I keep seeing the call for a “no fly zone” over Ukraine repeated online and in the media. At this moment in time, there is nothing that would likely assure the end of civilization and our biosphere than NATO implementing such a thing. If they did, then member countries in this military security pact would be obligated to fire upon not only Russian aircraft, but airfields. It would be an act of war. And Putin has already vowed to make those nations pay a high price, as he placed Russia’s nuclear arsenal on high alert.
I seriously don’t think most people are grasping the terror of this moment. There is no “limited nuclear exchange” as some have inferred. When that Pandora’s box is opened, it cannot be closed. A strike on any city would be a catastrophe that would dwarf the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. And it is naïve to think only one would be used.
What Russia is doing in Ukraine is detestable, but the American and British media are whipping up propaganda to prod the public toward war. Putin’s war should be opposed through solidarity with antiwar activists in Russia and through diplomacy. But to demand more war against a nuclear armed super power is the very definition of insanity.
Kenn Orphan, March 2022
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Couldn’t agree more, Kenn.
And even a “limited nuclear exchange” would be horrifying. As I wrote in my most recent essay:
A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2020 modeled a scenario in which India and Pakistan fight a regional nuclear war and blow up just 50 bombs. They estimated that the particulates kicked up into the atmosphere by the blasts and the firestorms would cause a limited “nuclear winter” situation bad enough to significantly reduce food harvests and lead to starvation. The crisis would go on for years, and would be worst for those countries that import much of their food.
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