Trump’s Strikes in Syria: ‘The World Is on Tenterhooks Awaiting His Next Move’

Sputnik News, 12-04-2017

AssadGlobal peace campaigner Helen Caldicott said that in the light of recent attack on Syria, it is “absolutely terrifying” that US President Trump has a control of huge conventional and nuclear arsenal.

President Donald Trump’s decision to attack Syria with cruise missiles last week made the prospect of his control of the US conventional and strategic armed forces extremely alarming, Caldicott told Sputnik.

“It is absolutely terrifying that Trump has this huge conventional and nuclear arsenal at his fingertips with virtually no oversight as president,” Caldicott, founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility that was co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, said.

Caldicott warned that the missile strike on a Syrian airbase in the Idlib province last Thursday raised the likelihood that Trump could at any time order other far-reaching strikes with US armed forces against other targets around the world.

“God knows what else the irrational tempestuous Trump will order militarily,” she said.

Caldicott observed that Trump’s conduct had alarmed major governments and forced them to maintain a higher rate of alertness.

“We will have to wait and see what happens next, but let’s be frank, the world is on tenterhooks awaiting his next move,” she explained.

The increased tensions have raised the very real possibility that a nuclear war could break out at some time during Trump’s four year term as US president, Caldicott warned.

“Will it eventuate into nuclear war? We will only know when it happens,” she added.

Caldicott said she had completed a new book on the increased dangers of nuclear war that was scheduled to be u published later this year.

“My new book ‘Sleepwalking to Armageddon’ could not be more timely as the title says everything — to be published in July — hopefully not too late,” she continued.

The devastating effects of any nuclear exchange could not be limited to several countries or confined areas but would have catastrophic consequences for the entire global ecosphere, Caldicott, an acknowledged expert on the medical effects of nuclear radiation stated.

“As I imply, my prognosis for planetary life is grim,” she concluded.

On January 26, 2017, the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists moved their Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight, putting it two minutes and 30 seconds closer to the outbreak of nuclear war.

The Doomsday Clock has not been on such a setting for more than half a century since the 1950’s and the most tense period of the Cold War.

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1 thought on “Trump’s Strikes in Syria: ‘The World Is on Tenterhooks Awaiting His Next Move’”

  1. INTELLECTUAL COWARDICE: Nuclear = ‘extreme of cowardice’. When ever there is conflict both at home & worldwide, we have two main choices to: 1) believe the finance-education, media-military-industrial-legislative-complex owned by trillionaire Windsor, Rothschild & Vatican oligarchs, demonize the other, armour ourselves against our perceived enemies, launch pre-emptive war & create hell, 2) engage the other in formal equal-time recorded & published dialogues. Mohandas Gandhi developed ‘Satyagraha’ (Hindi ‘truth-search’ based upon the simultaneous inquiry with both parties to dispute & in research asking “What are your best intentions & how can we help you fulfill these?”. Gandhi, “I can imagine a fully armed man to be at heart a coward. Possession of arms implies an element of fear, if not cowardice. But true non-violence is an impossibility without the possession of unadulterated fearlessness.” We need transparency in all levels of human interaction including military, government, education, business listening to both sides.
    The best place to start is through creating ‘Dialectic-Rights’ everywhere. ‘Dialectics’ (literally ‘reading from both-sides’) implies creating recorded, equal-time public & published dialogues where everyone has the opportunity to challenge anyone to dialogue in: families, multihome-dwelling-complexes (apartment, townhouse & village) where 70% of us live, school, institutions, business, industries, government etc. As people dialogue we recapture our collective human attention & create the ability to collaborate on areas of agreement. Oligarchs are psychotic, paranoid, institutionalized since youth in boarding-schools trying to institutionalize the world in their own painful colonial institutional image. Oligarchs are artificially removed from 3-dimensional cultural human reciprocal relations among family, neighbourhoods & colleagues. These families initiated the colonial genocide which has intentionally killed 500 million indigenous people worldwide in Africa, Americas, Australia, Far & Middle-east over 500 years

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