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U.S. plans for a missile-defense shield are reopening Cold War-era cracks in Europe, with politicians warning of a new arms race, Germany's government split and Russia growling about American aggression.
The U.S. will use meetings with NATO and Russian ambassadors tomorrow in Brussels to defend its plans to build an anti-missile system in Poland and the Czech Republic, saying the West needs a hedge against the threat of Iran developing nuclear warheads.
Originally posted by the_sentinal
Why would Russia be so obstinent over a missile system that is purely defensive in nature?
Originally posted by cyberdude78
That is a good point. To play devil's advocate there's two ways the Russians could see this.
1. In theory we could strap nuclear warheads on to these I suppose, thus causing a reverse Cuban missile crisis.
2. If we developed an advanced enough system and build enough systems it could make us completely immune to nuclear attack in the future. So perhaps in say twenty years we decide to upgrade the systems in Poland to the point where Russian missiles coming from the west would be useless, a base in Alaska to make eastern and northern missiles useless, the Ruskies wouldn't be able to harm us nuclear wise if it got to that. And if that happens then there goes the ace up the sleeve. If they can't hit us with nukes then what would be to stop us from hitting them with nukes?
Originally posted by Vitchilo
they want to protect themselves against Russia when they decide it or they have the upper hand on them.