Bush's space bomb
CLAIMS by US president George W Bush that his Son of Star Wars plan is purely defensive were blown out of the water this week. The Observer newspaper reported that US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is presiding over a programme aiming to develop a "space bomber" which could strike anywhere in the world.
US politicians and Britain's New Labour foreign secretary Jack Straw have argued that Star Wars is simply a defensive system to shoot down missiles fired at the US or its allies. The "space bomber" plan means the US's real aim is to be able to strike across the globe while hiding behind its protective shield.
Rumsfeld says the aim is for a space-based vehicle "for conducting rapid global strikes". The craft could drop bombs from 60 miles high. It could reach anywhere in the world in less than 90 minutes from its position in orbit.
Star Wars is about the US wanting to establish its ability to militarily enforce its interests across the globe.
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