I apologise for the rushed and badly prepared post but we’re off to sunny Spain tomorrow and I’ve not got a lot of time between wrestling suitcases and calming down an excited 5yr old!
The gist of the post is “What do you all think about these missiles, then?”.
I think it’s a bigger story than it is being given credit for and a many faceted one too. I’m concerned at living in a country that has now become America’s front line and shot up the priority list of a few countries target lists. Whilst this may bring advantages (mainly to the USA) in terms of defending against or attacking whoever they see fit, it also surely makes Poland an easy closer target for anyone wishing to have a pop at Uncle Sam?
The troops and Patriot battery that will be sent here should never be looked at as “part of the deal”, no matter how much they’ll cost. They are simply a necessary part of locating the missiles and making sure nobody buggers them up. So what is Poland getting for putting itself in the firing line and being a good little Yankarse-licking doggy? Is it enough? I can understand there may be some satisfaction in pissing off the Russians and also in having a card always available up our sleeve in future negotiations with the USA but what about hard cash, aid, investment….. stuff we can see immediate benefits from?
On a more subtle level, we could ask who is using who here I suppose. Is this a better deal for the USA or for Poland. Who’s been Mr Smarty Pants in this negotiation? There’s also the much wider question of whether the USA is the best hitching rail to tie your horse to in the first place.
What about democracy then? I’m certain that were I running this country this is one issue that would have been put to a referendum, let the people have the final say. After all, they are ones who are going to be killed when we’re attacked.
I could go on for hours, but I don’t have them available.
Here’s a useful article for anyone who has no idea what I’m talking about.