U.S. Opens 'Missile Defense' Base in Romania, Breaks Ground on Another in Poland
Reuters reports from Romania:
The United States' European missile defense shield goes live on Thursday almost a decade after Washington proposed protecting NATO from Iranian rockets and despite Russian warnings that the West is threatening the peace in central Europe.
Amid high Russia-West tension, U.S. and NATO officials will declare operational the shield at a remote air base in Deveselu, Romania, after years of planning, billions of dollars in investment and failed attempts to assuage Russian concerns that the shield could be used against Moscow.
The United States will also start construction on a second site in Poland on Friday that is due to be ready in 2018, giving NATO a permanent, round-the-clock shield in addition to radars and ships already in the Mediterranean.
Russia is incensed at such of show of force by its Cold War rival in formerly communist-ruled eastern Europe where it once held sway. Moscow says the U.S.-led alliance is trying to encircle it close to the strategically important Black Sea, home to a Russian naval fleet and where NATO is also considering increasing patrols.
The foreign ministry in Moscow, in comments on Russian news agencies, said Iran's missile program posed no threat to NATO states in Europe and called the U.S. move a mistake and a treaty violation that directly affected Russia's national security.
Despite U.S. assurances, the Kremlin says the missile shield's real aim is to neutralize Moscow's nuclear arsenal long enough for the United States to make a first strike on Russia in the event of war.
Turkey already hosts a U.S. radar and the Netherlands has equipped ships with radars. The United States also has four [Aegis] ships in Spain as part of the defenses, while all NATO nations are contributing funding.
"Ballistic missile defense sites could pose threats to the stability and strategic assets of the Russian Federation," Russia's ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, told Reuters last month.
Here we have one more example of US-NATO muscle flexing in Russia's backyard. The claims by the US that these 'missile defense' (MD) deployments have nothing to do with Russia are lies. Washington's claim that these deployments are aimed at Iran are a cynical joke.
When George W. Bush became president (by stealing the election) one of the first things he did was to pull the US out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty with Russia. That treaty banned the testing and deployment of these MD systems because they are destabilizing! MD gives one side the technology to launch a first-strike attack and then pick-off the retaliatory strikes that would follow.
It's really quite sad to see the Romanian people, who have long suffered, get bought off by the glad handing Pentagon who builds a school and a playground but make the village a prime target during a nuclear exchange. I'm sure like most people the Romanians heard the words 'missile defense' and felt comforted. They shouldn't be - they've just had their village hijacked by the world's largest terrorist organization as a offensive base close to the Russian border.
The American Indians said the white man from Washington always spoke with a forked tongue. When the Soviet Union collapsed they were promised by Washington that NATO would not expand one centimeter toward Russia. That promise has been repeatedly violated by a US cancerous military operation to dominate the globe.
Only Russia and China stand in the way of US 'full spectrum dominance'. The MD bases in Romania and Poland are aggressive steps to change the equation and are further evidence that the US is willing to risk WW III in order to carry out its plan for corporate global control.