The only way Russia can survive encroachment from Western countries is to launch a devastating nuclear attack on the United States that would spark a “super volcano” and massive earthquakes, says a former member of the Russian military’s general staff.
Konstantin Sivkov, now a leading Russian expert in military, strategic and geopolitical affairs, wants Russia to use nuclear weapons to trigger the Yellowstone super volcano and/or a massive earthquake along the San Andreas Fault in an attempt to destroy America.
“The consequences will be catastrophic for the United States — a country just disappears,” Sivkov said of the detonation of a small nuclear weapon at Yellowstone National Park. He penned his thoughts in an editorial in the Russian newspaper VPK News, and The Sydney Morning Herald had it translated.
The Australian newspaper reported that Sivkov thinks a nuclear weapon detonated there would trigger the super volcano and cover America with dust.
“Geologists believe that the Yellowstone super volcano could explode at any moment,” he wrote. “There are signs of growing activity there. Therefore it suffices to push the relatively small, for example the impact of the munition megaton class, to initiate an eruption.
Yellowstone sits on a giant volcano that is 55 miles long, 18 miles wide and three to nine miles deep. If it erupted, the super volcano could release 2,000 times the explosive forces as the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980, scientists say. Such an explosion would devastate the United States.
“Another vulnerable area of the United States from the geophysical point of view,” Sivkov wrote, “is the San Andreas fault – 1,300 kilometers between the Pacific and North American plates … a detonation of a nuclear weapon there can trigger catastrophic events like a coast-scale tsunami which can completely destroy the infrastructure of the United States.”
Sivkov believes that setting off a nuclear bomb at the right point on the San Andreas Fault would trigger “the big one,” a massive earthquake that could devastate the West Coast. The quake could destroy America’s busiest port – Los Angeles — and help bring the American economy to a screeching halt. It also would disrupt food production in California, which grows much of America’s fruits and vegetables.
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Strategist Believes War between US and Russia Imminent
Sivkov believes such an attack is necessary because he thinks the United States and NATO are planning to attack and destroy Russia.
“The ultimate goal of the United States of America is to destroy Russia,” Sivkov said in an interview in the Russian newspaper Pravda in December. He compared the United States to Nazi Germany and the situation today to the beginning of the Cold War in 1949.
“The American elite will not be held accountable for anything until their military machine is destroyed,” Sivkov said.
Sivkov is described as the president of a Russian think tank, the Academy of Geopolitical Problems. The BBC identified Sivkov as a “retired officer of the Russian military’s staff” in 2013 but did not reveal his rank or which of the armed forces he served. A picture in The Sydney Morning Herald shows Sivkov wearing what could be a Russian general or colonel uniform.
He has a history of making eye-catching remarks, although nothing in the past has approached his latest remarks.
“The weakened economic potential in Russia, the loss of the ‘spiritual core of what was the communist idea’, and the lack of large-scale community allies in Europe such as the Warsaw Pact, Russia simply cannot compete against the NATO and its allies,” Sivkov said at the 2013 Moscow Economic Forum.
He told Pravda, “The Soviet Union had a clear ideology when it entered the Cold War. The Soviet ideology was recognized globally. The USSR also had the consolidated classless society. The USSR was led by unconditional patriots who won the war. The Soviet Union had the economy the potential of which was equal to 30-50 percent of the US economy. The USSR had a well-developed industry that did not depend on the West. The Soviet industry could develop independently.”
He also thinks that a war between the West and Russia is inevitable
“We are entering the war being in a catastrophic situation,” Sivkov said. “Extraordinary measures should be taken. If these measures are not taken, our country will be defeated very quickly. The only thing that holds back the West today is our nuclear capability.”
It is not clear if Sivkov’s beliefs are shared by other Russian leaders, such as President Vladimir Putin.
The United States and other nations imposed sanctions on Russia following the crisis in the Ukraine. Russia’s economy is now close to collapse because of the sanctions and the fall in oil prices. Russia is also suffering from hyperinflation; the country had an inflation rate of 16.7 percent in February.
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