(OPINION) Will the world see another nuclear arms race?

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The Ukraine-Russia war continues, with the United States and other NATO nations assisting Ukrainian forces with a variety of weapons that were used to blunt the Russian attack. Courageous and inspiring Ukrainian President Zelensky, while thanking the West, asks for more weapons quickly.

Ukrainian forces killed and captured thousands of Russian soldiers and killed several high-ranking commanders. They sank or disabled Russian warships in the Black Sea and Sea of ​​Azov. But Russian commanders have managed to pin down Ukrainian troops in border regions that have pro-Russian populations.

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The standoff in April and early May prompted observers to encourage continued peace talks to end the bloodshed, suggesting Ukraine pledge not to join NATO, a fear that motivated Russian dictator Vladimir Putin to attack Ukraine. Others say that Putin’s main goal is to restore the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and control the border states that were Soviet satellites before 1990. The problem is that some of these states are now NATO members. , and some nations near Russia that are not. NATO members, including Sweden and Finland, are now considering joining the military pact formed after World War II to block Soviet Russian expansion.

NATO countries send military supplies and armaments to Ukraine and, together with US military personnel, train Ukrainian troops. Putin has warned NATO countries that continued aid to Ukraine could lead to military retaliation.

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Putin shocked the world with his genocidal attacks on Ukrainian civilians. Russian troops are said to have buried thousands of Ukrainian civilians to cover up what have been called war crimes. Putin has become a pariah, logistically and economically supported only by the People’s Republic of China and communist leader Xi Jinping, who must wonder if the lesson of the Russian invasion is for him to invade Taiwan or back down from his threats to the moment.

Conservative columnist Pat Buchanan wonders if the lessons of the war will encourage aggressive nations like Iran and North Korea to become more belligerent against their adversaries because of what they see as Western nations’ reluctance to directly confront the totalitarian expansionists lest they use ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons against their enemies. And threats to use such weapons, as Putin did, will cause Western nations to limit their responses to aggressors.

Buchanan then concluded that the lesson of nuclear threats could persuade nations that their hope of protection is to possess nuclear weapons, hence stimulating an international nuclear arms race.

The Ukraine-Russia war continues, the irony being that the NATO pact, originally designed to use military force to prevent Russian geographic expansion during the Cold War, is now limited in its response to Russian aggression due to the reasonable fear that additional military threats against Russia could trigger World War III.

But failure to stop Putin’s aggressive actions and goals could also lead to a wider war.

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