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June 11, 2007

They're at it again. The US and Russia are warring over the deployment of missile and defensive shields in Europe The US plans to base a new missile defence system including interceptor and radar, sited in the former Warsaw pact countries of Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia objects. Its response is an angry, nay a belligerent, one. Tony Blair chips in to say that the West "worried and fearful" at the political direction of Russia.

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Steve Bell

The US continues to push ahead with the missile defence system bequeathed by the Reagan administration---the so-called star wars---in Europe and the Pacific Rim in Asia. The hawks in Washington, Whitehall and Canberra appear to want an arms race to ensure a unipolar world.

Their justification, that these defensive shields were aimed at "rogue states such as Iran and North Korea" is ludicrous. But Blair and Howard swallow it without a moment of embarrassment. They appear to love a cold and chilled relations that results from America’s military expansion, attempts to install a new extensive global missile system designed to box in Russia and China and keep them consigned to being a secondary powers. Yet Russia scorned this explanation from the start, seeing the plan as clearly targeted against its own interests in the region, and considers it necessary to counter the possibility of a unipolar world.

As Paul Rogers observes at Open Democracy tha:

neither the Russians (nor, for that matter, the Chinese) will allow the United States to develop a unique strategic offence/defence combination. In the last resort they will both expand their own strategic nuclear arsenals to give them the potential to swamp any future US missile-defence installation. That is the way that arms races start.

It is one that Australia is willing to risk as it throws its support behind the US missile-defence installation in the Pacific Rim.

Update: 12 June
Francesca Beddie writing in the Canberra Times says:

Russia wants to see a world where stability is maintained by a balance of powers rather than superpower rivalry. This harks back to the 19th century Concert of Europe which, international relations expert Coral Bell argues, offers a model for the post-Cold War era. She suggests the unipolar phenomenon of the 1990s is already in retreat and a new global balance is emerging, made up of six great powers: the US, the European Union, China, India, Russia and Japan... This is not an aberration in Russian foreign policy: the deviation came in the euphoric years immediately after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when it seemed that Russia's only course was to integrate with the West. With many other choices now open to Russia, it's time other nations thought more about where this new power might be heading rather than from where it has come.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 3:24 PM | | Comments (1)
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Not so long ago at the Margo Kingston site something along these lines (military/ industrial/legislative complex) was raised and someone cited up with a link to the celebrated recent "Playboy" article:
"Lockheed Stock and Two Smoking Barrel's".

This offered a look at the current state of play regarding the MIC phenomena involving the neo cons and the Bush Presidency. The Permanent War Economy is the way of the future for a USA unable to continue in its old economic roles and now short of carbon resources.
The one spectacular edge it has is in war technology, so its survival depends on its capacity to fuel wars and satisfy the ordinance requirements of those participants caught out by constant technological advance and global politics. The system becomes permanent in that a constant war-threat ensures built-in obsolescence and a unsatisfiable need for new ordinance, thus maintaining US dominance and prosperity indefinitely.The US in effect continues through its ability to not only manufacture and "sell" weaponry, but the wars that require them.

I might not have had this memory jogged, except for the viewing of a disturbing SBS documentary yesterday called "Kill the Messenger". It detailed the persecution of a CIA translator, Sibel Edmonds, who detected suspect transmissions and mistranslations involving US, Turkish and Israeli individuals which led to her personal suppression by a corrupted legal/governmental system. The battles of her and her supporters, culminating in an international "Pen" award helped lift the lid on the current apparatus and state of play of middle east interaction between the US MIC, Israel, shadowy Caspian region, Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan (Taliban/Alqaida/warlords) involving weapons, including Quadir's celebrated Pakistan nuclear bomb, drugs and political domination.The usual suspects( Cheney, Lockheed-Martin, Feith, Perle ) were involved.

Then the final straw, a show last night discussing our premature enlistment in the expensive joint strike fighter project.

What is the extent of the stranglehold of these people on the world economy and the general advancement of civilisation?