+++ 3. Oktober 2012 +++
Lavrov Warns: Will Arab Autumn Lead to Nuclear Winter?
In a Sept. 27 interview with U.S. television host Charlie Rose, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov raised the possibility that the ongoing events in the Middle East, particularly the war drive against Syria and Iran, could lead to nuclear war. Speaking metaphorically, he referred to the escalating violence throughout the Middle East and North Africa as an “Arab Autumn,” saying he hoped it would not be followed by a “nuclear Winter,” a reference to the destruction of the Earth’s climate by a thermonuclear war.
Lavrov made the comments in response to repeated badgering by Charlie Rose over Russia’s refusal to join in the drive to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, through outside military intervention, as was the case in 2011 in Libya.
The next day, in his speech before the UN General Assembly, Lavrov repeated his warnings of outside military intervention against Syria or Iran, singling out the so-called “Responsibility to Protect” doctrine as a direct threat to the entire global order. Both he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have repeatedly stated, in recent weeks, that any escalation in the region would have incalculable consequences. And both the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces General Makarov and Prime Minister Medvedev have underscored the dangers of nuclear war.
They have also been understood in the United States. On Sept. 28, Foreign Policy magazine published a lengthy article by historian Mark Perry, exposing Israeli plans to conduct a 1976 “Entebbe” style commando raid on the nuclear enrichment facility at Fordow, Iran. Perry had received detailed intelligence on studies just completed by the U.S. Central Command on how Israel might conduct an attack on Iran’s nuclear program.
General Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff has repeatedly warned Israel against launching any such unilateral attack on Iran, arguing that it would only do minimal damage, and would impel Iran to go forward with a nuclear weapons effort, which they are not now pursuing. It might also trigger asymmetric retaliation against vulnerable U.S. military forces in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, and could easily escalate into a general war pitting the United States against Russia and China.
An article in the Sept. 28 New York Times quoted former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, warning that an Israeli attack on Iran would drive the Iranians to seek a nuclear bomb. The article was provocatively titled “How to Help Iran get the Bomb.”
All the recent war-avoidance interventions reflect a growing concern, among a large and growing segment of sane national security experts, that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is imminently capable of ordering an attack on Iran at any moment, and that President Obama has so far failed to deliver the kind of unambiguous warning to Israel that could greatly reduce the risk of an Israeli “breakaway ally” attack, triggering world war.
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