Early last year, at a press conference that was censored in the United States, Putin explained his concerns about Bush's plan:
â€œOnce the missile defense system is put in place it will work
automatically with the entire nuclear capability of the United States.
It will be an integral part of the US nuclear capability....And, for
the first time in history---and I want to emphasize this---there will
be elements of the US nuclear capability on the European continent. It
simply changes the whole configuration of international securityâ€¦..Of
course, we have to respond to that.â€
specialist, Francis A. Boyle, says the Bush administration's plans
represent the â€œlongstanding US policy of nuclear first-strike against
Russia." In Boyleâ€™s article â€œUS Missiles in Europe: Beyond Deterrence
to First Strike Threatâ€ he states:
- â€œBy means of a US first
strike about 99%+ of Russian nuclear forces would be taken out. Namely,
the United States Government believes that with the deployment of a
facially successful first strike capability, they can move beyond
deterrence and into "compellence."â€¦ This has been analyzed ad nauseam
in the professional literature. But especially by one of Harvard's
premier warmongers in chief, Thomas Schelling --winner of the Nobel
Prize in Economics granted by the Bank of Sweden-- who developed the
term "compellence" and distinguished it from "deterrence." â€¦The USG is
breaking out of a "deterrence" posture and moving into a "compellence"
posture. (Global Research 6-6-07)
Bush's real goal is to
force Moscow to conform to Washingtonâ€™s diktats or face the prospect of
first-strike nuclear annihilation. Putin must respond.
needs to present his case before the UN General Assembly emphasizing
how the proposed US system upsets the nuclear balance of power and
poses a direct threat to Russia's national security. He should give an
account of US activities in Central Asia since the fall of the Berlin
Wall showing how the Bush administration has pursued a hostile policy
of encirclement and strangulation towards the Russian Federation. The
US has brought most of the former Soviet satellites into NATO,
including Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and now is seeking
membership for Georgia and Ukraine right on Russia's border.
US has expanded its military installations in other areas of Central
Asia, primarily Afghanistan, posing long-range problems for the entire
The Bush administration has also used its intelligence
agencies and NGOs to foment political unrest and topple regimes which
were sympathetic to Moscow in its "color-coded" revolutions. Eurasia is
now inundated with American puppets who get their marching-orders from
the White House.
Also, the US and its allies have declared
Kosovo, a vital part of Serbian territory, independent without UN
approval. Serbia is a traditional ally of Russia's. Many analysts now
believe that the recent fighting in South Ossetia was directly
connected to the Bush administration's blatant disregard for Serbia's
Putin recently responded to these developments saying:
people have the illusion that you can do everything just as you want,
regardless of the interests of other people. Of course it is for
precisely this reason that the international situation gets worse and
eventually results in an arms race. But we are not the instigators. We
do not want it. Why would we want to divert resources to this? And we
are not jeopardizing our relations with anyone. But we must respond.
Name even one step that we have taken or one action of ours designed to
worsen the situation. There are none. We are not interested in that. We
are interested in maintaining a good atmosphere." Putin added
exasperated, â€œSo what should we do?â€ The present situation has brought
us â€œthe brink of disaster!â€
Russia has complied with its
treaty obligations and removed all of its heavy weapons from the
Eastern Europe and put them behind the Ural Mountains. They have
reduced their military by 300,000.
At the same time Washington
has increased its arms shipments to new allies in Eastern Europe and is
building two new military bases in Romania and Bulgaria. Missile
Defense components and radar are going up in the Czech Republic and
Poland. Obviously, Russia cannot continue to disarm unilaterally while
neighboring states bulk up with new US-made weapons systems.
When Putin heard that the Bush administration was developing "bunker-busting" nuclear weapons he said to Bush:
would be better to look for other ways to fight terrorism than create
low-yield nuclear weapons that lower the threshold for using these
weapons, and thereby put humankind on the brink of nuclear catastrophe.
But they donâ€™t listen to us. They are not looking for compromise. Their
entire point of view can be summed-up in one sentence: â€˜Whoever is not
with us is against us.â€™â€
It wasn't Russia who scrapped the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty (ABM) That was the Bush administration, too.
expansionism has thrust the world into another arms race pitting East
against West Cold War-style. The present system of international
security has been upended and we are moving inexorably towards a
military showdown between the two nuclear-armed powers.
Putin stated at the press conference, "I am convinced that we have
reached that decisive moment when we must seriously think about the
architecture of global security.â€
experiencing a Renaissance. 20 million people have been raised from
poverty since Putin took office 8 years ago. The Russian economy has
been growing by 7% a year, real incomes are growing by an astonishing
12% per year and Moscow has become a thriving center of global trade.
Oil and natural gas have restored Russia to its formal role as one of
the great world's great powers. The last thing Putin wants is a nuclear
standoff with the United States. But he will not shirk from his
responsibilities either. If the Missile Defense system is deployed,
Putin will be forced to raise the stakes and send warplanes over the
construction site. That is the logical first-step that any responsible
leader would take before removing the site altogether.
should consider very carefully whether he wants to go ahead with this
game of nuclear chicken or not. Putting a knife to Moscow's throat is
an act of aggression equal to invading Iraq, only this time the victim
has the ability to fight back.