"Russia’s renegade attitude alienates and aggravates War
Friday, June 01, 2007
Anyone ever wonder how Iran has come so close to developing a nuclear
Most analysts say Iran is 5-7 years away from developing the
technology. Israeli intelligence says it is even sooner.
But the real question here is how did this happen?
Why is Russia allowed to sell weapons to states that sponsor terrorism?
The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin in my opinion is one of the most
corrupt leaders in the world. This man is an ex KGB agent, and from
July 1998 to August 1999 was the head of the FSB which is the successor
agency of the KGB.
Why did I mention that?
Well, I am trying to illustrate that this man is very powerful and has
been for quite some time. He is feared by many in Russia which is why
his decisions are able to go unchallenged.
Russia sells weapons and military technology to countries President Bush
has labeled the “Axis of Evil”. In early January of this year, Russian
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced the fulfillment of Moscow’s
billion dollar deal with Iran. View the full story at
To sum it up, the United States government criticized this weapons deal
Ivanov replied to the harsh criticism by saying, “If Iran wants to buy
defensive, I underline defensive, equipment for its armed forces, then
Is this a game?
I would love to see Putin’s reaction if the circumstances were reversed.
The United Nations has passed a resolution against selling atomic
materials and technology to Iran. Yet, Russia says Iran is only
interested in atomic energy for peaceful purposes and has gone so far as
to build a nuclear power plant in Iran.
Can you say violating the UN sanctions?
But the massive failures of the United Nations are a story for another
day. In fact, Russia is almost solely responsible for the progress Iran
has made towards nuclear enrichment, whether that may be for peaceful
electricity purposes or to make a nuclear bomb.
Which one is it?
The real question you should be asking is, are you willing to take the
chance that it may be the latter?
The answer should be, No, for reasons I will lay out in the next
Iran isn’t the only enemy of the United States that Russia supplies arms
to. Russia sells billions of dollars worth of weapons to Hugo Chavez’s
government in Venezuela. This is the same Hugo Chavez who recently
called President Bush “The Devil” and cancelled a popular television
network because they didn’t always support his point of view.
Russia also sells arms to Syria as does Iran with the Russian missiles
they acquire. Fact: Syria is a known state sponsor of terrorism. Let
me break this down in a very general flowchart kind of way. Russia
sells weapons to Iran, who sells them to Syria, who gives them to a
known terrorist network called Hezbollah, who fires these rockets at
Israel killing innocent civilians as we saw last summer.
So who is the problem?
Is it Syria?
Sure they shouldn’t sponsor a terrorist network. But that is a
temporary solution to the greater threat.
Why is Russia allowing their weapons to fall into the hands of these
This is why we cannot afford to gamble on whether or not Iran wants
nuclear technology for electricity or for a bomb.
Political analysts here in the United States are saying that US-Russian
relations are at the lowest point since the Cold War. Putin has been
blasting the U.S. for its proposed missile defense shield it plans on
implementing in the Eastern European countries of Poland and the Czech
This is viewed as a serious threat to Russian security, but why?
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice states that the defense
shield is capable of stopping only a small number of warheads at a
time. Russia has the ability to launch multiple warheads at once which
would completely bypass the shield system. But for a country like North
Korea or Iran who might launch one or two, this shield could intercept
those missiles. Russia went even further by testing a new
inter-continental missile with the ability to launch multiple warheads
recently to show the United States they could beat this shield if
needed. This of course, is exactly what U.S. officials already knew and
have been trying to tell President Putin with the hopes of calming him
But he is irrational, and compared President Bush’s foreign policy to
that of Hitler’s in a speech given not too long ago. Here is an idea;
if Russia controlled who it sold its arms and technology to in a more
responsible way, the United States would not feel the need to create
defense shields in Poland and the Czech Republic.
There are countless examples of how Russia is the most dangerous country
to the United States’ security these days.
Now I want to be clear about something; I in no way am promoting a war
with Russia or anything close to that extremity. However, I think
America needs to realize that Iran is a temporary threat to US
security. If Iran is out of the equation, Russia will just find another
anti-American country to sell its weapons to. We must address the
source of the problem. If it is the money Russia is after, we should
propose buying up the arms that Russia would sell to Iran instead. This
way Russia is happy, they got paid, and the US is happy, it kept weapons
out of the hands of a state that sponsors terrorism.
This would be a good start to addressing the issue, but much diplomatic
work needs to be done between the United States and Russia before this
threat could ever be extinguished. Also, let me point out that this
solution works if and only if Russia is selling weapons and technology
for the money. I am not convinced it is.
Next in the series:
Russia’s repression of journalists!
Andrew Turkish wants to protect the Land of the Free from oppressive
regimes like Russia!
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