Pentagon Develops Star Wars Defense For
Missile Defense Scheme Sure to Anger Russians
In a move that
is sure to anger the Russians, the Pentagon has been secretly exploring
possible sites in two former Soviet bloc countries for the setting up of a
defensive missile shield.
Pentagon experts have been negotiating with Poland
and the Czech Republic to house future sites for advanced radar and interceptor
missiles as part of a Bush plan to implement a new “Star Wars” program. There
is speculation that a third site could be located in Bulgaria, regarded as the
gateway from the Middle East to the Balkans.
So far, no agreement has been reached on the
locations of the missiles and whether sites, once established, could be deemed
to be U.S. territory.
Leaks about the Pentagon talks, have caused a stir
in some sections of the East European media and have led to claims that there
should be a public debate before any agreement is reached with the United
The plan for Eastern Europe is thought to be based
on a future danger that might arise from countries like Iran that possess a
missile capability and a secret nuclear program. However, Russia, which has
seen NATO expansion across what was formerly the Soviet Union may well object
to the move and withdraw from arms reduction talks.
Separate sites are planned for Alaska and
California in an effort to protect against an attack from the unpredictable and
heavily armed North Korean military.
The Pentagon has been careful to indicate to East
European NATO members that the new Star Wars plan is not aimed at preventing
future attacks against the United States and its western allies from Russia and
China, though that must be considered in future military planning.
So far, Russia and China have not officially
reacted to the leaked Pentagon plan though Russian and Chinese officials told a
Canadian news agency that the plan would either lead to a new arms race or the
weaponization of space.
Senior Polish defense experts have indicated that
Russia will have to be consulted before a site is established on Polish soil.
It has therefore not escaped the notice of some Poles that a missile shield in
Poland would only be there to protect against one potential enemy—the Russians.