August 15, 2008
The CBC reports:
A Russian general says the recently negotiated deal to allow the United States to place a missile interceptor base in Poland “cannot go unpunished.”
Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn, deputy chief of the Russian general staff, made the comment to reporters on Friday.
Nogovitsyn was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying Poland was risking attack by agreeing to the deal.
It should be obvious by now the Russians will no longer tolerate the U.S. deploying missile “defense” systems on their border and if the neocons continue to do so Russia will attack the NATO’s client states.
“The Parties of NATO agreed that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all,” states the treaty. In other words, if Russia takes out Poland’s “missile defense shield,” there will be war in Europe. Not just any old war, mind you, but a nuclear war.
“President Putin has warned the US that its deployment of a new anti-missile network across Eastern Europe would prompt Russia to point its own missiles at European targets and could trigger nuclear war,” the Times Online reported last June. “We have brought all our heavy weapons beyond the Urals and reduced our military forces by 300,000. But what do we have in return? we see that Eastern Europe is being filled with new equipment, two positions in Bulgaria and Romania, as well as radar in the Czech Republic, and missile systems in Poland. What is happening? Unilateral disarmament of Russia is happening,” said Putin.
Poland further angered Russia when president and former childhood actor Lech Kaczyński and his “Baltic counterparts called for a NATO action plan for Georgia on Wednesday, saying membership is the only way to prevent future ‘aggression and occupation’ after the recent Russia-Georgia conflict,” reports by Monsters and Critics.
As F. William Engdahl writes, the so-called missile defense deal with Poland moves the world closer to nuclear war:
The signing on August 14 of an agreement between the governments of the United States and Poland to deploy on Polish soil US ‘interceptor missiles’ is the most dangerous move towards nuclear war the world has seen since the 1962 Cuba Missile crisis. Far from a defensive move to protect European NATO states from a Russian nuclear attack, as military strategists have pointed out, the US missiles in Poland pose a total existential threat to the future existence of the Russian nation. The Russian Government has repeatedly warned of this since US plans were first unveiled in early 2007. Now, despite repeated diplomatic attempts by Russia to come to an agreement with Washington, the Bush Administration, in the wake of a humiliating US defeat in Georgia, has pressured the Government of Poland to finally sign the pact. The consequences could be unthinkable for Europe and the planet.
For NATO, however, such a scenario is not unthinkable. “The west must be ready to resort to a pre-emptive nuclear attack to try to halt the ‘imminent’ spread of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction, according to a radical manifesto for a new Nato by five of the west’s most senior military officers and strategists,” the Guardian reports.
Calling for root-and-branch reform of Nato and a new pact drawing the US, Nato and the European Union together in a “grand strategy” to tackle the challenges of an increasingly brutal world, the former armed forces chiefs from the US, Britain, Germany, France and the Netherlands insist that a “first strike” nuclear option remains an “indispensable instrument” since there is “simply no realistic prospect of a nuclear-free world”.
Nogovitsyn said that Russia’s military doctrine sanctions the use of nuclear weapons “against the allies of countries having nuclear weapons if they in some way help them.” According to Nogovitsyn, that would include elements of so-called strategic deterrence systems, reports the Associated Press.
The neocons welcome this nuclear brinkmanship as the “official return of history,” as Robert Kagan deemed it on the pages of the Washington Post. Kagan and the neocons, no doubt, have reserved a place in the bunker.