Vladimir Putin is threatening to withdraw from the INF Treaty, and, as the world’s attention is fixed on the disaster unfolding in Iraq, the disarmament agreements reached in the waning days of the cold war are coming unraveled. The reason: the US is oufitting its EastÂ European satraps with missile “defense” armaments, which has led the Russians to announce that “it will be difficult for us to remain within the framework of the treaty”, whichÂ mandates destruction of Russian and US intermediate range missiles, unless it is expanded to include Poland, the Czech republic, and any other former Russian vassals that buy into the latest wares hawked by the US military-industrial complex.
It’s absurd — and an insult to theÂ Russians — to claim, as the Americans do, that they are concerned about a missile attack on Prague by … Iran.Â Baloney! As Putin put it, “It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.” It’s clear who this is aimed at. The question is: why? Is there really no limit to the War Party’s ambition — do they mean to take on the Russians along with the “Islamo-fascists“?
This is why I hope we never explore the cosmos, and go to other planets: any intelligent life we find there is bound to be declared an Enemy.