Friday, August 15, 2008

More Trouble With Russia

The question is becoming louder in the media, is the Russian bear waking up from its hibernation? With its recent invasion of the Republic of Georgia, Russia has sparked fears throughout Eastern Europe that its intentions are once again becoming hostile.

The United States has entered into talks with two former Communist Soviet states, the Czech Republic (formerly Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia) and Poland, concerning building missile defense bases in those countries. These are pivotal countries for defending America and Europe against Russian, Iranian, Korean, Chinese, and Arab missiles. While Russia is not specifically targeted, they would certainly be covered.

In response, Russia justifiably feels that its sovereignty and interests are being threatened. It has threatened Poland that if they allow U.S. missiles into their country, Russia will target Poland with Nuclear missiles. This is, of course, a major threat. Russian General Anatoly Nogovitsyn said, "Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike — 100 percent." It sounds as though we are entering another cold-war.

President Bush has been very open about preserving dialog with Communist China. It is my hope that he will maintain the same tact with Russia. If dialog shuts down, we may begin another arms race. What would go a long way to mend ties is to open membership into NATO to Russia and offer to develop further commerce with them. The Russians would be far better as friends than as enemies.

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