No Nukes II
The proposed radar installation is just one component of a missile defense plan that would also include anti-missile defense rockets, possibly to be located in Poland. While the Czech government has indicated its willingness to negotiate with the United States, opinion polls show that the plan is controversial among Czechs. It's thought the base could create jobs, but many fear that it could also make the country a target for attacks by America's enemies.
Hang on to your hats, people, or should I say don your tinfoil helmets and crawl under your desks? According to a May 2006 article in the NYTimes, this is probably part of a plan to build an antimissile defense shield around Iran. It seems like this all should be an issue of wider concern, not just in the Czech press, but I've heard little about it. This may be a little tiff in a minor European country, but the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved its Doomsday Clock ahead recently (once for growing arms danger in the Middle east and again for dangers of climate change), and the clock now stands at five minutes to midnight. Of the immediate problem near Brno, Sergei Ivanov (Russian defense minister) suggested in May 2006 that an antimissile site in Poland would have a "negative impact on the whole euro-Atlantic security system," and moreover, "the choice of location for the deployment of those systems is dubious, to put it mildly."
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