That’s the transformative Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, in an opinion piece written for Time magazine and published Friday.
“Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous,” he writes. “Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus.”
The result, he observes, is a global risk profile that has grown untenable. Noting that there has been back sliding since the days when the global consensus that nuclear war was an unacceptable outcome successfully brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the negotiating table, Gorbachev argues that, led by Washington and Moscow, there must now be a resumption of political dialogue aiming at joint decisions and joint action — covering topics broader than terrorism.
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