Obama scraps East European missile plans (?)


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From the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament in Britain:

CND welcomes Obama’s scrapping of planned Missile Defence

Thursday, 17 September 2009

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament warmly welcomed the reported scrapping of US plans to build Missile Defence bases in the Czech Republic and Poland, as detailed by the Wall Street Journal. The highly destabilising plans had been opposed by majorities in both those countries, as well as by Russia which was considering its own arms build-up in response, creating a ‘new Cold War’ in Europe. This highly significant change opens the way for major advances in related areas, such as the cuts to nuclear warhead numbers that President Obama wishes to see.

The UK government supported the Bush-era plans but the rethink by the Obama administration must leave open to doubt whether two military bases in North Yorkshire will still form part of the remaining system.

Kate Hudson, Chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, said “We strongly welcome this rethink. The Missile Defence plans were an unnecessary and destabilising provocation to Russia which threatened to plunge Europe back in to a new Cold War. Whereas both the US and Russia were previously threatening to deploy more missiles on the continent, we hope this decision will open the way to negotiating major cutbacks.

“With Obama and Medvedev due to meet at the UN next week we urge both sides to set bold targets for reducing their arsenals, which still have the power to destroy all life on earth several times over. Missile Defence has been the key stumbling block in the path of negotiations so we really hope the detail of the revised US plan raises no further problems – specifically, that plans to deploy US short-range Patriot anti-missile batteries to Poland are also scrapped.

“Our government should build on President Obama’s example of cancelling unnecessary and costly weapons programmes, ending participation in Missile Defence and scrapping the £76bn Trident replacement. Both Missile Defence and renewed nuclear weapons systems actually contribute to bringing about the situations they are supposed to prevent. By providing leadership in nuclear disarmament by scrapping Trident, Britain could spur on drives towards the global abolition of nukes – replacing it only lets other countries claim that likewise, they need nuclear weapons for their own security.”

Update: meanwhile, President Obama has confirmed the media reports on this.

President Obama announced the suspension of plans to develop two bases in Poland and the Czech Republic as part of a missile defense shield. The move is seen as a political gesture to secure Russian support in Afghanistan and Iran: here.

Putin Applauds ‘Brave’ U.S. Decision on Missile Defense: here.

Russia will scrap a plan to deploy missiles near Poland because the U.S. no longer wants to place a missile-defense system in Eastern Europe, a Russian deputy defense minister said Saturday: here.

Two thirds of voters oppose replacement of Trident, poll shows: here.

Scottish churches want nuclear weapons ban to be key election issue: here.

British General Sir Richard Dannatt questions the need for Trident nuclear weapons: here.

Pentagon hawks swoop to kill Obama’s dream of nuclear-free world: here.

U.S. SWITCHING ON MISSILE DEFENSE SHIELD OVER EUROPE “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.” [Reuters]

10 thoughts on “Obama scraps East European missile plans (?)

  1. I do guess they want us bury alive? Or, what??? We need all the protection we can get due to the hate they have for us and our “Freedom”!!! Help!!!

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  2. Hi rob, as is in the blog post:”Russia will scrap a plan to deploy missiles near Poland because the U.S. no longer wants to place a missile-defense system in Eastern Europe, a Russian deputy defense minister said Saturday”.

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  3. Website: http://www.aapsorg.org
    ________________________________________________

    Mr. Ahmed Hamroush, the President

    Of AAPSO has issued the following press statement
    In the name of the Permanent Secretariat:

    AAPSO AND THE Nuclear Disarmament

    The UN Security Council has unanimously approved a resolution calling for “a world without nuclear weapons”. The resolution called upon states that have not yet signed the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) to accede to the Treaty. It also called upon all member states “to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to nuclear arms reduction and disarmament and on a Treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.” The resolution further called upon all member states “to refrain from conducting a nuclear test explosion and to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). Moreover, it called for holding negotiations as soon as possible on a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices and encouraged the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

    This resolution represents a victory for the forces of peace around the world, those forces that have struggled since Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings for a world without nuclear weapons.

    The Afro-Asian Peoples’ Solidarity Organization (AAPSO) has been one of those forces struggling for the peace of humanity as it appealed for the disarmament of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

    Applauding and strongly endorsing the resolution, AAPSO celebrates the success of its efforts which have never been stopped to rescue humanity from these highly destructive catastrophes.

    This triumph certainly indicates that no struggle goes in vain and that peoples’ issues must achieve victory one day. We will continue our efforts to rid the earth from the weapons of mass destruction and realize the real just peace.

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  4. Posted by: “Richard Frager” science@zzz.com falseflagusa
    Thu Nov 12, 2009 5:43 pm (PST)

    Five Plowshare Activists Arrested at Naval Base in Maine

    Five peace activists were arrested Monday for entering a naval base in
    Bangor, Maine as part of a Plowshares action. The activists cut a hole
    in a fence to access the base. As they walked onto the grounds of the
    base, they left a trail of blood and hammered on the roadway. They
    also hammered on the fences and scattered sunflower seeds throughout
    the base. The base is used to service Trident nuclear missiles carried
    by US submarines. Arrested at the action were eighty-three-year-old
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  5. US under fire over missile shield

    Moldova: Former president Vladimir Voronin reported at the weekend that he has expressed concern to the US ambassador in Chisinau over reports that Washington intends to deploy missiles in neighbouring Romania.

    Mr Voronin, who is first secretary of the Communist Party of Moldova, said that Asif Chaudhry assured him that the so-called missile shield that is to be hosted by Romania will be “entirely defensive” and will “enhance security” in the region.

    Last week the leader of the new Moldova Unita party appealed to Bucharest to reject the proposed shield, warning that it would damage Moldova’s interests and undermine regional stability.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/87118

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  6. Jun 15, 9:09 AM EDT

    Czech Republic pulls out of US missile shield plan

    By KAREL JANICEK

    Associated Press

    PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic is withdrawing from U.S. missile defense plans out of frustration at its diminished role, the Czech defense minister told The Associated Press Wednesday.

    The Bush administration first proposed stationing 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and an advanced radar in the Czech Republic, saying the system was aimed at blunting future missile threats from Iran. But Russia angrily objected and warned that it would station its own missiles close to Poland if the plan went through.

    In September 2009, the Obama administration shelved that plan and offered a new, reconfigured phased program with a smaller role for the Czechs, who were offered an early warning center that would gather and analyze information from satellites to detect missiles aimed at NATO territory.

    Defense Minister Alexander Vondra told the AP that the Czech Republic wanted to participate but “definitely not in this way.”

    “They gave us an offer and we assessed that,” Vondra said. “I would say we’ve solved it in an elegant way.”

    Vondra spoke Wednesday after meeting U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn.

    The two men said both sides will be looking at possibilities of Czech participation in the future.

    “We can return to it at some point but it’s premature at the moment,” Vondra said. “We have certain ideas but it’s too early to speak about them.”

    Vondra and Lynn told reporters during an earlier news conference that the official reason for the Czech withdrawal was that the center was no longer needed after a bigger role for NATO in the new system was endorsed at a summit in Lisbon last year.

    “The offer that we made has been overtaken by events,” Lynn said. “The Lisbon summit has changed the nature of the missile defense framework that we’re operating in. The offer, while I think an interesting one, a good one, no longer fits either the missile defense framework or Czech needs.”

    But Vondra called it “a consolation prize” at a meeting of NATO defense ministers last week in Brussels.

    “Our ideas about the future cooperation are more colorful than just a room or two with some screens there,” Vondra said.

    The new U.S. administration’s plan calls for placing land- and sea-based radars and interceptors in several European locations, including Romania and Poland, over the next decade and upgrading them over time. As the first part of the plan, the United States in March deployed to the Mediterranean the USS Monterey, a ship equipped to detect and shoot down missiles.

    “I’m not surprised by the decision,” said Jan Vidim, a lawmaker in the lower house of the Czech Parliament. “The United States has been and will be our crucial strategic partner but the current administration doesn’t take the Czech Republic seriously.”

    Vidim’s remarks reflected concern by many in Central and Eastern Europe that the U.S. interest in resetting ties with Moscow could come at their expense.

    Others were celebrating.

    “That’s wonderful news,” said Eva Novotna, who helped organized numerous protest against Czech involvement. “I’m really pleased to hear that.”

    © 2011 The Associated Press

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