ANSWERS: NMD WILL SPREAD GLOBALLY FROM NATION TO NATION, CREATING A ZONE OF SECURITY
ONCE NATIONAL MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM HAS BEEN BUILT, OTHERS WILL FOLLOW
AAron Lercher The Buffalo News June 16, 1999, SECTION: VIEWPOINTS, Pg. 3B
HEADLINE: U.S. SHOULD NOT PURSUE MISSILE-DEFENSE SYSTEM // lnu-acs
Like the atomic bomb, once the U.S. shows it can be done, others will do it, too. The accusations of Chinese spying at Los Alamos only heighten concerns. No one should be working on making nuclear weapons smaller, more accurate, more flexible and more useful in combat. If there is any kind of scientific research that should not be done, this is it.
JAPANESE THEATER MISSILE DEFENSE LEADS TO EUROPEAN MISSILE DEFENSE
The Times (London) August 18, 1999, HEADLINE: Club mad // lnu-acs
Last week the Japanese Cabinet announced, much to China's extreme displeasure, its decision to join a US research programme on theatre missile defence, one of seven systems the Pentagon is developing. Taiwan yearns for any missile shield the US can be persuaded to offer. Western European governments, which have so far given no thought to stopping medium-range rockets - the most likely threat against them - could be forced to rethink. The trend seems clear. Missile shields could mean almost as much to the next generation of defence planners as the nuclear umbrella was to the last. The next arms race could be anti-missile protection. These are all reasons why this week's talks in Moscow are critically important; they need to set safe precedents for law-abiding nations to defend themselves fully in an unpredictable new missile-armed world.
NATO SHOULD COOPERATE AND DEVELOP ITS OWN MISSILE DEFENSE
William Safire, January 26, 2001 The Denver Post SECTION: DENVER & THE WEST; Pg. B-07 HEADLINE: Rebalancing U.S.-Europe alliance //VT2002acsln
For that reason, Hague wishes that the Bush administration would go beyond 'a purely national missile shield.' Instead, 'the aim should surely be a global defense shield to which Britain could contribute its early warning radars as well as much-needed political and diplomatic support.' This revives the original idea behind NATO. American power - including the nuclear umbrella - was extended across the Atlantic to protect our European allies, as their forces joined in mutual defense. In planning to cope with the threat sure to come from Iraq, Iran or some well-financed terrorist group, an American-built missile defense system should again be assisted by, and in return protect, our allies.
Therefore, we should not limit ourselves to NMD, a national missile defense. We should test and deploy an AMD, an allied missile defense, extending its reach to allies endangered by blackmailers with deliverable weapons of mass destruction.
That will be costly; only the superpower can afford it. Tests will fail and fail and ultimately succeed; only the superpower's technology can achieve it.
The same idea that protected the free world from Communist domination for a half-century can protect the world from future terrorist intimidation. That idea is not erf! or multi-isolationism or a go-it-alone shield. It is the idea of collective security exemplified by NATO and led, as before, by a powerfully safe America.
PRESSURE FOR A THICKER MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM WILL EXTEND PROTECTION TO ALLIES
Greg Torode, January 28, 2001 South China Morning Post SECTION: Pg. 9 HEADLINE: Towards a new Cold War //VT2002acsln
At the same time, Mr Bush is expected to come under pressure from hawks within his own Republican Party to proceed with a far-more-extensive network along the lines of previous Republican leaders. These could link a national system with extensive use of Theatre Missile Defence shields, mobile screens comprising ship- and land-based radars to protect allies from Israel to Taiwan.
A WIDE NMD SYSTEM WILL PROTECT OUR ALLIES AS WELL
Editorial The Jerusalem Post January 30, 2001, SECTION: OPINION; Pg. 8 HEADLINE: Ending the era of vulnerability //VT2002acsln
The American answer to the charge that it is trying to defend only itself and leaving the West and Russia out in the cold should be a simple one: The US wants the umbrella of missile defenses spread as widely as the threat of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) has and will become.
USA IF FINANCING A MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM FOR ISRAEL, WHICH WILL BE SHARED WITH TURKEY
Janadas Devan, The Straits Times (Singapore), November 7, 1999 SECTION: (Review Cover Story); Pg. 36 HEADLINE: Shooting down missiles // ln-acs-11-11-99
The US is also financing Israel's Arrow II anti-ballistic missile system. It has an impressive record of successful tests, six out of seven, the most recent being completed early this week.
The system is expected to become operational early next year, and it may be exported to US allies like Turkey.
AS THE USA GOES ON MISSILE DEFENSE, SO GOES ISRAEL AND THE WORLD
Editorial, The Jerusalem Post, October 19, 1999, SECTION: OPINION; Pg. 8 HEADLINE: The missile-defense imperative // ln-10-29-99-acs
Since the US is the only possible engine behind a crash program to develop minimal, global missile defenses, US ambivalence regarding missile defense jeopardizes not only its own security but Israel's as well.