Thursday, May 31, 2007
Cold War Comes To The New Century
Russia's President, Vladimir Putin, has declared that new Russian missle tests are in response to Washington's intended deployment of defense missles in Europe. The Russian leader has suggested that we are involved in a new arms race.
For those of us who lived through the "Cold War" of the 50's and 60's, it isn't a great thing to be hearing the same war murmurings again from the leaders of the world. Putin criticized what he calls imperialism (the usual name given to the United States during war talk) in worldwide affairs and warned that Russia will strengthen its military potential to maintain a global strategic balance.
Putin claims that they (the Russians) are not starting this new arms race. I'm sorry. That statement does not hold water. Our country is deploying defense missles much like those we have already had in other countries with agreements. We have had this for a multitude of years. Only now does this so-called leader of the Russian people decide that we are starting a new arms race.
If what he is saying is true, then they could certainly be one of the most dangerous countries to us on the planet. However, my guess is that the missles that Russia has out there will be more likely to aim at Israel and the northern part of the United States than anywhere else in the world. He states that they have done tests of a new ballistic missile capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads and a new cruise missile. These are part of the Russian response to the planned deployment of new U.S. military bases and missile defense sites in ex-Soviet satellites in Central and Eastern Europe.
Frankly, Mr. Putin, this all sounds like sour potatoes to me. Sounds like you didn't get there first, didn't think of it first. As a major power in the world, we have an obligation to protect ourselves and our friends. If that hurts your pride, sorry about that. If it hurts you politically, can't say I am sorry about that.
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