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Addressing NATO Missiles in Eastern Europe

Written by GreyRaven   
Sunday, 14 December 2014 08:46
If the U.S. government and NATO continue to ramp up tensions against the Russian Federation as they have been, in complete disregard to the potential dangers such actions might have, it is very likely, that Vladimir Putin will soon be forced to make the following speech and then act upon what he says.

Putin’s address:

“Neither the Russian Federation nor the world community of nations can tolerate deliberate deception and offensive threats on the part of any nation, large or small. We no longer live in a world where only the actual firing of weapons represents a sufficient challenge to a nation's security to constitute maximum peril. Nuclear weapons are so destructive and ballistic missiles are so swift, that any substantially increased possibility of their use or any sudden change in their deployment may well be regarded as a definite threat to peace.

"For many years, both the Russian Federation and the United States, recognizing this fact, have deployed strategic nuclear weapons with great care, never upsetting the precarious status quo which insured that these weapons would not be used in the absence of some vital challenge. Our own strategic missiles have never been transferred to the territory of any other nation under a cloak of secrecy and deception; and our history--unlike that of America since the end of World War II--demonstrates that we have no desire to dominate or conquer any other nation or impose our system upon its people. Nevertheless, Russian citizens have become adjusted to living daily on the bull's-eye of American missiles located inside the United States or in submarines.

"In that sense, missiles in Eastern Europe add to an already clear and present danger--although it should be noted the nations of Eurasia have never previously been subjected to a potential nuclear threat.

"But this secret, swift, and extraordinary buildup of NATO missiles--in an area well known to have a special and historical relationship to the Russian Federation and the nations of the Eastern Hemisphere, in violation of American and European assurances, and in defiance of Russian and hemispheric policy--this sudden, clandestine decision to station strategic weapons for the first time on Eastern European soil--is a deliberately provocative and unjustified change in the status quo which cannot be accepted by this country, if our courage and our commitments are ever to be trusted again by either friend or foe.

"The 1930's taught us a clear lesson: aggressive conduct, if allowed to go unchecked and unchallenged, ultimately leads to war. This nation is opposed to war. We are also true to our word. Our unswerving objective, therefore, must be to prevent the use of these missiles against this or any other country, and to secure their withdrawal or elimination from Eastern Europe.

"Our policy has been one of patience and restraint, as befits a peaceful and powerful nation, which leads its own alliances. We have been determined not to be diverted from our central concerns by mere irritants and fanatics. But now further action is required-and it is under way; and these actions may only be the beginning. We will not prematurely or unnecessarily risk the costs of worldwide nuclear war in which even the fruits of victory would be ashes in our mouth--but neither will we shrink from that risk at any time it must be faced.”

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In case you are wondering, why I have posted this hypothetical excerpt of a speech by Vladimir Putin, one that can be very much expected in light of the ongoing escalation, and used this sometimes anachronistic wording, you should know, that I have simply taken John F. Kennedy’s address on the buildup of arms in Cuba, delivered to the American nation on October 22nd. 1962 and reversed the positions, which existed then, by 180 degrees.

I believe that JFK’s words are as true now, albeit in a different context, as they were spoken then. We all know how close the world came to nuclear annihilation in 1962.

I sincerely hope, that we will not arrive at that same and final precipice, once again. your social media marketing partner
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