“A full-blown conflict can be provoked by a failure in electronics, a false report in the media or an ill-advised order, the expert believes. For example, fake news about the terrorist attack in Washington or Moscow will be a sufficient basis for a nuclear confrontation, ”the expert writes.
At the same time, he stresses that "the leading military powers have a much more crushing potential than is necessary - in a few days a full-scale nuclear conflict will destroy millions of people and lead to the death of mankind."
The author’s fears also reinforce the attitude of the American authorities to arms mass destruction.
We are the only country in the world that believes it has won the war thanks to weapons of mass destruction, incendiary and atomic bombs. We are the only ones who believe that all this was justified. Such an attitude towards weapons is very dangeroushe notes.
At the end of his book, Ellsberg makes several recommendations to prevent collapse: "The United States should not unleash a war and be the first to use nuclear weapons; they should also abolish the ground component of the nuclear triad." He is not sure that such changes will occur, but this initiative should be lobbied.
With nuclear weapons, jokes are bad. And this applies not only to the "crazy" leaders of third world countries,concludes the author.
American military analyst Daniel Ellsberg in 1959, he began working at the RAND research center, where he worked on US nuclear strategy issues. He worked on a secret report on US-Vietnamese relations, known as the "Pentagon Papers."
Being critical of US actions in Vietnam, in 1971, he gave a report to The New York Times. He faced 115 years in prison, but in the end, Ellsberg was acquitted. The analyst supports the activities of Julian Assange and the site WikiLeaks.