All this Pittenger clown is doing is trying to start a civil war. These RWNJ's are armed to the teeth and chomping at the bit to target shoot minorities and liberals. They are not only treasonous Americans but horrible, despicable , evil people. Anybody that holds up Ted Nugent and Glen Beck as idols and prophets, as these violent neanderthals do, should have their heads examined and their hearts exorcised.
Would one of your fellow contards please jump in here and let you know how ludicrous your statement is, even more so than usual? This is the last time I will address you about my kids. Are you a perv that way? It wouldn't surprise me a bit.
I told you that you would run and hide when presented the facts. And you did…I understand that Conservatism forbids you from manning up and admitting your errors, but Christianity does not. Lord knows your fruits are far more Conservative than Christian. So the science says you are wrong, and due to lifted restrictions, more science confirming your mistaken and antiquated opinions is being completed and released all the time. You are "busted".. you are a "fraud"… you are a "flat earther"… You are a science denier on many fronts. The worst of it though is that you are a coward and hypocrite as you NEVER admit fault, you are always right in your own mind, and you are a raucous loudmouth when you announce your supposed correctness to the mb. As a fellow Christian, I am appalled at your behavior including discrimination, racism, bigotry, homophobia and your worship of $$, guns and Glenn Beck. You can not serve God while you preserving yourself and your ego. I will continue to pray for you.
More facts for you to choke on.
Neuropathic pain often does not respond well to pharmacotherapy and medications used in its
treatment often have adverse effect profiles that make it difficult to achieve maximal therapeutic
dosing, resulting in limited symptomatic relief.
At the end of follow-up, the average reduction in pain intensity scores was greater in the
THC:CBD group than in the placebo group (95%).
The authors concluded that THC:CBD had a positive effect on neuropathic pain, when used as an add-on therapy to existing analgesics.
Cannabinoid-mediated Modulation of Neuropathic Pain and Microglial Accumulation in a Model of Murine Type I Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain.” Molecular Pain.
The new information: This experiment involved inducing diabetes in mice in the presence and absence of cannabinoid agonists and observing the mice over a course of 8 months. There were six main experimental groups, one of which diabetes was induced without cannabinoid treatment, serving as a control. In a second group, diabetes was induced in conjunction with cannabidiol treatment. It was found that in this second group, neuropathic pain did not develop over the course of 8 months and the levels of activated microglia in the spinal cord were greatly reduced compared to the control. Additionally, when cannabidiol treatment was stopped, the mice continued to show reduced microglia as well as no signs of neuropathic pain. A third and fourth group involved the induction of diabetes and treatment with both CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptor agonists once symptoms of neuropathic pain started. The results indicated that both CB1 and CB2 agonists inhibited the symptoms of neuropathic pain, but the pain returned after treatment was stopped. The last two groups involved treatment with CB1 and CB2 cannabinoid receptor antagonists, which block the effect of cannabinoids, and no change was seen in the levels of pain compared to the control group.
What this means: This experiment provided more evidence that cannabinoids may be used in the treatment of neuropathic pain. However, the novel information obtained is much more surprising. When treated with cannabidiol at the onset of diabetes, the diabetic mice did not have any symptoms of neuropathic pain even when treatment was stopped. This suggests that treatment with cannabidiol at the onset of diabetes may produce permanent protective changes for nerve cells. Therefore, cannabis could hypothetically be used short-term at the onset of type II diabetes in adults for lifetime or long-term prevention of diabetic peripheral neuropathy.
Cannabis/Cannabinoids/Neuropathic pain (Part 1)
Where ever you look on the internet, the general conclusion regarding effective treatments for neuropathic pain seems to suggest that only three things really work: capsaicin, smoked cannabis and rhNGF (nerve growth factor). The latter has not been approved by the major national organisations and we have discussed capsaicin at length in other posts on the blog. This is the first of two more posts with reasonable explanations supporting Cannabinoids. Legal problems aside, there seems to be a growing cache of evidence supporting the efficacy of cannabis, not only as an analgesic but as something with positive effects on the nervous and other body systems.
Opiates do not have clear indications for neuritis and neuropathy although they are widely prescribed for the pain but marijuana actually has been shown to relieve peripheral neuropathy due to HIV and diabetic neuropathy. THC has been useful for treating phantom pain with amputees, causalgias (another peripheral neuropathy condition), neuralgias, and conditions like trigeminal neuralgia. #$%$ has also found success with chronic cancer pain. A study at the University of Iowa found oral THC at 5 to 10 mg was as effective as 60mg of Codeine for terminal cancer pain relief.
One question that is obvious – Does marijuana alleviate pain simply because patients no longer care about it? Do the psychoactive effects of marijuana simply influence a patient’s attitude towards the pain and allow him or her to mask it out?
5/5/2011 – Recent scientific articles reviewed the ability of cannabis and cannabinoids to treat pain, especially neuropathic pain. This may be new hope for doctors who are struggling to treat these conditions. Clinical trials on humans using cannabis in various forms (smoked, extracts, oral THC, synthetic analogues) were reviewed by different research teams. Three recent reviews of those human trials demonstrate that cannabis and cannabinoids are effective for treating certain types of chronic pain with acceptable side effects.
A review on the treatments for HIV neuropathic pain concluded that, “evidence of efficacy exists only for capsaicin, smoked cannabis and rhNGF (nerve growth factor). However, rhNGF is clinically unavailable and smoked cannabis cannot be recommended as routine therapy (Phillips et al).”
Meaning, the only medications that have been shown to effectively alleviate HIV/AIDS neuropathic pain are not available on the market. Notably “smoked cannabis” was shown to be effective for the treatment of HIV neuropathy, a condition that affects more than 40% of the estimated 33 million people currently living with HIV.
A University of Pennsylvania research team published a similar review concluding that, “there is strong evidence for a moderate analgesic effect in peripheral neuropathic and central pain conditions, and conflicting evidence for their use in nociceptive pain. For spasticity, most controlled studies demonstrate significant improvement. Adverse effects are not uncommon with cannabinoids, though most are not serious and self-limiting.”
Last but not least, researchers from Canada concluded, that “overall the quality of trials was excellent. Fifteen of the eighteen trials that met inclusion criteria demonstrated a significant analgesic effect of cannabinoid as compared to placebo, several reported significant improvements in sleep. There were no serious adverse effects. Adverse effects most commonly reported were generally well tolerated, mild to moderate in severity and led to withdrawal from the studies in only a few cases (Lynch et al).”
This team from was from Dalhousie University Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. The researchers go on to say, “this systematic review of 18 recent good quality randomized trials demonstrates that cannabinoids are a modestly effective and safe treatment option for chronic non-cancer (predominantly neuropathic) pain.”
Traumatic pain is scratching your arm, banging your thumb with a hammer or post-operative pain (surgery). But neuropathic pain is something completely different because it is generated by diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS, amputation) or as a side effect from medication toxicity. Essentially the brain begins sending pain signals out to the body for no reason. Patients say they experience it as a burning or shooting pain sensation in their hands and feet at first. Neuropathic pain often progresses to become much more intense. Opiates do not seem to have any impact in certain groups.
Jahan Marcu is currently investigating the pharmacology of cannabinoid receptors. He was working at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute when exciting discoveries were made showing enhanced anti-cancer effects with THC and CBD from the Cannabis plant. The findings were published in the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics. In 2009 he received the Billy Martin Award from the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS). Jahan is currently the vice-chair the Medical and Scientific Advisory Board at Americans for Safe Access (ASA).
#$%$ (cannabinoids) is an excellent adjunct treatment choice for Neuropathy.
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Idiot. I posted other web sites and yahoo took them down, clearly yahoo is run by neo nutziis like yourself. Did you even bother to look up CMT poly neuropathy before you made a fool of yourself by denying the existence of the genetic disorder? Here is some info from medicalmarijuanadotcom….I can't believe that there are still United States citizens as STUPID and IGNORANT as you, Fraudz. Sheesh!!
What are the symptoms of neuropathy?
Neuropathy symptoms depend on several factors, chiefly where the affected nerves are located and which type of nerves are affected (motor, sensory, autonomic). Several types of neuropathy affect all three types of nerves. Some neuropathies suddenly arise while others come on gradually over the course of years.
Motor nerve damage usually leads to symptoms that affect muscles such as muscle weakness, cramps, and spasms. It is not uncommon for this type of neuropathy to lead to a loss of balance and coordination. Patients may find it difficult to walk or run, feel like they have heavy legs, stumble, or tire easily. Damage to arm nerves may make it difficult to do routine tasks like carry bags, open jars, or turn door knobs.
Sensory nerve damage can cause various symptoms, such as an impaired sense of position, tingling, numbness, pinching and pain. Pain from this neuropathy is often described as burning, freezing, or electric-like, and many report a sensation of wearing an invisible "glove" or "stocking". These sensations tend to be worse at night, and can become painful and severe. On the contrary, sensory nerve damage may lead to a lessening or absence of sensation, where nothing at all is felt.
Autonomic nerve damage affects internal organs and involuntary functions and can lead to abnormal blood pressure and heart rate, reduced ability to perspire, constipation, bladder dysfunction, diarrhea, incontinence, sexual dysfunction, and thinning of the skin.
How is neuropathy diagnosed?
Peripheral neuropathy is often not easy to diagnose. It is not a single disease, but a symptom with often several potential causes. The standard diagnostic process begins with a full medical history with physical and neurological exams that will examine tendon reflexes, muscle strength and tone, the ability to feel sensations, and posture and coordination. Blood tests are also common in order for doctors to measure levels of vitamin B-12. Other common tests include urinalysis, thyroid function tests, and a nerve conduction study that includes electromyography (to measure electrical discharges produced in muscles). Physicians may also recommend a nerve biopsy, where a small portion of nerve is removed and examined under a microscope.
How is neuropathy treated?
There are a variety of treatments available for peripheral neuropathy. They range from traditional pills and creams to special diets and therapies that stimulate the nervous system. Antidepressants, especially tricyclics and selective serotonin-norepinephrine re-uptake inhibitors (SNRI's), are a favored treatment for neuropathies. They will relieve neuropathic pain in non-depressed persons. Another class of medicines commonly prescribed for neuropathy is that of anticonvulsants. These medicines block calcium channels on neurons to limit pain. Opioid narcotic treatments for neuropathy are used as well to treat the condition, but are less favored because of the risk of dependency. However, opioids have been the most consistently effective in reducing pain.
For some types of neuropathy, such as post-herpes neuralgia, physicians recommend treatment with a topical anesthetic such as lidocaine. Topical applications of capsaicin (the chemical that makes peppers hot) has also been used to treat neuropathic pain.
Alternative therapies for peripheral neuropathy include cannabinoids (a class of chemicals found in marijuana), Botulinum Toxin Type A (better known as Botox), NMDA antagonists (such as ketamine), dietary supplements (such as alpha lipoic and benfotiamine), chiropractic massages, yoga, meditation, cognitive therapy, and accupuncture.
A final class of therapies for neuropathy are called neuro-modulators. These include both implantable and non-implantable technologies (electrical and chemical) such as spinal cord stimulators, implanted spinal pumps, electrodes that stimulate the motor cortex of the brain, and methods called deep brain stimulation.
How can neuropathy be managed and prevented?
There are several ways to manage neuropathy and prevent its symptoms. Good foot health is important, especially for diabetics. Patients should check feet for blisters, cuts, or calluses and avoid tight fitting shoes and socks. Doctors can recommend an exercise plan that will reduce neuropathy pain and control blood sugar levels. Patients should also quit smoking and eat healthful meals. Massages of hands and feet may also aid neuropathy management by stimulating nerves and temporarily relieving pain. Finally, avoid prolonged pressure on knees or elbows in order to prevent new nerve damage.
Peripheral Neuropathy is one of the most common chronic diseases in the U.S…over 20 million Americans have it. Peripheral neuropathy or “nerve damage” disrupts the body’s ability to communicate with its muscles, skin, joints, or internal organs. Peripheral neuropathy can be compared to the body’s electrical wiring system breaking down, causing numbness, pain, weakness and poor coordination
Mononeuropathy may involve any part of the body. Some of the common forms of mononeuropathy include:
Common peroneal nerve dysfunction
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Cranial mononeuropathy III; compression type
Cranial mononeuropathy III; diabetic type
Cranial mononeuropathy VI
Cranial mononeuropathy VII
Femoral nerve dysfunction
Radial nerve dysfunction
Sciatic nerve dysfunction
Ulnar nerve dysfunction
Symptoms depend on the specific nerve affected, and may include:
Loss of sensation
Tingling, burning, pain, abnormal sensations
Signs and tests
A detailed medical history is needed to determine the possible cause of the disorder. An examination and nerve and muscle testing may show a loss of feeling, movement, or other problems with a specific nerve. Reflexes may be abnormal. Tests may include:
Electromyogram (EMG) -- a recording of electrical activity in muscles
Nerve conduction tests (NCV) -- recording the speed of electrical activity in the nerves
Other tests may include:
Antinuclear antibody panel (ANA)
Blood chemistry tests
Imaging scans, such as MRI or CT scan
The goal of treatment is to allow you to use the affected body part as much as possible. The cause of the mononeuropathy should be identified and treated as appropriate. Sometimes, no treatment is needed and you will get better on your own. High blood pressure and diabetes can injure an artery, which can often affect a single nerve. The underlying condition should be treated. Corticosteroids injected into the area may reduce swelling and pressure on the nerve if it is being pinched or trapped against another part of the body, such as a bone. Surgery may be recommended if symptoms are caused by entrapment of the nerve. Surgery to relieve the pressure on the nerve may help in some cases.
Over-the-counter or prescription pain medicine may be needed to control pain (neuralgia).
Prescription medications such as gabapentin, pregabalin, phenytoin, carbamazepine, or antidepressants such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline, or duloxetine may be used to reduce stabbing pains. Whenever possible, avoid or minimize the use of these drugs to reduce the risk of medication side effects.
Physical therapy exercises to maintain muscle strength
Orthopedic braces, splints, or other appliances
Vocational counseling, occupational therapy, occupational changes, job retraining
Mononeuropathy may be disabling and painful. If the cause of the nerve disfunction can be found and successfully treated, a full recovery is possible and even likely in some cases. The amount of disability varies from no disability to partial or complete loss of movement or sensation. Nerve pain may be uncomfortable and may last for a long time.
Deformity, loss of tissue mass
Medication side effects
Repeated or unnoticed injury to the affected area due to lack of sensation
Avoiding pressure or traumatic injury may prevent many forms of mononeuropathy. Treating conditions such as high blood pressure or diabetes also decreases your risk of developing the condition.
Cannabinoids Treat Neuropathy
Neuropathic pain remains a significant clinical problem because it responds poorly to available therapies.
Neuropathic pain is often refractory to conventional pharmacotherapies, necessitating validation of novel analgesics.
Effects of genetic disruption of cannabinoid receptors or enzymes controlling endocannabinoid
degradation on neuropathic nociception are described. Specific forms of allodynia and hyperalgesia modulated by cannabinoids are also considered. In humans, effects of smoked marijuana, synthetic 9-THC analogs (e.g., Marinol, Cesamet) and medicinal cannabis preparations containing both 9-THC and
cannabidiol (e.g., Sativex, Cannador) in neuropathic pain states are reviewed. Clinical studies largely affirm that neuropathic pain patients derive benefits from cannabinoid treatment. Subjective (i.e., rating scales) and objective (i.e., stimulus evoked) measures of pain and quality of life are considered.
Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Neuropathic Pain
Tannia Gutierrez; Andrea G Hohmann
The isolation of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the major psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, set the stage for the discovery of an endogenous cannabinoid (endocannabinoid) transmitter system. Endogenous signaling molecules for this system were subsequently isolated. Anandamide and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG), the best characterized endocannabinoids isolated to date, bind to and activate cannabinoid CB1 and CB2 receptors. CB1 is the primary cannabinoid receptor found in the CNS, whereas CB2 is predominantly, but not exclusively, found in the immune system. The discovery of cannabinoid receptors allowed researchers to synthesize cannabinoids and characterize their pain-relieving properties. Anandamide and 2-AG are degraded by the enzymes fatty-acid amide hydrolase and monoacylglycerol lipase, respectively. Enzymes catalyzing endocannabinoid breakdown also represent targets for analgesic drug development. This article will briefly summarize the findings of preclinical and clinical studies evaluating the therapeutic and side-effect profile of cannabinoids as pharmacotherapies for neuropathic pain.
Nice easy way out, huh racist? Intellectual laziness is an attribute shared by many of your ilk, racists, bigots and such. It's a lot easier for the reefer madness crowd to just pretend these afflictions that MMJ helps just simply don't exist. God help you Fraudz.
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5 Christian Right Leaders in Desperate Need of a Civics Lesson About How America Works
The religious right engages in wishful thinking.
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Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay captured headlines recently with a claim that God wrote the U.S. Constitution. The strange assertion does a great disservice to James Madison, who is generally acknowledged as the "Father of the Constitution," but it’s hardly the weirdest thing members of the far right have said about U.S. government over the years.
The truth is, many leaders of the Religious Right and their followers could use a civics lesson. Their descriptions of American government and the history behind it are usually bound up more in wishful thinking than reality. Like creationists who made up a fake “science” because they don’t like evolution, Religious Right acolytes are prone to rewrite our nation’s governing documents to fit their preconceived notions.
Here are some great moments in Religious Right civics (mis)education:
1. David Barton says the three branches of government come straight from the Old Testament. David Barton is a Texas-based pseudo-historian much beloved by the Religious Right. Barton doesn’t actually have a degree in history—he graduated from Oral Roberts University with a degree in Christian Education—but that hasn’t stopped him from posing as a professor.
Barton is buddies with Glenn Beck, who uses him as “faculty” for online classes that are marketed to gullible people. In 2010, Talking Points Memo actually paid money to view some of the classes. In one lecture, Barton helpfully explained that the three branches of the U.S. government are based on a passage from the Book of Isaiah.
The Old Testament is full of autocratic kings, not democracy. So where did Barton come up with this notion? You just have to know how to read the book. In case you’re wondering, the passage in question, Isaiah 33:22, reads, “For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; he will save us.” That pretty much settles it.
Elsewhere in the video, Barton explained that the separation of powers comes from Jeremiah 17:9 and tax exemption for churches (which, by the way, isn’t even mentioned in the Constitution) comes from Ezra 7:24.
2. Bryan Fischer advocates limiting voting to those who own property. Fischer, director of issue analysis for government and public policy at the American Family Association, seems to pine for the 19th century. In January, he outdid himself by advocating limiting voting to property holders only.
“You know, back in the day, the colonial period, you had to be a landowner, a property owner, to be eligible to vote, and I don’t think that’s a bad idea,” Fisher said on his radio program. “And the reason is very simple: If somebody owns property in a community, they’re vested in that community. If they’re renters, they’re gonna be up and gone. They could leave the next day. They’ve got no tie to the community, they’ve got no long-term investment in the community. But someone who owns property, he cares, now he cares, about the public policies that manage that community.”
Aside from Fischer’s dubious assertions—who says renters don’t care about their communities?—what he’s advocating here is elitist and fundamentally anti-democratic, which is why such policies no longer exist. Although common during the colonial era, property qualifications for voting began disappearing in the early 1800s and were pretty much a memory by 1850.
3. Pat Robertson says nothing in the Constitution calls for separation of church and state. TV preacher Pat Robertson holds a law degree from Yale Law School, but you would never know that based on the things he says about the Constitution.
According to Robertson, “there is no such thing in the Constitution” as church-state separation; that concept is “a lie of the left.” Robertson has asserted that the separation of church and state comes from “the constitution of the communist Soviet Union.” Robertson publications have compared the “wall of separation between church and state”—a metaphor used by Thomas Jefferson—to the Berlin Wall.
Robertson’s attacks on church-state separation go back to the early 1980s and continue at a brisk pace today. Last year Robertson marked the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on his “700 Club” program by once again bemoaning the supposed lack of religious faith in America, which he blamed on the separation policy. He also asserted (incorrectly) that religion has been eliminated from public schools. Americans, Robertson said, have gone astray.
“The reason is they have lost their faith in God, they have lost their faith in Jesus Christ, they don’t believe in what the Bible says and the core values of our society have gone away,” Robertson groused. “We’ve done it here in America. We’ve abolished prayer in the schools, we’ve taken out Bible-reading in the schools and little by little by little we’ve eroded the rights—we keep talking about separation and this that and the other.”
4. Jay Sekulow says the Ten Commandments symbolize American law. Sekulow, chief attorney for TV preacher Pat Robertson, is a big fan of the Ten Commandments. His right-wing legal group, the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), frequently litigates in court to defend displays of the Ten Commandments in courthouses and other government buildings.
The Ten Commandments, Sekulow’s ACLJ asserts, “have long stood as a symbol of the ideals embodied in America’s judicial system” and “form a bright strand in the fabric of America’s heritage and legal development.”
There’s a big problem with statements like these: They are pretty much the exact opposite of the truth. The Ten Commandments would be the basis for a theocratic government, not one based on religious liberty. Several of the commandments attempt to regulate humankind’s relationship to God and have no reflection in U.S. secular law. (In other words, in this country you’re allowed to worship “false gods,” you can bow before graven images and you don’t have to remember or keep holy the Sabbath.)
In 2003, a collection of 41 historians and legal scholars demolished the “Ten-Commandments-Is-The-Basis-Of-U.S.-Law” school of thought once and for all. In a case from Alabama, they filed a devastating legal brief. The scholars surveyed the sources used by the Founders when writing the Constitution and found no references to the Ten Commandments. Instead, the Founders relied on English common and statutory law, Roman law, the civil law of continental Europe and strains of international law. American law, they pointed out, was also influenced by the writings of William Blackstone, John Locke, Adam Smith and others as well as the Magna Carta, the Federalist Papers and other sources.
“Each of these documents had a far greater influence on America's laws than the Ten Commandments,” asserted the brief. “Indeed, the legal and historical record does not include significant and meaningful references to the Ten Commandments, the Pentateuch or to biblical law generally….[A]s can best be determined, no delegate ever mentioned the Ten Commandments or the Bible.”
5. Ben Carson says divine intervention created America. Carson is a surgeon and author of inspirational, quasi-Christian self-help books. He’s also quite popular among the Religious Right, and his name has been bandied about as a possible presidential candidate for the Republican Party in 2016.
Like a lot of right-wingers, Carson believes God loves America best and takes a special interest in our nation. In a recent opinion column, Carson asserted, “There are many well-documented stories about God’s intervention on behalf of our country during the War of Independence.”
Despite claiming there are “many” of these stories, Carson told only one: a hoary chestnut about Benjamin Franklin leading the delegates in prayer during a particularly difficult moment of the Constitutional Convention. The tale was much loved by U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) who delighted in telling it on the floor of the Senate in the 1980s when arguing for school prayer amendments.
Of course, it’s false. Franklin did indeed make a suggestion for prayer during the 1787 convention, but his motion was not acted on. Instead the delegates broke up the meeting and reconvened later, where they managed to finish work on the Constitution relying solely on human intervention.
Instead of trying to rewrite American history to make the Constitution say things it plainly does not say, Religious Right leaders would do better simply to admit that they find that document lacking and yearn for a do-over.
Every now and then, one of them does that. In 2008, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who was running for president at the time, told an audience in Michigan, “I have opponents in this race who do not want to change the Constitution. But I believe it's a lot easier to change the Constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God. And that's what we need to do—to amend the Constitution so it’s in God's standards rather than try to change God’s standards so it lines up with some contemporary view.”
Of course, Huckabee doesn’t want to rewrite the Constitution according to God’s standards. He wants to rewrite it according to what Mike Huckabee thinks are God’s standards. Those two concepts may not have much in common, which is why, at the end of the day, it’s best to tell Huckabee and other Religious Right zealots to hang up their powdered wigs and leave the handiwork of James Madison alone.
US imperialism, Ukraine and the danger of World War III
5 March 2014
Are we standing on the brink of a nuclear war? That is the question that everyone should be asking.
The US-backed coup in Ukraine has triggered the most dangerous international crisis since the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962. American and European officials are denouncing Russia for sending troops into Crimea in response to the installation of an anti-Russian regime in Ukraine that has seized power through a coup d’état staged by fascist militia.
The Obama administration appears determined to escalate the confrontation with Moscow. Demanding a withdrawal of all Russian forces from Crimea and the Kremlin’s total acceptance of the new US-NATO puppet regime in Kiev, the US is calling for sanctions aimed at the complete economic isolation of Russia.
On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry threatened at a press conference in Kiev that the US is seeking to “isolate Russia politically, diplomatically and economically.” His statements were echoed by bellicose threats from leading American politicians.
Senator John McCain delivered an anti-Russian rant from the well of the Senate in which he again expressed regret that the United States had not intervened in the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia. He accused Putin of engaging in “the old Russian, Soviet doublespeak” and called for a “quick path for Moldova and Georgia to move into NATO.”
The Obama administration feigns shock and horror over the Russian response to the Ukrainian coup. This is nothing but deceitful and cynical posturing. It knew full well that the imposition of an anti-Russian puppet regime in Kiev, controlled by the US and NATO, would be viewed by Putin and the Russian military as a massive change in the geo-strategic environment in Eastern Europe and an existential threat to Russia.
It is inconceivable that the White House, the Pentagon and the CIA did not foresee that Putin would respond to the coup in Kiev. Can anyone seriously believe that Washington did not expect that Russia, at the very minimum, would deploy military forces to secure control of Crimea—a part of Russia until 1954, the home of Russia’s Black Sea fleet and its sole access point into the Mediterranean? Or that Washington knew Russia would not simply turn the other cheek as the installation of an extreme rightwing government in Ukraine, in which xenophobic nationalists exert immense influence, transformed the country into the new forward base for NATO forces, armed with missiles, on the very border of Russia?
The real reasons for the current drive against Russia have nothing to do with the “national sovereignty” of Ukraine or the sanctity of international law. US-Russian tensions have grown more intense in recent years as American efforts to expand Washington’s control over the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia have met with limited resistance from Moscow.
In Syria, Russian support for the Assad regime forced the United States to carry out a temporary retreat last September and put on hold its plans for direct military intervention. The American ruling class cannot abide any interference with its imperialist operations. US imperialism’s plans for the restructuring of the entire world in its interests include the carving up of Russia into smaller and more easily digestible pieces.
US foreign policy concerns not only external aims, but also internal pressures. The social and political structure of the country is so fragile and so loaded with explosive contradictions that the ruling class requires endless military interventions and wars to distract and disorient the American people.
More than five years into a massive economic crisis, the US ruling elite is well aware of widespread restlessness and discontent within the country. There is growing popular recognition of and anger over the staggering level of social inequality. The unending series of wars are aimed at providing an external release of internal social pressures.
Has the toxic interaction of unrestrained imperialist ambitions and fear of domestic unrest produced a situation where the US ruling elite is prepared to risk nuclear war? The actions of the United States government provide the answer.
But whatever the immediate intentions of the Obama administration, the dynamic of imperialism has a logic of its own. The US has provoked a situation in Ukraine in which any one of countless actions on the ground could, whether intentionally or not, trigger a chain of events that spiral out of control.
Even if this particular crisis is resolved, it will not take long before another one emerges. Sooner or later, one of these crises will trigger a nuclear catastrophe.
The voice of the workers, youth, and all those opposed to war must be heard! The history of the twentieth century, whose lessons are so profoundly relevant to the conditions that exist in the twenty-first, proves that war can only be stopped through the unified action of the international working class, based on a program of international socialism.
Barry Grey and David North
Really now? If all you contards are going to second guess everything that Obama does or doesn't do, then surely you must have answers as to the correct way to do things, aka what would your boy Mittens do? Quit playing dodgeball and step up to the plate, know it alls!! Irelevant my eye!