This is a guest post from Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst
The usage of weapons of mass destruction in a conflict hasn’t happened since August 9, 1945, when the United States of America dropped the second atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Nagasaki (the first one destroyed Hiroshima just three days prior), killing tens of thousands of civilians in seconds. With well over a thousand tests, the US is also infamous for detonating the largest number of atomic and thermonuclear weapons in history.
And yet, the belligerent thalassocracy is also known for using weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) as a pretext to launch wars of aggression and invasions against dozens of sovereign countries, supposedly to prevent the usage of such weapons in war. The most prominent example of this must be Iraq, which the US and its numerous satellite states have attacked multiple times under this pretext. Iraqi WMDs were never found, although the US still insists that the destruction of the Middle Eastern country was supposedly justified.
Even though virtually the entire world knows that the US accusations against Iraq were based on false claims, America seems determined to continue using this pretext when attacking others. It has been accusing Syria of using chemical weapons for over a decade now, all without solid proof and has even directly attacked the country and its security forces under this pretext.
In addition to Syria, the US-led political West is making the same allegations against Russia. Since February 24, the US and its numerous vassals have been accusing Moscow of using chemical weapons during its special military operation against the Neo-Nazi junta in Kiev. Western state and corporate-run mainstream media have been spinning this narrative for months, especially in April and May. However, US President Joe Biden has upped the ante and effectively accused Russia of planning to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine.
On Sunday, September 18, during a “60 Minutes” interview, Joe Biden “issued a warning” to his Russian counterpart, President Vladimir Putin, to “not change the face of war” by supposedly “using either tactical nuclear or chemical weapons” against the Kiev regime forces. “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. You will change the face of war unlike anything since World War II,” the US president stated while speaking to CBS interviewer Scott Pelley.
The question was most likely staged as a way to portray Russia in the worst possible light while presenting the US as the supposed “voice of reason,” which is quite hypocritical given the US history of using WMDs. Biden didn’t specify what the US would do in case Russia decided to use such weapons, but he claimed that it would be “consequential” and that the end result would be: “They’ll become more of a pariah in the world than they ever have been.” Without going into specifics, he stated that the US reaction would “depend on the extent of what they do.”
It’s quite clear these warnings and empty threats are primarily designed for domestic use, given the unflattering state of America’s economy and the severe inflation which is hurting the American people’s purchasing power. In addition, there have been no indicators that Russia is planning to use any sort of WMDs, especially given the fact that the Eurasian giant hasn’t declared war or national mobilization. Russia’s strategic forces have been put on high alert in previous months, but this was in response to US and NATO actions.
The Kiev regime has regularly been accusing Russia of alleged chemical weapons usage, but none of these claims were ever supported by any evidence and were mostly used for war propaganda purposes. More recently, the Kiev regime officials have also been claiming that Russia is now using the Soviet-era Zaporozhye nuclear power plant for “nuclear blackmail” and to “unleash nuclear terror”. These allegations are quite strange and even ironic, given the fact that the Neo-Nazi junta forces have been shelling the nuclear power plant for months, risking a potential nuclear catastrophe, possibly orders of magnitude worse than the 1986 Chernobyl or 2011 Fukushima disasters.
In early August, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stated that the world was “one miscalculation away from nuclear annihilation.” At the time, Guterres added that “we have been extraordinarily lucky so far” and called for a broader stand-down of all nuclear-armed powers’ arsenals, but also stressed that the “luck” the world had enjoyed so far in avoiding a nuclear catastrophe “may not last” and urged the world to “renew a push towards eliminating all such weapons.”
“Luck is not a strategy. Nor is it a shield from geopolitical tensions boiling over into nuclear conflict,” he concluded.
Moscow has also voiced its own concern for the potential of nuclear escalation, but these warnings were directed at the political West, particularly its military wing in the form of NATO, which has been conducting a crawling expansion toward Russia’s borders for over three decades now, despite promises not to do so.
In April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov vowed that Moscow would do everything in its power to avoid using nuclear weapons. However, he also stressed the danger of underestimating how fast things could spiral out of control in Ukraine if the political West continued its belligerent policies towards Russia. Lavrov’s comments were specifically directed at NATO and its destabilizing role in Ukraine as the aggressive military alliance has been effectively engaged in a proxy war against Russia by supplying billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to the Neo-Nazi junta in Kiev.