The fact that Putin and Medvedev and every Russian is against that rocket shield is because Bush and the US would have rockets in range of Moscow. Frankly that scared the crap out of everybody here. Bush is more instable than our gasflow to Europe and it only took a firecracker to set him off. Should he have rockets in range of Moscow, God knows what would happen.
Not only the fact that missiles will be in range but lets look at this from another perspective, what if America decided to attack Russia, with that shield in place one of its counterattack methods would be crippled and give America a free ride without any long distance assaults from Russia to send them astray, you have to remember even a shield can be used as a weapon.
Long story short, in the game of politics you should allways look for the other possibility's behind their choices, one of the greatest weapons of the new age is information.
Why place that missile shield at the border of Russia and not inside Russia? To me that shows that Bush still saw Russia as one of his 'bandit states'.
As above, in a case of a attack on Americas side, Russia would not be able to strike at the shield because it is in a country that is not partaking in the war and will count as a act of aggression into European countries, and of course with Americas propaganda (Yes it is propaganda because they only give you the information they want you to know, deal with it)
they wont say about Americas attack but will say about Russia's counteroffensive.
There have been reports in Russia that CNN is only showing the news the want to show and the news the rest of the world is showing. The point I'm trying to make it that you think Russia is trying to take over Europe, which is fine since you are allowed to have an opinion. I however do not agree with that view. The reporter that was shot in her house is BELIEVED to be killed by people loyal to Putin. That leaves about 70 million possible suspects. It was never proved who did it
Saying a Putin loyalist is like saying a white man who murdered a black man is a racist, things are rarely that black and white (no pun intended)
As I said, our history makes us a little weary for certain things and that is why some nations think of Russia as criminal and corrupt and all. Moscow went from nothing to the city with the most billionaires and millionaires in the world. Such a sudden change of environment does things to you. So please do not judge us for things that you can not comprehend, it is who we are and what we are.
The reason why people see Russia as corrupt and such is that the countries don't go "Hey Russia did this awesome thing, cool huh!" its allways "OMG Russia did this now lets all QQ at their evilness!" I never believe anything unless i hear both sides, and as the media is today, "One Englishman was killed, lets not say anything about the 200 others its just this one Englishmen we will worry about, by the way it was a African American Englishman (Yes that is what there called sometimes) and the killer was a white man so it is believed to be a racist attack even though the other 200 were white people, there was one black person so it is racist."
And of course people believes Iraq a third world country had the capability to use WMDs that could reach Europe and America, if all these anti missile weapons are available why such a ruckus about a country that resorts to road side bombs and guerrilla strikes, yeah that really sounds like a country capable of long range military strikes, and of course the moment Iraq was seen as "safe" now it was Iran that had these weapons, sorry to break it to you but Iraq was just for its supplies of oil, since America likes to have cars that do 1 mile per swimming pool of diesel