George Bush is en route to this week's G8 Summit in Germany. The
President is stopping in the Czech Republic
today to talk about his proposed missile-defense shield, to be deployed outside
Prague and in neighboring Poland. Bush
says the plan is needed to protect America
and its allies from possible future strikes by Iran. However, more than sixty
percent of Czechs oppose the installation and European critics call the
proposal proof that the US
takes its eastern European allies for granted.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is almost literally up in arms over the
proposal, warning today that Moscow could take
retaliatory steps if the plan is put into place, including targeting sites in Europe. Is a new arms race in the offing? How necessary
is the proposed system? How reliable is it? Should politics trump technology in
finding a solution to the problem?