This is exactly what Russia is doing regarding our deployment of a missile defense shield in Poland, except that it’s on a global scale. Russia has long hinted that any deployment of US arms in former Soviet satellite states such as Poland and the Czech Republic could cause destabilization of the region and perhaps even provoke a military response regardless of whether or not those arms are purely defensive (which anit-missile missiles are). Now, it looks like the Russians are changing their tune about their readiness stance. They’re no longer hinting that they might have a military response for NATO defensive weapons based in Poland, they’re promising one. Read on…
A top Russian general said Friday that Poland’s agreement to accept a U.S. missile interceptor base exposes the ex-communist nation to attack, possibly by nuclear weapons, the Interfax news agency reported.
The statement by Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn is the strongest threat that Russia has issued against the plans to put missile defense elements in former Soviet satellite nations.
“Poland, by deploying (the system) is exposing itself to a strike — 100 percent,” Nogovitsyn, the deputy chief of staff, was quoted as saying.
100%? There’s pretty much no room for interpretation there. 100% is 100%. From what I can see, when Russia says “100%” it means “if you deploy missile interceptors in Poland, we will attack Poland.” According to Nogovitsyn, the only thing that’s left to speculation is whether or not they’ll use nukes.
So let’s wrap up Russia’s activities for the week, shall we? First they invade Georgia which is a sovereign nation with a freely elected President after a series of Russian-backed “separatists” (read: SpetSnaz) refused to cease raids into Georgian towns and we’ve done nothing to stop them.
Then they threaten the sovereignty of Ukraine after Ukraine, in response to Russia’s military action in Georgia, said that Russian ships would have to ask permission from Ukraine to enter and use their ports. The head of the Russian Black Sea Fleet’s response was “[we only respect one authority and that authority is the President of Russia].” In essence, Russia said that they’ll do what they please and go where they please. Again, we’ve done nothing to stop them.
Then the Russians extend their invasion from just the contested areas of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and occupy territory just 30 miles from Tbilisi as well as Georgia’s main port at Poti using Russian troops, Ossetian troops, and “PEACE KEEPERS” with BLUE HELMETS and we’ve done NOTHING to stop them. The UN hasn’t even said a word worth mentioning.
Now Russia is threatening to nuke Poland if we try to defend ourselves. Just how long are we going to wait before we DO actually defend ourselves somehow? If we keep up the whole “turn the other cheek” pattern of diplomacy that we’ve been using with them for the past few months or so, we’re going to run out of cheeks pretty fast. If that happens, you better be able to live underground for a year or so, shoot a gun, or speak Russian. I don’t have a fallout shelter (my beer cellar would have to do) but I’m pretty handy with a gun and I already speak Russian… unless somebody in our government grows some balls, I suggest the rest of you start taking lessons.