Thursday, April 26, 2007

Russia's offer to house missile defense refused, they counter with treaty suspension cocerning NATO!

Russia's offer to house missile defense refused, they counter with treaty suspension that worries NATO, What's next? what's next with Bush? What's next with Russia?
A while back as tensions between Bush and Russia were heating up over Bush's insistence on putting the Missile Defense Systems at Russia's door I thought it interesting that Russia countered saying it should be part of the proposed U.S. antimissile shield, put on the spot I thought what can Bush say now?
In light of all the past stories I have done in relation to this proposed missile shield and the fact that Britain wants it there and the U.S. is proposing to set it up all around the world I looked at it myself as a threat to Russia as they also did or do. That is why I find it quite intriguing that Russia also says it wants to be included. Russia then said it should be part of the proposed U.S. antimissile shield because it's close to rogue states that might fire rockets, said Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the lower house of parliament's foreign affairs committee.
His qualification was that even if one were to imagine hypothetically that North Korean missiles might one day be fired at targets in Europe, one doesn't have to be an expert in geography to realize that the greater part of their trajectory would be over Russia.
I thought this was a brilliant move on Russia's part that of course was turned down by Bush. Makes you think that intimidating or targeting Russia's missiles is one of the intentions of these missile defense systems. Today Russia countered when President Vladimir Putin announced that Russia would suspend its compliance with a treaty on conventional arms in Europe that was forged at the end of the Cold War.
Instead, Putin said, the Kremlin would use future compliance with the treaty as a bargaining point in the dispute with United States over its proposals to install missile defenses in Europe. Can you blame them?
Putin's announcement, made in his annual address to Parliament, underscored the Kremlin's anger at Washington for proposing a new missile-defense system, which the Bush administration insists is meant to counter potential threats from North Korea and Iran. But Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice brusquely dismissed Russian protests, saying the missile-defense system the United States plans to install in Poland and the Czech Republic would pose no danger to the security of Russia.
The Bush misadministration's audacity is really troubling as it seems purposely designed to further tensions that justifiably have the rest of NATO very concerned.
NATO expressed grave concern at Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to freeze Moscow's commitments under a European arms control pact on Thursday.
NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov confirmed Putin's announcement suspending Russia's implementation of the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) pact to NATO ministers at a meeting in Oslo.
That message was met by concern, grave concern, disappointment and regret," de Hoop Scheffer told a news conference. "The allies are of the opinion that the CFE is one of the cornerstones of European security," he added.
Minutes later, Lavrov defended the Russian move at a separate news conference. "I think that we cannot be unconcerned by the fact that NATO military infrastructure is creeping up to our borders," he said.
I couldn't profess to know if the CFE was a cornerstone of European security or not but Russia is prepared to make it one to everyones demise. The only result of these rising tensions and the purposeful politics of confrontation practiced by Bush is to bring us closer to WW3 and Bush's goal of what he thinks will be his version of new world order. These are my thoughts on the worsening situation, what are yours?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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