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Scholar: "Less Risk of Nuclear War After Trump Withdrawal"

According to Noam Chomsky, "the most dangerous government in world history" was at work under President Donald Trump. There is no other political figure in history who has devoted its main efforts to trying to destroy the prospects for human life on earth, the US scholar told the Bremen-based Weser-Kurier: "Not Genghis Khan, not Attila the Hun, nobody I can think of. "

Trump was unique, added Chomsky. In his term of office that ended on Wednesday, he worked very hard to maximize the use of fossil fuels and to remove the regulations that have somewhat mitigated their effects. "It was a race to catastrophe. And the Trump administration knew exactly what it was doing."

Increasing threat

Chomsky (92) is a professor emeritus of linguistics, one of the world's best-known left-wing intellectuals and one of the most prominent critics of US politics since the 1960s. According to him, the threat of nuclear war has also increased significantly in recent years.

"There was an arms control regime that had been painstakingly built over almost 60 years," said Chomsky. "But Trump dismantled it. It's almost completely gone." In addition, the recently divorced US president - but also others - initiated the development of new and far more dangerous nuclear weapons. Combined with provocative actions in many parts of the world and a series of unjustified attacks on Iran, this has greatly increased the risk of nuclear war.

President Trump leaving the White House (on Wednesday): Dismantling the arms control regime?

Since Trump gave up control of US nuclear weapons when he left office, the world has "probably become a bit safer," added Chomsky. Because Trump was unpredictable. "It would have been possible for him to suddenly say, 'Okay, I'll do it!' In a fit of psychotic anxiety."

Chomsky described the first steps of the new US President Joe Biden as encouraging. But there are many problems that have to be overcome. Biden's own programs were nowhere near enough to deal with two major problems threatening human survival: the growing threat of nuclear war and the environmental disaster.

AR / ml (epd, Weserkurier)