Monday :: Jun 4, 2007

Deja vu


by Erin Alecto

This sounds familiar:

Speaking to foreign reporters days before he travels to Germany for the annual summit with President Bush and the other Group of Eight leaders, Putin assailed the White House plan to place a radar system in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in neighboring Poland. Washington says the system is needed to counter a potential threat from Iran.

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"The strategic balance in the world is being upset and in order to restore this balance without creating an anti-missile defense on our territory we will be creating a system of countering that anti-missile system, which is what we are doing now,"

Having grown up during the tail-end of the Cold War, and having experienced the constant worry over whether our "leaders" would one-up each other into a nuclear winter, I find this talk disturbing. No one is fooled, frankly, by claims of the Iranian "threat," least of all the Iranians - who call the idea that the US is protecting Europe from them a joke, since they don't yet have missiles that can reach that far. Not that the missile defense system is much of a sheild, in any case. Clearly, Russia's slide away from democracy is a concern, but is it necessary to start up another Cold War?

Erin Alecto :: 7:23 AM :: Comments (5) :: Digg It!