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Monday, 29 May 2006 12:32
THE ESCALATION OF THE COLD WAR


PEJ News - F. H. Knelman, Ph.D. - The normal dynamics of the nuclear arms race is that each increment of offence by one side is matched by an increment of defence. But in the case of the U.S. and Russia there has been a consistent program by the former to achieve meaningful superiority, which has driven the arms race. Another aspect of the above arms race is determined by the distance between opposing targets. The major weapons used in the above case are, therefore, ballistic missiles of high range, i.e. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) and Ballistic Missile Defences (BMD).

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THE ESCALATION OF THE COLD WAR

F.H. Knelman, Ph.D.

PEJ News
May 29, 2006


The normal dynamics of the nuclear arms race is that each increment of offence by one side is matched by an increment of defence. But in the case of the U.S. and Russia there has been a consistent program by the former to achieve meaningful superiority, which has driven the arms race. Another aspect of the above arms race is determined by the distance between opposing targets. The major weapons used in the above case are, therefore, ballistic missiles of high range, i.e. Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) and Ballistic Missile Defences (BMD). The geography of the two major contesting parties is such that Canada has a major role in the conflict, lying as it does between them. Thus there have been arrangements made between the U.S. and Canada to locate BMDs in the latter. Then recently, the U.S. has taken a radical position by negotiating to locate BMDs in Eastern Europe adjacent to Russia. Two locations are the focus of this strategy - the Ukraine and Poland. This is a radical step by the U.S. to consolidate superiority, since it affords the benefit of destroying Russian ICBMs in their boost stage. The danger of this radical move by the U.S. is that Russia will not tolerate it bringing the world closer to all-out nuclear war. In other words, the Cold War has emerged in its open and full-scale form due entirely to U.S. policy. One final advantage for having BMD sites close to their targets is that the deadly radioactive fallout will occur on the target area.


In an earlier article we pointed out that the U.S. was actively seeking to locate BMDs in the Ukraine. This is surely the most provocative and irresponsible act in the history of the Cold War. Fortunately a regime change in the Ukraine foiled their attempt. While the Czech Republic remains at the table, the U.S. focus has turned to Poland, which has been very receptive, i.e., ?They asked us if we were still interested in discussing the issue?, and Poland?s Deputy Foreign Minister added, ?Of course we said ?yes? and we are awaiting details?, (Michael R. Gordon, Associated Press, May 22, 2006). The above article also revealed that the U.S. has rehearsed helicopter attacks in Poland. Poland has joined the U.S. in Iraq. Sergei Ivanov, Russian Defence Minister, told a Belarus newspaper, ?The choice of location for the deployment of these systems is dubious, to put it mildly?, (op.cit. above). This is a clear warning, to put it mildly. This move by the U.S. is a very dangerous step in their policy of never relinquishing dominance. The Cold War is well, alive and in the open.

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