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EU states raise no objection to US missile plan at NATO forum - EUobserver.com
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - US plans to build a shield against intercontinental missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic received tacit approval from the 26 NATO member countries at a meeting on Thursday (19 April), despite opposition to the plan inside the EU and from Russia.

"There were no critical comments on the US system," NATO spokesman James Appathurai said after the first meeting of high-level NATO political representatives on the US plan, held at NATO headquarters just a few kilometres outside the EU capital, Brussels.

Out of the 26 NATO members, 22 countries are also EU member states, including Germany (which previously said the US should consult Russia more) as well as Greece and Italy (parts of which are reportedly to be excluded from the US shield coverage for technical reasons).

"There was an agreement that there is a threat to Europe from missiles...Iran was named," Mr Appathurai added, after a presentation by US general, Henry Obering, using Pentagon battle management software to detail European defence scenarios with and without the shield.
by Fran on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 12:32:26 AM EST
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US Battles to Ease Russian Fears Over Missile Shield | Europe | Deutsche Welle | 19.04.2007
The United States struggled Thursday to ease Russian fears about plans to extend its vast missile shield into Europe, as Moscow brushed off for the time being an offer to cooperate on the project.

At NATO headquarters in Brussels, a US delegation persuaded Washington's partners that the shield poses no threat to Russia, even though Moscow is concerned the system could be widened in the future.


"The allies were convinced and are convinced that there are no implications of the United States' system for the strategic balance," NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said after the highest-level talks ever on the issue.


"Ten interceptors will not, cannot affect the strategic balance and 10 interceptors cannot pose a threat to Russia," he said, after meetings between the 26 NATO allies followed by a so-called NATO-Russia Council.


Washington announced in January plans to extend its missile shield into Europe to counter a potential missile attack from "rogue states" like Iran, and possibly North Korea.


It would involve 10 missile interceptors without warheads set up in Poland and a radar system in the Czech Republic to track any attack. This would be linked to an advance warning system, probably in the Caucasus.

by Fran on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 12:33:11 AM EST
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No warheads?

What do they do? Glare at the incoming?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 04:58:01 AM EST
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I think the idea is more like deflecting a bullet by shooting another bullet at it.

And if you know anyone who thinks that will work: My uncle, the former Finance Minister of Zaire, recently died and left behind a bank account containing $ 8.5 million...

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt ät gmail dotcom) on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 05:08:30 AM EST
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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 03:37:13 AM EST
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Yes, but can't you appreciate the grim humour of observing all these pious fools scrabbling around like cockroaches for the least tit-bit fallen from the White House table.

It's laugh or cry time. They say they're for protection against Iran !! C'mon, Bill Hicks couldn't have said a funnier line. No doubtr against "Iranese intecontinental ballistic rocks". "But thems ain't just ordinary rocks. No sirree !! These have phrases from the Koran stuck to them, these missiles are essential to save our souls".

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Apr 20th, 2007 at 04:11:36 AM EST
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