The defeat of Hillary Clinton: did it enable us to avoid a Third World War?

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The election of Trump in the United States is considered as a disaster by those concerned with human rights, and those concerned about the rise of fascism throughout the world, as detailed in other articles. However, for some observers, normally respected for their historical wisdom, it could have been even worse for the world if Clinton had been elected. Had she been elected we risked further confrontation with Russia and perhaps a nuclear war that would destroy the earth.

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For example, this is the perspective of Johan Galtung, the peace researcher who, among other things, predicted the crash of the Soviet empire, and the impending crash of the American empire: “Moreover, any demonstrator who voted for Clinton voted for war; preferring a possible nuclear war with Russia to controversial Trump. Do people with that political profile merit being taken seriously?”

In the United States, the concerns were clearly expressed by the Green Party presidentail candidate Jill Stein, but she was frozen out of the media coverage of the elections:

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Question for this article:

How close have we come to destroying the planet in a nuclear war?

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“It is now Hillary Clinton that wants to start an air war with Russia over Syria by calling for a no fly zone. We have 2000 nuclear missiles on hairtrigger alert. They are saying we are closer to a nuclear war than we have ever been. Under Hillary Clinton, we could slide into nuclear war very quickly from her declared policy in Syria. I sure won’t sleep well at night if Donald Trump is elected, but I sure won’t sleep well at night if Hillary Clinton elected. We have another choice other than these two candidates who are both promoting lethal policies. On the issue of war and nuclear weapons, it is actually Hillary’s policies which are much scarier than Donald Trump who does not want to go to war with Russia.”

As Secretary of State in the first term of Obama, Hillary Clinton was personally responsible for the unprovoked attack and overthrow of the legitimate government of Libya in 2011, and the covert support for forces to overthrow the legitimate government of Syria. And perhaps most dangerous of all, it was the team that she left at the Department of State and the CIA that was ultimately responsible in 2014 for the support for a right-wing regime change in the Ukraine and the subsequent civil war with the pro-Russian region in eastern Ukraine, a direct provocation of Russia.

As described in a pre-election opinion piece in Truth Out: “During Clinton’s service as secretary of state, she promoted regime change in Syria, Libya and Honduras with disastrous results, and presided over the resurgence of the Cold War with Russia. A return to Bill Clinton’s warmongering foreign policies through a Hillary Clinton presidency will likely result in at the very least, increased tensions with Russia, and at the worst, the next World War.”

A long and detailed history of Hillary Clinton’s militaristic approach has been compiled by Stephen Zunes in The Cairo Review of Global Affairs.

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