Oct. 1—Sept. 26, 2022, the day that the two Nord Stream gas pipelines were sabotaged in an act of international terrorism—will go down in history as a decisive turning point in the global strategic situation. Either that event will be the opening shot in a rapidly escalating series of U.S.-U.K.-NATO extreme provocations against Russia—up to and including actually launching tactical nuclear weapons on Ukrainian territory, which would then be blamed on Russia, and which NATO would then “respond to” with nuclear strikes against Russia itself. Or, the stunning implications of the Nord Stream sabotage will serve to wake up sufficient forces in the United States and Europe to derail the current drive by the Western Establishment for end-game confrontation with Russia and China. That, in turn, would open the door to serious international deliberation on a new security and development paradigm to provide for Mankind’s continuing progress.