Amazinz wrote:Secondly, attributing Russia's aggressiveness simply to Bush stepping on their toes is an over-simplification. We have a serious problem growing in Russia and it started prior to the negotiation between the U.S. and Poland. Russia was actually "down" with this missile net if the U.S. agreed to rent a Russian-owned site or if the U.S. expanded the program to include Russia.
It may be an over-simplification (I do try to economize sometimes in these posts) but it is fair to say that if the US hadn't been actively looking to create a missile defense and station them in the former Soviet bloc, Russia would not feel the need, or even urge, to drop silos into our hemisphere.
Still, in an age when weapons can kill millions in a blink of an eye, I not only prefer - but would insist - that our country be on the forefront of preventative
measures to keep losses to a minimum. Now, you might be right that a missile defense system upset the balance of power. A viable argument would be that the U.S., or NATO, should not employ missile defenses unilaterally. However, I cannot fathom a good reason to stop researching the defense. Its potential to save lives simply cannot be understated.
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