President Dimitry Medvedev made clear he continues to regard Bush as representing a Cold War mentality and he intends to make clear Russia will not back down. Bush pushed to establish missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic and has urged NATO membership for nations in eastern Europe. The Russian leader announced his nation would deploy missiles in territory near the Polish border in a defiant slap in the face of President Bush.
Hopefully, a President Obama will sit down and discuss Russian concerns with Medvedev in an effort to avoid initiating a new Cold War. Obama will be receptive to a Russian desire for peace and security. Medvedev may well be changing his mind by next spring.
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During the past year, President Bush has been pushing for construction of missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. Many people in the Czech Republic have opposed the bases and some polls indicate the number in opposition may represent about half the population of the country. A supporter of the bases, Jan Vidim claims Czech intelligence has evidence Russian spies are operating to stir up opposition to the planned bases. He cites evidence from the Czech Security Information Service(BIS) that Russian agents are openly “trying to influence the public. they have to be pretty sure about it.”
For some reason, members of parliament such as Vidim consider it perfectly appropriate for American agents and political leaders to propagandize for bases but if other nation try to implement similar plans they become “agents” and “spies” bent on destroying the Czech democracy. The United States spends millions trying to influence public opinion in dozens of nations so why should it be surprising that Russia is engaged in similar activities?
Recent polls reveal half the Polish population fears a Russian assault on their nation which has resulted in a dramatic shift from opposing construction of a US missile base in their nation to large scale support for the idea. A prominent newsmagazine, Wprost ran a picture of Prime Minister Putin on its cover and on his face was a Hitler moustache. The people of Poland must recognize the Bush explanation for a missile defense is a complete lie. The very idea that a missile base was needed in Poland to prevent missiles from Iran is ludicrous. Why would Iran be firing missiles at European nations? If anything, they more logically would be headed towards Israel.
Polish political leaders do not hold strong belief in security that might be provided by the European Union. In an editorial in Rceczposolita, it was noted, “Berlin is avoiding any kind of confrontation. Because German has no level to expert pressure.” A difficulty preventing any significant action on the part of the European Union is lack of any agreed upon action that might seriously impact Russia. The Europeans obtain energy from Russia and the idea o resorting to military action is simply not in the cards.
President Putin arrived in Bucharest to attend the NATO meeting only to encounter a mixtue of good and bad news. The aggressive actions of President Bush were both supported and rejected by NATO members. NATO nations rejected the application for membership by the Ukraine and Georgia due to fear such action would only anger the Russian government. The Russian people fear the presence of hostile forces on their borders due to the reality of twice in the twentieth century being invaded by forces from the West. However, it appears NATO will support attempts by President Bush to establish missile bases in Poland and the Czech Republic. Bush, and some politicians in Georgia and the Ukraine, warned it would be dangerous to allow Russian concerns to become influential in determining what is done by NATO.
NATO was born at a time when real threats were present from the Soviet Union but that era is long since past. There is no indication Russia contemplates any military action aganist the West despite the rantings and warnings by George Bush. The American leader needs “enemies” in order to continue justifying laws that threaten the rights and liberties of the American people and right now Russia serves his hysterical political agenda. The claim that bases are needed in Poland and the Czech Republic against “Iranian missiles” makes absolutely no sense. Why would Iran ever contemplate attacking western Europe? Bushism is the voice of fear, not reality.
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