[Marxism] Gorbachev says US missile plan targeting Russia

Nasir Khan nasir.khan at c2i.net
Thu Nov 29 04:49:11 MST 2007

Republished, November 29, 2007: http://nasir-khan.blogspot.com, http://sudhan.wordpress.com


Gorbachev: US missile plan targeting Russia


News International, November 29, 2007-11-29 

BUDAPEST, Hungary: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said on Wednesday that he viewed a US plan to deploy a missile defence shield in Central Europe as targeting Russia, not Iran. 

"(On Tuesday) Milos Zeman, the former Czech prime minister, said, 'What kind of Iran threat do you see? This is a system that is being created against Russia,'" Gorbachev said. 

"I don't think Zeman is alone in seeing this. We see this as well as he sees it." The United States wants to place a radar station in the Czech Republic and interceptor missiles in Poland, saying the components would defend European allies against a possible Iranian strike. Gorbachev, 76, whose policies of glasnost and perestroika openness and restructuring helped end communism in the Soviet Union and its satellites, criticised the high level of military spending by the United States. "Does America intend to fight the rest of the world, does America need to build a new empire? They will not succeed," Gorbachev said at the close of a meeting of the World Political Forum, a group he founded in 2003 that includes many former high-ranking politicians.

Gorbachev, who won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize, said negotiations with Iran needed to continue with the involvement of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog agency, to ensure Iran did not produce nuclear weapons. 

Gorbachev said he hoped the United States would not attack Iran during the remainder of the term of US President George W Bush. "There still one year that President Bush has on his hands. Let's hope that he will not take the risk ... of military action against Iran," Gorbachev said, adding that such an attack "at the very least" could provoke increased terrorist attacks, an energy crisis and "even result in a big war." 

Asked about Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gorbachev said that, while he initially had doubts about Putin being able to lead Russia, he now supported him.

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