10 October 2003

Russia bares its military teeth

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov has said his country does not rule out a pre-emptive military strike anywhere in the world if the national interest demands it.

He said that Russia faced foreign interference in its internal affairs and instability in neighbouring states as well as classic threats such as the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, international terrorism and the drugs trade

President Vladimir Putin, who met Mr Ivanov on Thursday, added that the Russian military still possessed a formidable nuclear arsenal.

A report by the Defence Ministry also called on Nato to review its strategy, warning that otherwise it would be necessary to pursue 'a radical reconstruction of Russian military planning, including changes in Russian nuclear strategy'.

This is just more fruit falling from the neocon tree. Evidently Israel has adopted the preemptive war doctrine. Who next? China? Pakistan? Iran? We had a world of imperfect law. Now we are fast drifting into a world of total anarchy.

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