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Media's Dangerous Drumbeat: Anticipating New Wars

In recent weeks, a series of alarming statements by supposed regional experts have dominated headlines, foretelling the possibility of wars breaking out in different corners of the world. These experts, featured prominently in mainstream media outlets, have been irresponsibly stoking fears without concrete evidence. This dangerous trend raises the question: Why are media experts expecting more war in every corner?


The warnings about North Korea, China, Russia, and Iran have captured public attention and contributed to rising anxiety among Americans. The timing is especially critical, with the Biden administration already facing challenges and uncertainties, including the looming specter of war against Iran. These speculative debates add pressure to an administration navigating a complex geopolitical landscape.


The fear-inducing rhetoric is not limited to Russia. The warnings of an imminent war between North and South Korea by other experts lack a solid foundation. Kim Jong-un's strategic decisions should be carefully analyzed, considering his past reliance on nuclear weapons programs as a diplomatic tool. The likelihood of China approving a suicidal regional war is low, as it would risk involving the United States and Japan.


Similarly, the anticipation of a Chinese attack against Taiwan contradicts the improving relations between President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping. The mainstream media's amplification of these speculative opinions contributes to a narrative that advocates for increased military force by the US. Recent editorials such as "North Korea goes from bad to much, much worse" and "The US needs to strike Iran, and make it smart" from the media reflect a concerning trend.


It is crucial to note that the mainstream media's role in amplifying these expert opinions without scrutinizing their basis further heightens public anxiety. The rush to advocate for military solutions neglects the lessons of history, particularly the consequences of the Bush administration's misuse of military power in Iraq in 2003.


In these tumultuous times, it is imperative for official Washington to take a step back and consider diplomatic options for dealing with Iran, North Korea, Russia, and China. The dangers of speculative war rhetoric can become a self-fulfilling prophecy, and responsible journalism should prioritize evidence-based analysis over sensationalism.


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