Cold War 2 may have officially begun now that even U.S. Senators and House Representatives are claiming Vladimir Putin has dragged the Earth into another confrontation between two major world powers over the situation in Ukraine. Putin even recently revived a Cold War 1 spy base in Cuba in order to keep closer tabs on the U.S. mainland. Now it's believed the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 may be the tipping point which escalates the measures President Obama and Congress may be willing to use against Russia.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a conspiracy theory involving Flight MH17 claims the victims' bodies were decomposing and that they had been dead for days. Some conspiracy theorists believe the shooting down of commercial jet was a false flag attack intended to draw countries into a larger conflict.
Earlier this year, some journalists claimed the Ukraine crisis had already started World War 3 and we just did not recognize it yet. The belief that Cold War 2 has started over Ukraine may even be supported by many in the U.S. since a a new survey from the Pew Research Center shows 23 percent of Americans believe Russia is the biggest threat to the United States, with China in second place with 19 percent.
Fortunately, while Russia's state TV made threats about turning the U.S. into radioactive ash, and the Russian military even ran nuclear weapons drills, Putin seems content to not enter Russia into a direct confrontation, although some claim Russia is secretly backing the Ukraine rebels by supplying them with weapons and expertise.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein recently made it clear that Cold War 2 has begun by admitting that U.S.-Russian relations had reached Cold War levels. Feinstein also claims Putin needs to "man up" by admitting the Ukrainian rebels shot down Flight MH17 by mistake. Led by Germany, NATO countries are pushing for sanctions against Russia and Feinstein thinks this is the best solution for confronting Russia. Although some in Congress believe it's best to directly arm Ukraine as Russia has allegedly done with the rebels, Feinstein says, "I'm opposed to giving this kind of equipment to anybody."
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul also agreed that Cold War 2 may have begun:
"I believe, as you asked Senator Feinstein, that Mr. Putin is returning to a cold war mentality. When I was over there, you could see this nationalistic pride, a sort of resurgence to regain the glory of the old days of the Soviet Empire and so we're seeing that happen with Crimea being annexed."Despite the recent threat of U.S. sanctions, it's claimed that Russia and China have been waging economic warfare against the United States for years and Cold War 2 has only intensified in 2014. Former President Bill Clinton even believes Putin's actions are bigger than another Cold War, instead claiming that "Putin wants to re-establish Russian greatness, not in Cold War terms — in 19th-century-empire terms." Essentially, Clinton argues that Putin is trying to return Russia to size it was when the country was an empire and Hillary Clinton even once compared Putin to Adolph Hitler.