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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Point, Counterpoint

"As of today, Russia has new tactical and strategic complexes that are capable of overcoming any existing or future missile defense systems."

-- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, May 30, 2007, as quoted by ITAR-TASS

"Unbreakable Union of freeborn Republics Great Russia has welded forever to stand."

-- Opening lines of the National Anthem of the U.S.S.R., which actually lasted slightly less long than "forever"

PS: If Russia really did have a perfect, unbeatable offensive nuclear weapon, would it be complaining about the presence of a U.S. ballistic missile shield in Eastern Europe? And ask yourself this: Why does Russia need the ability to fire ballistic missiles at Eastern Europe? Isn't Russia a "reliable partner"?

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