The longer Russia pretends that it has a chance to succeed in its invasion of Ukraine, the more likely the world finds itself hurtling toward an inevitable third world war.
The Kremlin is simply too belligerent, too consumed with pride, to ever allow such a mission to fail – despite the very real possibility that this is precisely the course that they are currently on. Vladimir Putin and his cronies have already begun to suggest that they could resort to nuclear war should Russia herself come under attack – something that Moscow is already preparing for with anti-aircraft weapons being installed on the rooftops of the city.
All of this atomic sabre rattling has the United Nations beginning to wonder just how far we are from a global conflict.
UN chief Antonio Guterres warned nations Monday that he fears the likelihood of further escalation in the Russia-Ukraine conflict means the world is heading towards a “wider war.”
The secretary-general laid out his priorities for the year in a gloomy speech to the United Nations General Assembly that focused on Russia’s invasion, the climate crisis and extreme poverty.
“We have started 2023 staring down the barrel of a confluence of challenges unlike any in our lifetimes,” he told diplomats in New York.
Guterres noted that top scientists and security experts had moved the “Doomsday Clock” to just 90 seconds to midnight last month, the closest it has ever been to signaling the annihilation of humanity.
The secretary-general said he was taking it as a warning sign.
“We need to wake up — and get to work,” he implored, as he listed his urgent issues.
Then came the more serious verbiage.
“The prospects for peace keep diminishing. The chances of further escalation and bloodshed keep growing,” he said.
“I fear the world is not sleepwalking into a wider war. I fear it is doing so with its eyes wide open.”
Guterres referenced other threats to peace, from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Afghanistan, Myanmar, the Sahel and Haiti.
“If every country fulfilled its obligations under the (UN) Charter, the right to peace would be guaranteed,” he said,
He added it is “time to transform our approach to peace by recommitting to the Charter — putting human rights and dignity first, with prevention at the heart.”
The sentiment echoes similar concerns from the international community, who’ve long feared that a weakened and possibly dying Putin would escalate the conflict out of sheer ignorance or belligerence.
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