Nuclear Russian Roulette in Ukraine, by Declan Hayes

If our rulers would just play Russian Roulette by themselves in the privacy of their own homes, nobody would have any objection and many of us would be hoping that some of them “won.” However, when we’re all roped into a game potentially featuring nuclear weapons in Ukraine and all over the world, most of us don’t want to play. From Declan Hayes at

NATO is a beaten docket, whose race has run and whose chips have all been lost, Declan Hayes writes.

The Gambler, Dostoevsky’s superlative novella about the gambling addiction he was afflicted with, is a remarkable tour de force NATO’s leaders should read before they gamble what is left of their own depleted resources away on the unlikely event they can take down China and Russia.

Though Dostoevsky, unlike several of his fictional characters, eventually learned that gambling is a fatal drug that gradually destroys its adherents, there is no indication that NATO’s gamblers have learned that or any of the other hard lessons that most ruinous of all vices teaches. Because NATO, having bluffed its way to Pyrrhic victories in Serbia, Syria, Libya and Yemen, now feels it can play Russian roulette with nuclear tipped missiles over Ukraine and live to tell the tale, their psychoses must be dissected on the long shot that Armageddon can be avoided. This article aids that diagnosis.

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