Russia strikes back against US-NATO missile system with their own advanced radar
By End the Lie
Ever since the United States and NATO began the relentless push for an anti-ballistic missile (ABM) system in Europe, Russia has expressed concern, and rightly so.
I would say that the Russians are just being paranoid if the United States and NATO actually signed a legally binding guarantee stating that the system was not targeting Russia or Russian forces/interests, but of course they didn’t.
If the system is indeed purely defensive as the proponents regularly claim, why wouldn’t they make the small gesture of signing an agreement?
I think we all know that the United States and NATO could easily renege on the agreement but that small sense of reassurance would assuredly make Russia at least slightly more at ease.
Some of the locations of the US-NATO system include: Poland and Romania – both nations which Russia likely considers too-close-for-comfort – along with Turkey and Aegis cruiser vessels off the coast of Spain.
As I have been outlining in my ongoing series “The U.S. and NATO are on the march worldwide” (part two can be read here) it is not only these nations which are participating in the Western effort to encircle Russia.
Indeed these are just a small sliver of the larger conglomeration of states which support the United States and NATO’s effort to “contain” Russia, harkening back to the classic Cold War strategy.
Many people – including me – fail to understand the need or legitimacy of these continued efforts to contain Russia, given that they are far from a threat to the rest of the world.
If anything, it would make much more sense for other nations to make an effort to encircle and isolate the United States and NATO member nations as if any nation or group of nations are a threat to the peace and stability of the world, it is those.
The establishment media continues to ignore this fact, instead opting to demonize Iran and other non-Western nations, even when it requires manufacturing complete falsehoods and spewing them at the American people like so much vomit.
The most blatant and egregious example in recent history is, in my humble opinion, Iran.
Even when the United States Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta admits on national television that Iran is, in fact, not developing a nuclear weapon, the corporate controlled media continues to pretend Iran is a threat.
Furthermore, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently stated that they would be placing detection avoidance systems on their strategic ballistic missiles.
This means that if Russia sought to attack the United States, American interests, or Europe, they could likely circumvent the ABM system altogether.
Then again, it is highly improbable that Russia would do so as they have absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose from such an act.
The Russian government has also stated that they will erect weapons systems in the south and west regions of Russia and Medvedev has warned that Russia might back out of the New START agreement reached with Obama.
This would indeed be a “reset” of US-Russian relations, but hardly the positive one so many people across the globe wish to see.
The Russian Ministry of Defense recently announced that they will be installing a new generation of missile detecting radar systems by the end of 2012 in the city of Irkutsk in Siberia.
In fact, this system is just one of four systems, including one in the southern village near St. Petersburg, and one in the Kaliningrad region near the Balkans.
They report that two of these post-Soviet systems are already operational and all of the equipment is significantly more advanced than their Soviet-era predecessors.
The “Voronezh” system is reportedly capable of tracking some 500 objects with a total range of roughly 6,000 kilometers.
Russian President Medvedev stated that these could be used as part of a joint detection system, but obviously Europe has no interest in cooperating with Russia in such a project.
This fact deals a major blow to the false assertion that it is a purely peaceful, defensive measure. If this were the case, it would only make sense for the United States and NATO to integrate Russian systems in order to have more comprehensive detection system.
Russia’s insistence on having the US and NATO establish an agreement which states that the system is not targeting Russia is hardly too much to ask.
Can you imagine what the United States would do if Russia attempted to set up an anti-ballistic missile system in Canada and refused to sign any guarantees?
This is yet another example of the typical absurdist double standard employed by the West – especially the United States – which has been all-too-obvious in dealings with Iran.
Russia has every right to object to the US-NATO project, but we still do not know if or how the system would be used against Russia and other nations which are not wholly integrated into the Western power structure.
Hopefully their concern is misguided and the United States and NATO only have the best intentions, but unfortunately governments do not have much of a track record which reinforces this assumption.