Cold War II?

Russia accuses USA of sparking a new arms race by developing Anti-Ballistic Missile weapon (in violation of a treaty); retaliates by testing an intercontinental ballistic missile target.

Washington dismisses such fears, saying the shield is intended to counter “rogue states.”

I hate to wreck a good euphemism, but anything that shoots is not a “shield”. If a space-based weapon can cherry-pick missiles out of the air, I’d imagine it can also take down planes, and quite possibly ground-based targets as well. On one hand, I’m rather happy we’re developing such a weapon, because I’m a firm believer in self defense. On the other hand, the weaponization of space is a bit of a sticky issue, because nobody owns space, nobody should own space, and if we put weapons into orbit, other countries are bound to follow suit, and sooner or later somebody’s going to start using these shiny toys.

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  • Jeff KE9V  On May 31, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    The problem here of course is that we have SO MUCH in common with the Russian people that only an idiot would try to drive us apart.

    Enter President George Bush.

    So far as I can tell, the Soviets had 40,000 nuclear missle aimed at us during the Cold War and we didn’t pre-emptively strike them. Iran maybe has one nuke with no missles that can reach us and the neo-cons want to attack. To boot, the Russians happen to be fighting a war on terror against Muslim extremists … tell me who else do we have that in common with?

    We need to cozy up with the Russians because we have much in common in a world that is very strange — I for one am looking for more Russian friends — god only knows we don’t need more enemies….

  • wolfger  On May 31, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    Unfortunately, the USA is not in friends-making mode these past 7 years. They are in “my way or the highway” mode.

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