. Washington rejects it. US officials continue “us[ing] the language of sanctions and threats rather than to search for solutions through diplomatic means,” Ryabkov explained, the crux of the deplorable situation.
The just concluded BRICS summit in Xiamen, China affirmed an “overarching objective and . . . desire for peace, security, development and cooperation . . .”
It expressed support for a “Syrian-led, Syrian-owned political process which safeguards the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Syria.”
It backed an “an independent, viable, territorially contiguous Palestinian State living side by side in peace and security with Israel.”
It “firmly support[s]” the Iran nuclear deal, calling on all parties to fully comply with its principles. It called for an “Afghan-led . . . Afghan-owned peace and national reconciliation”—free from foreign occupation it implied.
It “reaffirm[ed] solidarity and resolve in the fight against terrorism . . .”
Expressing opposition to North Korea’s Sunday nuclear test, it stressed the urgency of defusing tensions through “peaceful means and direct dialogue of all the parties involved.”
Unthinkable war on the Korean peninsula is possible because it’s the American way, the human cost of no consequence.
No matter how harsh, sanctions are counterproductive, encouraging Pyongyang to accelerate its nuclear and ballistic programs—deterrent weapons for defense, not offense.
The world community wants peace on the Korean peninsula—America the outlier with its threatening posture and rage for endless wars.
Swiss President Doris Leuthard offered to serve as mediator if all relevant parties agreed to diplomacy over confrontation—the only acceptable option Trump rejects.
Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.” Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.