Wednesday, July 18, 2018

People Who Have Not Succumbed to Anti-Russia Hysteria

"Russia hacked the DNC! Russia attacked American democracy! A new Pearl Harbor! A cyber 9-11!"

"And Trump is Putin's poodle. He's a traitor. Our government is controlled by a foreign enemy!"
This kind of rhetoric is absurd and exceedingly dangerous. It is also very common and completely mainstream. See for example here and here.

What makes this rhetoric so dangerous is that it increases tensions between the two nuclear superpowers. Needlessly. And with increased tensions comes a increased threat of war --nuclear war-- either intentional or accidental. And nuclear war is bad, really bad.