Sunday, 3 June 2007

Putin Threatens Europe

Putin this morning warned that, if the US builds a missile defence system in Europe Russia will target missiles on European bases. Good move? Bad move?

Certainly it's a worrying development, this sort of threat seems disturbingly reminiscent of the threats of the Cold War but maybe that isn't such a terrible thing. America's power is, currently, unchecked. They ignored the UN and seem to have global licence, any power that is willing to prevent them militarising the globe is a good thing in my eyes.

It is unlikely that the European countries that America wants to place these defence systems in would prevent them from doing so: after all, as Bush said "You're either with us or against us in the fight against terror", so objecting to the missile bases would make you a terrorist, right? The worrying idea is that there are very few countries who would openly oppose the US in any of its military exploits, not because the majority of the world agrees with them, but rather because they are afraid of them.

Maybe having a significant military opponent once more will prevent the US from entering any more suspect wars. We mustn't forget, however, that playing with ICBMs is a dangerous game, and not one that will only affect the two countries involved. Certainly a stand has to be made against the Americans' militaristic inclinations but this may not be the best way to do it.

Disagree? Let me know.

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