Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New Cold War ?

In a statement reflecting the growing distrust between Moscow and the West, a top Russian general on Monday warned that Poland and the Czech Republic risk being targeted by Russian missiles if they agree to host U.S. missile defense bases.

The stark threat, by missile forces chief Gen. Nikolai Solovtsov, was one of the most bellicose comments yet by Russian officials on the issue, which 10 days ago led President Vladimir Putin to warn of a "new Cold War" in a speech in Munich that shocked Western governments.

This statement when taken in context with the comments recently made by Putin could easily draw us towards unsettling conclusions. After accusing the US of establishing, or trying to establish, a "uni-polar world". He went on to state...

"What is a uni-polar world? No matter how we beautify this term, it means one single centre of power, one single centre of force and one single master,"

"The United States has overstepped its borders in all spheres - economic, political and humanitarian, and has imposed itself on other states,"

Has a lack of world stability and incompetent leadership brought us back to the threshold of a new cold war ? There is no doubt that the Russians have turned up the volume with their rhetoric. There is also no doubt that the US has illegally overstepped the boundaries of the sanctuary of sovereign states.

A new cold war? Well maybe not yet, but it is a warning sign to be taken seriously. My question is, are those in power actually listening?


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