“I can no longer say that this Cold War will not lead to a ‘Hot War.’ I fear [the U.S.] could risk it,” Gorbachev said. “All you hear is about sanctions towards Russia from America and the European Union. Have they totally lost their heads? The U.S. has been totally ‘lost in the jungle’ and is dragging us there as well.”

As far as veteran reporter Eric Margolis is concerned, the stakes in Ukraine could not be higher. For one thing, as he reminded readers in his latest column over the weekend, rule number one of geopolitics should be this: “nuclear-armed powers must never, ever fight.” Secondly, he argues, what is happening with U.S. and NATO involvement in Ukraine is classic “mission creep” of the most dangerous kind. He writes:

The concerns of Margolis are shared by another veteran journalist, reporter and editor Robert Parry, who argues the uncritical backing of the Kiev government by the U.S. government and the march towards increased military intervention has all the hallmarks of the infamous clamor of war that led to the unprovoked U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003. Taking aim at the important role of the nation’s most prominent media outlets when it comes to Ukraine policy, Parry writes:

In that context, those trying to supplant the recent violence and that dominant media narrative which surrounds it, are themselves fighting an uphill battle.

Last week, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman told the Security Council that a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine was urgent.

“Over 5,000 lives have already been lost in this conflict,” Feltman said. “We must find a way to stop it and must do so now.”

So far, however, it appears those urgings have found little traction.

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