late wrote:While scientists have reduced their estimation of what the climate change would be, a nuclear war is still beyond insane.
Well first off talk to Putin not me, he's the one who started it. So NATO itself is largely irrelevant. Correct me if I'm wrong but NATO stopped supplying weapons to Ukraine as soon as Russia invaded. Individual NATO members have supplied lots of stuff, but again I might be wrong on this but my understanding is that this hasn't been done through the NATO organisation.
If I have an ongoing meta criticism of western foreign policy, it is that the West so very often tends to combine (hypocritical) legalistic and moralistic maximalism with militaristic minimalism. When it comes to NATO, my view is that we either need to get Turkey out of NATO or get out ourselves out of NATO and form a new western aligned organisation, ideally including Taiwan, India, South Korea and Japan. Anyway we don't need to wait for NATO membership to move forces and weapon systems into Finland.
What I'm suggesting is that we tell Putin we are going to do this. We say to him we are not going to waste time trying to persuade you of the rightness of these actions. But equally don't waste our time trying to persuade of the wrongness of these actions. For right or for wrong we're doing it. "Does this make nuclear war inevitable?" Simple question!
Putin's threats of nuclear weapons at the start of this may have been crazy talk, but it was crazy talk that worked. The West backed down from sending troops in and mostly held back on serious weapons supplies. This gave the Russian army vital time to achieve facts on the ground, to break Ukraine. As it turned out the Russian army was not able to use that time and suffered huge losses in its attempt for a quick knock out blow. But still Putin's crazy talk worked.
We were partly saved by Boris Johnson. At the time Boris Johnson had more important things on his mind, than worrying about trivia like avoiding an all out nuclear holocaust. Boris Johnson understands the two most important rules for a top level political career. Never put the short term interests of your country before the long term interests of your party and never put the short term interests of your party before the long term interests of your political career. Boris Johnson knew his premiership was hanging by a thread and the last thing he needed was any diminution in the sense of crisis and fear.
Things are currently dangerously unbalanced. We need more crazy talkers in the West. Its very dangerous when all the crazy talkers are on one side. It can easily lead to a catastrophic miscalculation, when one side has the monopoly on crazy talk and no fear of the the other sides crazy talkers.