Winning a Nuclear War?

Published on Counterpunch, by Bo Filter, May 15-17, 2015.

Don’t expect the concept of extinction or omnicide to roll off the lips of nuclear warriors. Their brains focus on the win-ability of nuclear war to the exclusion of all other possibilities. Let’s take a minute to examine the myopic mindset of nuclear strategists and what we should be doing about it … //

… Psychopathology in Aristocracy:

  • Aristocrats commonly suffer from profound delusional thinking and Severe Narcissistic Personality. They live a seeming fairytale life style, floating above the normal mundane chores of life, like having to cook or clean, never having to wash dishes, clothes or toilets. Being raised like veal, as in a confined ideological world, lends itself to psychological anemia and disconnected thinking from reality, thus, setting the stage for delusional thinking. The unusual degree of pampering in their upbringing includes coaching them to believe that their station in life is above the masses, even elevated in some theocratic families to the status of demigod, born of and “chosen” by God to lead lower classes. By self-pronouncing, without question, that their power is derived by God, they need not defer to the people themselves. The masses are, in effect, irrelevant and completely disposable. History is rife with examples of the aristocracy amusing themselves with killing lower people, like in the Roman coliseums. Disconnection from reality causes some elites to become perplexed by the distaste of the masses being subjected to the cruelties of servitude … //

… Military Psychopathology:

  • Adding another dimension to the toxic stew is the love of war, love of mass murder, which is so prevalent in military circles. John Hersey’s book: The War Lovers tells the story of how the fascination with annihilation drives men to obsess over death, like a moth flirting forward to test a candle’s flame.
  • Former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark warned: … //

… Final Analysis: Sanity as a Path to Recovery:

  • The most fundamental war facing humanity is the conflict between psychopathology and sanity. If we intend to survive, we need to begin a new mode of thinking. If we don’t we will continue to drift toward unparalleled catastrophe as Einstein warned us. We need to start educating ourselves about the causes and cures of wars. This new endeavor could be called warology. To some degree, each of you needs to become a warologist… //

… What to do right now:

  • Would it not be logical for everyone in the world who has a computer to contact the White House with a clear message that nuclear war is not an option? Please don’t pretend that stopping nuclear war is the job of someone else, someone out there in fairyland … //

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  • (Bo Filter, veteran social scientist, geopolitical analyst and author of: The Cause of Wars and Aggression: Book 1. See reviews and availability at
  • TO WIN A NUCLEAR WAR: The Pentagon’s Secret War Plans. 1987. Kaku, Michio and Axlerod, Daniel. Black Rose Books, Montreal-New York.
  • MISSILE ENVY: The Arms Race and Nuclear War. 1984. Caldicott, Dr. Helen. William Morrow and Company, Inc. New York.Eight countries attacked with tactical nuclear weapons—one country with atomic bombs—all sponsored by the US government: Egypt by Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War; Iraq in 1991 US attack called Desert Storm; Yugoslavia during 1999 US continuous bombing raid of 78 days and nights; after 9/11: Afghanistan, Pakistan, North Africa, Libya, Syria).

Related Links:

The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal and the International Tribunal on U.S./NATO War Crimes Against Yugoslavia;

articles by and about Helen Caldicott:

Other Links:

Changing our development paradigms, on Real-World Economics Review RWER Blog (first on WEA Pedagogical Blog), by Asad Zaman, May 19, 2015;

Civilian killed in intense Ukrainian army shelling of Donetsk despite ceasefire, on Russia Today RT, May 19, 2015;

Greece, cognitive dissonance edition, on Real-World Economics Review RWER Blog, by merijnknibbe, May 18, 2015: did I ever tell you that the extremely hostile reaction of the Troika towards the Syriza government made it miss an unique chance? Well, it did. As I see it, the window of opportunity has closed. For the first time in decades Greece had (and still has) a responsible government …;

Teach all young people universal basic skills by 2030 – it will give huge boost to GDP, on The Conversation, by Eric A. Hanushek and Ludger Woessmann, May 18, 2015;

The ’sexbot’ harbinger of future? on InForum, by John Calvert, May 17, 2015;

More Calls for Sharing Social Surplus… And Recovering It, on, by Jeffery J. Smith, May 15, 2015;

Travailleurs indépendants: date limite de dépôt de la DSI pour les revenus en 2014, dans Fiscal Online, le 14 mai 2015;

Pour sauver les riches, soulageons les pauvres / [To save the rich, relieve the poor], on BIEN, by Jenna van Draanen, May 15, 2015;

Retirement Income Certified Professional Becomes American College’s Top Designation Program, on ThinkAsvisor, by David Weldon, May 14, 2015;

Opposition parties: budget bill helps the rich and lacks solidarity for the poor, on, May 14, 2015;

Pennies From Heaven: Is ‘Helicopter Money’ A Viable Economic Policy? on WBUR, by Rich Bartow, May 13, 2015;

Students mastering basic maths and science could earn economy more than £2 trillion extra a year, study claims, on The, by RICHARD GARNER , May 13, 2015;

Fantasy budget 2015: abolish Centrelink and just give people money, on, by Myriam Robin, May 12, 2015; h

DHSA: 40 percent of Qatar professionals unhappy with their income – Survey, on The Peninsula, May 12, 2015;

Un propriétaire exigeait un revenu de 2000 euros, il est condamné, dans, mai 11, 2015;

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France-CONCARNEAU: Précarité, un forum avec Nouvelle Donne, dans Le Tölögramme, le 11 mai 2015;

Anne Will: 70 Jahre nach der Befreiung, müssen wir Russland heute noch dankbar sein? 74.54 min, von Deutsche Mediathek am 6. Mai 2015 hochgeladen;

Greece – at this moment, competitivety is not the main constraint, on RWER Blog, by merijnknibbe, Jan 26, 2015;

Greece faces both a stock (debt) and a flow (competitiveness) problem, even with debt reduction, second problem will impede recovery, on Dani Rodrik/Twitter, Jan 25, 2015;

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  • RODRIGO – Adagio, 10.29 min, uploaded by makhfii, June 21, 2008 … and other classic music videos in autoplay.

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