Europe is once again the theater of a major armed conflict, the worst since the Second World War ended in 1945. Four of the belligerents possess their own nuclear weapons: the Russian Federation, the United States, Great Britain, and France. Several nato nations have U.S. nuclear weapons stationed on their territory: Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and Turkey. Russia recently sent nuclear weapons to its ally Belarus.

One would think that a proxy war in Europe between Russia and nato—threatening the first hot conflict between nuclear-armed formations—would trigger a major upsurge in peace movements. It hasn’t. The contrast between the present decade and the twilight years of the Cold War could not be greater. That was the time of Russia’s invasion of Afghanistan, of...


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