US Clash With Russia
comment by Larry Ross
July 25, 2007

As stated in other articles, stationing US missile defence systems on Russian borders, within old USSR satellite states, is a prescription for a new cold war that can quickly heat up and become World War III.
That and the US programme to militarize and dominate space will also start a new arms race.

  Putin's War-whoop: The impending clash with Russia
by Mike Whitney
June 22, 2007

What is a "unipolar" world?
It is a world in which there is one master, one sovereign--- one center of authority, one center of force, one center of decision-making. And at the end of the day this is pernicious not only for all those within this system, but also for the sovereign itself because it destroys itself from within.
It has nothing in common with democracy, which is the power of the majority in respect to the interests and opinions of the minority.

  US Starts New Arms Race in Europe
by Larry Ross
April 18, 2007

Placing US anti-missile defence systems in European countries is a multi-message to Russia, and another indication that the US is restarting the international arms race and a new cold war. If the US launches a pre-emptive nuclear war on Iran, as much expert testimony indicates, and it looks like it may go global, they may implement global pre-emptive nuclear strikes against some other nuclear weapon states. Bush, as Commander In Chief of US military forces, has the legal right (made law by Congress) to launch pre-emptive nuclear war. He may also introduce nuclear weapons into conventional weapon wars.

  The Missile-Defense Flap
by Vladimir Belous
April 11, 2007

... It all sounds like the speech made by Colin Powell during his tenure as U.S. Secretary of State at a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. In it, he argued Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and the world community was obliged to stop their proliferation and use. The upshot of all that is well known: Such weapons were never found anywhere in Mesopotamia.

  Germany Wants US Missile Defence For Europe
by Larry Ross
April 18, 2007

Here is a UPI article that shows German enthusiasm for a US missile defence system. As might be expected, the German conservatives welcome a new arms race and cold war in Europe. By embracing Bush's and the media lies about an alleged threat from Iran, they have the flimsy excuse. In the short term they may hope for new opportunities for profits. In the long run it can lead to crippling wars, if not nuclear war. I would think that the lessons of history and the potential for far greater wars than World War II, would have taught the Germans some useful lessons. Apparently not.

  Iran Helps US Missile Shield
by Stefan Nicola
April 11, 2007

Iran's latest claim that it is capable of enriching uranium on an industrial level has encouraged proponents of U.S. plans for a missile shield in Eastern Europe, but Moscow is still not amused. After Tehran's nuclear threats, members of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives even said more countries in Europe should think about participating in the U.S. anti-missile system.

  Gorbachev Says US Missile Defence For Dominating Europe
comment by Larry Ross
April 18, 2007

This article by Gorbachev is the most comprehensive article on the subject of US attempts to sell missile defence to European countries. I am amazed that they seem to be buying this expensive and dangerous fraud. It means less independence for Europe, huge expenditure,  more US domination and agenda, and an increase in the likelihood of crippling wars. How could Europeans accept American lies and propaganda and do such a self-destructive act as install missile defence systems? It makes no sense particularly after they have had the example of US lying to justify their illegal war on Iraq with over 600,000 people killed

  U.S. seeks control of Europe through missile shield - Gorbachev
from RIA Novosti
April 12, 2007

KALININGRAD, April 12 (RIA Novosti) - Deployment of U.S. missile-defense bases in Poland and the Czech Republic is an attempt by the U.S. to control Europe, the former Soviet president said Thursday. "It is all about influence and domination in Europe," Mikhail Gorbachev said. "I believe it is wrong that America did not even bother to consult its NATO allies."

  US Starts New European Cold War With Russia
comment by Larry Ross
April 18, 2007

Here is the fourth authoritative article showing how the US is starting a new cold war in Europe by installing missile defence systems in European nations.
Allegedly against Iran, the missile shields are aimed at Russia and are designed to frustrate a Russian missile response to a US pre-emptive nuclear strike...
We must recognise and confront these disastrous, very threatening developments and try to help stop the Bush Administration before it is too late.

  U.S. Missile Deals Bypass, and Annoy, European Union
April 13, 2007

Much of Europe is arguing over a Washington proposal to plant in Poland fewer than a dozen antimissile missiles that might not work, to guard against an Iranian threat that may not exist.


U.S. Redesigning Atomic Weapons

February 7, 2005
The officials say the program could help shrink the arsenal and the high cost of its maintenance. But critics say it could needlessly resuscitate the complex of factories and laboratories that make nuclear weapons and could possibly ignite a new arms race.
So far, the quiet effort involves only $9 million for warhead designers at the nation's three nuclear weapon laboratories, Los Alamos, Livermore and Sandia. Federal bomb experts at these heavily guarded facilities are now scrutinizing secret arms data gathered over a half century for clues about how to achieve the new reliability goals.
"These are big decisions," Mr. Norris said. "They could backfire and come back to haunt us."

Space Wars Dream - Will It Fizzle Out Again?

Comment by Larry Ross
February 6, 2005

. . . . In this deadly nuclear gamesmanship, would the present or a future US administration ever decide to make a surprise massive first nuclear strike against Russia, China or some other state, taking a calculated risk that they can destroy the retaliatory power of their chosen enemy?


Star Wars Faces a Budget Hit

by Stan Crock
February 4, 2005

Unreliability is just one reason why funding is being cut.
The other is the changing nature of potential threats to U.S. security.


Bush Doctrine Is Expected to Get Chilly Reception

by Peter Baker
January 23, 2005

They were stunned when Bush leaned across a table in a private meeting and lectured Prime Minister Paul Martin about opposing the U.S. missile defense system. And they were later taken aback by a speech filled with what they considered the same "old Bush" foreign policy pronouncements that opened the divide with the allies in the first place.
"If he's going to take that speech to Europe," said a top Canadian official who attended the meeting between Bush and Martin, "he's not going to get a good reception."

by Brad Knickerbocker
January 6, 2005

In an age when weapons of mass destruction can be slipped into the United States in a cargo container or even a suitcase, is Ronald Reagan's 1983 dream of building an umbrella against long-range enemy missiles passé? Or is it a necessary screen against the possibility of North Korea or another rogue state tossing a nuclear-tipped rocket our way?
As the US moves ahead with testing and deployment of the system, new questions are swirling about the merits of pursuing such a costly program in a time of war and increased demand for defense dollars.
The debate comes amid enduring skepticism about the technological feasibility of erecting an effective shield. In December, the US missile defense program suffered another test failure when the rocket carrying the "kill vehicle" meant to destroy an incoming mock enemy warhead shut down before launch from the Kwajalein Atoll in the Pacific Ocean.

by Ivan Eland
December 21, 2004

The most recent among many testing glitches of the Bush administration missile defense program should remind us that this exorbitant and heavily politicized effort should be scrapped. Until September 11, in the eyes of conservatives, the litmus test for patriotism was support for missile defense. Now they have moved on to view backing for the troubled Iraq War as the badge of armchair courage. Yet the 9/11 attacks demonstrated that the missile defense program did not address the most severe threats facing the United States.
The most serious threats to the U.S. homeland won’t arrive by missile. They’ll likely be attacks using either conventional means—as on 9/11—or nuclear, biological or chemical weapons smuggled into the country by ship or delivered by small aircraft. Terrorists are unlikely to have the technology to develop the long-range missiles that a missile defense system is designed to intercept using other missiles or lasers.


THE EMPIRE HAS NO CLOTHES   U.S. Foreign Policy Exposed

by Ivan Eland
Released October, 2004

  Most Americans don’t think of their government as an empire, but in fact the United States has been steadily expanding its control of overseas territories since the turn of the twentieth century. Now, through political intimidation and over 700 military bases worldwide, the U.S. holds sway over an area that dwarfs the great empires of world history.
In The Empire Has No Clothes, Ivan Eland, a leading expert on U.S. defense policy and national security, examines American military interventions around the world from the Spanish-American War to the invasion of Iraq.

peaceinspace.org/   November 19, 2004

Dear Mr. Martin:
It was with absolute dismay that we learned of the planned visit of President Bush to Canada on November 30th 2004.   Surely you are aware of the many grave crimes against humanity and war crimes for which President Bush stands properly accused by the world, starting with the Nuremberg Tribunal´s ‘supreme international crime´ of waging an aggressive war against Iraq in defiance of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, and including systematic and massive violations of the Geneva Conventions Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, as well as the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Petition from peaceinspace.org/   November 20, 2004

Dear Mr. Martin:
Canada is at a crossroads – and under heavy pressure from the United States – with respect to the U.S.’s “missile defence” program. This program should be seen clearly – and assertively and publicly acknowledged by Canada – for what it is, nothing less than a pre-emptive action by the United States to dictate how space is to be used and controlled to benefit and advance American interests.
As the Iraq war and its aftermath have borne out, pre-emptive action by one player in the arena of international affairs is not only immoral, it has wholly unpredictable and tragic consequences.              URGENT

Press Release from CND
October 17, 2004

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament today reacted with outrage at the Independent on Sunday's report that the Prime Minister has secretly agreed to host US Star Wars missiles at Fylingdales.  The group has promised to use all means possible to resist the move.  CND criticises the decision to host such missiles, the secretive, behind the scenes deal-making that led to that decision and the reported plans to develop a spin campaign to win public support.

  Missile-defence plan shot down
by Michael Byers
October 16, 2004

Review: - Rushing to Armageddon, The Shocking Truth About Canada, Missile Defence, and Star Wars by Mel Hurtig
If Canada's probable participation in missile defence could be challenged in court, opponents of the plan would want Mel Hurtig as their lawyer. In this short volume, the fiery Canadian nationalist argues that missile defence won't work, that it entails the weaponization of space, that it will make Canadians less rather than more secure, and that Prime Minister Paul Martin and Defence Minister Bill Graham have been "intentionally misleading" the country.

  Comment on Australian missile plan sparks regional arms race fears
by Larry Ross
August 28, 2004

The Australian decision to arm warplanes with US long-range stealth missiles, highlights a trend since the 9/11 attack and before, for Australia to adopt policies which echo or compliment US policy.
There has been sufficient time since 9/11 for the most backward of countries, to assess the widespread international concerns about the dangers of US policies, particularly the US nuclear policies, and the well-documented thrust of US policy toward global dominion at any cost. The UK and Australia are not backward - they have sophisticated analysts more than capable of determining real US policy and it's dangers.

  Russian defense minister says US anti-missile system is no threat Agence France-Presse
August 18, 2004

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said
"Personally, I don't see any threat to Russia's safety from the construction in the US of the first missile silos in its anti-missile defense system," Interfax quoted Ivanov as saying during a visit to a military base in the Caucasian region of North Ossetia.

  Our Hidden WMD Program   by Fred Kaplan
April 23, 2004

Why Bush is spending so much on nuclear weapons.
The budget is busted; American soldiers need more armor; they're running out of supplies. Yet the Department of Energy is spending an astonishing $6.5 billion on nuclear weapons this year, and President Bush is requesting $6.8 billion more for next year and a total of $30 billion over the following four years. This does not include his much-cherished missile-defense program, by the way. This is simply for the maintenance, modernization, development, and production of nuclear bombs and warheads.

  Preventing Nuclear Armageddon
by Francis A. Boyle
January 31, 2004
With the collapse of the Soviet Union and the impoverishment of Russia leaving the United States as the world's "only superpower" or "hyperpower," we are getting to the point, if we are not there already, where only the United States has the capability to launch an offensive first-strike strategic nuclear weapons attack upon any adversary. For that precise reason, deploying the so-called "national missile defense" (NMD) has become a critical objective of the Bush Jr. administration.
  German Aid to Scrap Russian Subs
BBC News
October 9, 2003
  Russia has dozens of decommissioned nuclear submarines rusting near Murmansk in the Arctic north - a problem that alarms its neighbours.
  Russia Bares Its Military Teeth
  BBC News
October 2, 2003
The American Government's Attitude Will Provoke Nuclear Re-armourment.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov has said his country does not rule out a pre-emptive military strike anywhere in the world if the national interest demands it.
  Edwards AFB-NASA/DOD/Weapons Tests, Flight Tests, Missile Defense
August 27, 2003
"I know that your Keep Space for Peace Week event will be just as beautiful as in past times."
where EAFB will display war aircraft and weapons Oct 25 weekend
  Space-Based Missile Defense: Not So Heavenly   by Theresa Hitchens
July 21, 2003

The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency (MDA) recently admitted that it was pushing back plans to put up a space-based missile defense test bed to at least 2008. But that does not mean the agency has given up on developing orbiting interceptors for shooting down enemy missiles in their boost-phase, shortly after their launch.

  US Missile Defense Based Security Strategy is Diametrically Opposed to Security Interests
July 23, 2003

by The Union of Concerned Scientists
Allies to become less important as new generation of weapons enables America to strike anywhere from its own territory.
The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the US to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory.

  Russian fears for nuclear security BBC, Moscow
June 27, 2003
Leaders of the main industrialised nations have agreed to pay Russia up to $20bn towards protecting or dismantling its weapons of mass destruction.

Cost $20bn +

  US-based missiles to cover world
by Julian Borger, The Guardian
July 1, 2003
  America to build super weapons.
  The Pentagon is planning a new generation of weapons, including huge   hypersonic drones and bombs dropped from space, that will allow the    US to strike its enemies at lightning speed from its own territory. 
  Deploying a Campaign Promise   by Matt Martin,   
May, 2003
  President Bush has announced that the United States will deploy an array of missile defense systems between 2004 and 2005. This declaration fulfills a campaign promise. However, the reality is that the three systems being rolled out all suffer from technological difficulties, cost overruns, and politics.
  Under the Radar
  .New York Times
March 1 , 2003
President Bush's passion for a missile defense system is now a well-established, heavily budgeted priority despite the fact that the technology remains far from developed or proven. Claims thus far of missile test success have been marginal in highly controlled experiments. That would seem to argue for more testing before the new weapons are fielded at great cost. Not so at the Pentagon, which is pressing to suspend the defense law requiring thorough testing before the nation can commit to major new weaponry.
  Australia Keen to Join US Star Wars Missile Shield Program   from Kevin Cross
February 28, 2003
'SPACE WAR' Links -- U.S. military plans for global control through "full spectrum dominance"
  SHOOT-DOWN The Pentagon trashes Bush's Missile Defense plans by Fred Kaplan
February 21, 2003
  It is a rare thing when an outside critique of the president's most cherished weapons project is validated by an official Pentagon agency.........

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