Is Russia threatening WAR against US for attack on Syria?

Syria, Russia slam US over airstrike on Syrian air base – FOX News.

  • Syria and Russia on Friday lambasted the United States for its airstrike against a Syrian air base, with Russia blasting it as an “act of aggression against a sovereign Syria.

Russian warship steams toward US destroyers that launched Syria strikes – FOX News.

  • A Russian warship entered the eastern Mediterranean Friday and was heading toward the area where two U.S. Navy destroyers launched missile strikes into Syria, Fox News has learned.
  • The Russian frigate, Admiral Grigorovich RFS-494, crossed through the Bosphorus Strait “a few hours ago” from the Black Sea, according to a U.S. defense official.
  • The Russian warship is now in the eastern Mediterranean steaming in the direction of the U.S. warships.
  • The Admiral Grigorovich is armed with advanced Kalibr cruise missiles.
  • Also Friday, one of the American destroyers that launched the missiles into Syria started heading to an undisclosed location to rearm.
  • The U.S. struck a Syrian airbase in retaliation for this week’s gruesome chemical weapons attack against civilians, including infants and small children, military officials said.
  • The frigate was bound for the Syrian port of Tartus on a routine voyage, the Russian news agency TASS reported Friday, citing a military-diplomatic source.
  • “The Russian ship armed with cruise missiles Kalibr will visit the logistics base in Tartus, Syria,” the source said, according to TASS.

Will Putin order an attack on our ships or threaten to do so if we launch more attacks on Syria – if Syrian President Bashar al-Assad continues to use illegal weapons? Is Assad testing Trump? Is Putin testing Trump? How serious is this? Is it Obama’s fault for drawing the red line and failing to take action when Assad previously crossed it? How far is Trump willing to go against Assad, as well as against ISIS )and others) in Syria? Are we closer to a world war using nuclear weapons because of Obama, or Trump, or both, or justified because of increasing threats against US and our allies? Many questions. Answers to be revealed soon enough.

Countdown to Doomsday:

 

Excerpts from Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Doomsday Clock Timeline

IT IS TWO AND A HALF MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

2017: For the last two years, the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock stayed set at three minutes before the hour, the closest it had been to midnight since the early 1980s. In its two most recent annual announcements on the Clock, the Science and Security Board warned: “The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.” In 2017, we find the danger to be even greater, the need for action more urgent. It is two and a half minutes to midnight, the Clock is ticking, global danger looms. Wise public officials should act immediately, guiding humanity away from the brink. If they do not, wise citizens must step forward and lead the way.  See the full statement from the Science and Security Board on the 2017 time of the Doomsday Clock.

IT IS STILL 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

3 minutes to midnight
2016: “Last year, the Science and Security Board moved the Doomsday Clock forward to three minutes to midnight, noting: ‘The probability of global catastrophe is very high, and the actions needed to reduce the risks of disaster must be taken very soon.’ That probability has not been reduced. The Clock ticks. Global danger looms. Wise leaders should act—immediately.” See the full statement from the Science and Security Board on the 2016 time of the Doomsday Clock.

IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

3 minutes to midnight
2015: “Unchecked climate change, global nuclear weapons modernizations, and outsized nuclear weapons arsenals pose extraordinary and undeniable threats to the continued existence of humanity, and world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.” Despite some modestly positive developments in the climate change arena, current efforts are entirely insufficient to prevent a catastrophic warming of Earth. Meanwhile, the United States and Russia have embarked on massive programs to modernize their nuclear triads-thereby undermining existing nuclear weapons treaties. “The clock ticks now at just three minutes to midnight because international leaders are failing to perform their most important duty—ensuring and preserving the health and vitality of human civilization.”

IT IS 5 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

5 minutes to midnight
2012: “The challenges to rid the world of nuclear weapons, harness nuclear power, and meet the nearly inexorable climate disruptions from global warming are complex and interconnected. In the face of such complex problems, it is difficult to see where the capacity lies to address these challenges.” Political processes seem wholly inadequate; the potential for nuclear weapons use in regional conflicts in the Middle East, Northeast Asia, and South Asia are alarming; safer nuclear reactor designs need to be developed and built, and more stringent oversight, training, and attention are needed to prevent future disasters; the pace of technological solutions to address climate change may not be adequate to meet the hardships that large-scale disruption of the climate portends.

IT IS 6 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

6 minutes to midnight
2010: “We are poised to bend the arc of history toward a world free of nuclear weapons” is the Bulletin’s assessment. Talks between Washington and Moscow for a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty are nearly complete, and more negotiations for further reductions in the U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenal are already planned. The dangers posed by climate change are growing, but there are pockets of progress. Most notably, at Copenhagen, the developing and industrialized countries agree to take responsibility for carbon emissions and to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.

IT IS 5 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

5 minutes to midnight
2007: The world stands at the brink of a second nuclear age. The United States and Russia remain ready to stage a nuclear attack within minutes, North Korea conducts a nuclear test, and many in the international community worry that Iran plans to acquire the Bomb. Climate change also presents a dire challenge to humanity. Damage to ecosystems is already taking place; flooding, destructive storms, increased drought, and polar ice melt are causing loss of life and property.

 

Reported by Jim Lantern

LANTERN TIMEGLASS JOURNAL

11:30am Central Time US, Friday – 7 April 2017

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