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by Euro Reporter
2008-09-02 08:55:34
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Lithuania a site for US missile shield

After long discussions with Poland and the Czech Republic and imminent acceptance to place a missile defense system in those countries, the United States now is reportedly talking to Lithuania as a possible site.

Lithuania is willing to negotiate with Washington on a possible site for a site if negotiations with Poland fail, Lithuania’s Defense Minister Juozas Olekas said. “If we received such a proposal, we would have to weigh the pros and cons,” Olekas said in an interview to Lithuanian national radio. At the same time, the Baltic nation said it hoped US talks with Poland would succeed. “We are observing the process because the anti-missile defense shield is important for the safety of Europe, the United States and Lithuania. We hope that our partners in Poland and the US will successfully close the talks,” Olekas said. The Pentagon said Lithuania is among the alternate countries that could host the missile defense site, adding an urgency to reach an agreement before President George W Bush leaves office. “We are hopeful that we can soon reach a deal with the Poles, but we have always said that there are other options available to us,” Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said. “There are several other European nations that could host the interceptors, and Lithuania is one of them.”

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Petras Vaitiekunas said Lithuania was observing the US negotiations with Poland, but the former Soviet nation is holding no official talks with Washington. With Bush due to leave office in January, Morrell said concerns that the next administration won’t support the missile defense plans were “absolutely” a factor in how the US proceeds in the negotiations with Warsaw.

And they are wondering why Russia is suspicious and considers all that as a threat. I mean the excuse is terrorism and Afghanistan and of course Lithuania is …bordering Afghanistan!


A cyber attack

Some 300 websites in the Baltic nation of Lithuania were targeted in a cyber assault reminiscent of attacks on computer networks in Estonia in 2007. The sites’ regular content was blocked out by a red background with the communist hammer and sickle symbol. “You, scum, have gone crazy,” a message in Russian posted by hackers on Lithuanian websites read, according to Russian news sources.

The attacks shut down the websites of the national ethics body, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party and local municipalities over the weekend. By June 30, most of sites were showing their regular content. “One could call it a cyber attack against Lithuania,” Defense Minister Juozas Olekas told journalists.

Hackers’ missiles!!!



The recent skinheads’ march in Vilnius on Lithuanian Independence Day was “national disgrace” and the country was shamed by the event, Lithuania’s President Valdas Adamkus said in a press statement earlier this March. The president’s attitude to this effect was expressed by his Press Secretary Rita Grumadaite at a news briefing. “In a democratic state that respects law, any attacks against representatives of other peoples and races are impermissible,” the president reportedly said. “It was a disgrace for Lithuania.”

It is undoubtedly a disgrace, but who created these feelings? Aren't the state and its unbelievable hatred of anything that reminds of the left equally responsible for pushing the youth to the other side?

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Emanuel Paparella2008-09-02 09:53:41
Levinas must be turning in his grave.

There is common thread in those three newsreports. "Hacker's missiles" imply that in our brave new world driven by ideologies of the right and of the left (one is the other side of the coin)inter-personal relations make no sense. What counts are cynical Machiavellian considerations. Indeed, the young have gotten the drift.

Emanuel Paparella2008-09-02 09:56:38
And of course, borders too make no sense in cyberspace. It's the law of the jungle. He who has the bigger muscles wins: might is right. Judt look at those muscles in today's cover picture.

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