Wednesday, August 20, 2008
What a wonderful world...we live in.
Poland and the US just signed an agreement on placing 10 interceptor missiles capable of destroying incoming long-range ballistic missiles in Poland. The official Washington line is that the missiles are being placed in Poland to: “protect the US and its allies from "rogue states" such as Iran.” Moscow, however, does not agree with the party line and says that:” the missile shield makes Russia a target of the United States.”
Russian General Anatoly Nogovitsyn said that any new US assets in Europe could come under Russian nuclear attack with his forces targeting "the allies of countries having nuclear weapons." By hosting the missiles, Poland was making itself a target. As quoted: “This is 100 per cent certain. It becomes a target for attack. Such targets are destroyed as a first priority."
Medvedev says that the missiles are going to be used as a deterrent against “rogue states” is just a “Fairy tale”. He feels that the: "The deployment of new missile defense facilities in Europe is aimed against the Russian Federation."
I cannot help but think that the Russian response is a direct result of Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Georgia where she reiterated GW’s demands that Russian forces leave at once.
The situation is becoming a very dangerous pissing match. We can be wary of Iran, but they do not have nuclear weapons. Russia on the other hand does and I have a sense that they will not think twice about using them. The cold war atmosphere is resurrecting. The Russians do not want to be told what to do, and the US is involving themselves in an area that is once again delicate and dictating policy. NATO, especially folks like Gordon Brown are keeping mum on the whole situation. Guess I can not blame GB after seeing what happened to Tony Blair when he got involved with GW. However the point is that we are sending in Rice and once again trying to police without the backup of our supposed allies. It is, not in the US’s best interest to start picking a potential war with The Russians. We already have enough going on in the debacle called post war Iraq.
Saakashvili added fuel to the fire when standing next to Miss Rice by stating: "We were screaming to the world that Russia was going to do this...We are looking evil directly in the eye - this evil is very dangerous not only for us but for everybody."
“Even as he was speaking a convoy of 17 Russian armored personnel carriers was spotted advancing along the main highway to within 34 miles of the Georgian capital Tbilisi, their deepest move yet inside the country. “
I have to add this as I never stated my opinion on the subject: placing missiles in Poland is crazy! The Polish nationals do not want them. And should anyone be confused by the Russian Stance: I give you three words to reflect on:
Cuban Missile Crisis
JFK took a dim light on it all in the 60's and I guess the Russians feel the same way.
Be informed; don’t bow your head to ignorance. We are living in a scary world.