International Ballistic Missile Defense
The Need For an International Ballistic Missile Defense
With the proliferation of dangerous weapons in the hands of rogue states and terrorist forces, every day seems to bring new reports of rocket attacks by Hamas or Hezbollah and longer-range missiles being deployed by North Korea or Iran. These days perhaps the only thing better than a national missile defense is an international ballistic missile defense.
There are good longer-range reasons for this kind of international ballistic missile defense collaboration beyond the immediate safety and security concerns. Czech Republic Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek calls it nurturing "the joint will for the defense of freedom." Having lived for many decades under the thumb of Communist oppression, the Czechs and the Poles especially appreciate the value of that freedom that the rest of us tend to take for granted.
Perhaps that's why those two nations are happy to host the first serious deployment of an international ballistic missile defense system, as the United States plans to do in the near future. It's called the European Interceptor Site and is part of the Ballistic Missile Defense European Capability. Naturally, the usual suspects are crying about supposed "destabilization," despite U.S. assertions that only Iran should have much to worry about.
It's reminiscent of the hew and cry over the deployment of Pershing II offensive missiles in Western Europe in the early 1980s during the Reagan administration. Those were supposed to be destabilizing, too, but history soon witnessed instead the end of the Cold War. Contrary to the critics, not pursuing an international ballistic missile defense system is what would be ultimately destabilizing. It's all about that "joint will for the defense of freedom."
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