British Lord Warns: U.S. Anti-Missiles Aim at Russia

6 de junio de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="23" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>British Lord Warns: U.S. Anti-Missiles Aim at Russia</h1><p>June 6, 2007 (LPAC)--Commenting on a <em>Financial Times</em> editorial attacking Russian President Vladimir Putin's opposition to the U.S. deployment of an anti-missile system in Eastern Europe, Robert Skildelsky, a Conservative party member of the House of Lords, wrote that it is the Bush Administration's provocative policy that is the problem.</p><p>In a letter to the editor today, Lord Skidelsky writes that the <em>Financial Times</em> failed to "address the question of why the new bases have to be placed there in the first place. No one believes the American justification that they are needed to defend Europe against nuclear attacks from North Korea or Iran. This being so the Russians may reasonably ask: Why are they being put there?"</p><p>Skidelsky points to two possibilities. One being a way of "humiliating" them by reminding the Russians "that they lost the cold war, and that it is the Americans, not Russia who now call the shots."</p><p>The other possiblity, which is "more disturbing," Skidelsky writes, is that the purpose is "to neutralize Russia's nuclear capability. Russia would be deprived of the ability to deter an American attack, whether nuclear or conventional.... If this is the game, the Russian response is understandable. Russia is playing the only card it has."</p><p>Skidelsky concludes, "Instead of blaming the Russians, it would show a better sense of proportion if you [ <em>The Financial Times</em> ] directed your fire, from time to time against the most unresponsive and self-centered U.S. administration since Franklin Roosevelt took the U.S. out of isolationism."</p><p>Skidelsky has strong ties to Russia and was an early critic of the Iraq war.</p></div></body>