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I read the front-page July 10 article “Russia threatens military action after U.S. inks Czech missile deal” not only with great interest, but also with grave anxiety. Russia has been against U.S. plans to build a missile defense shield in Europe. Russians will not feel comfortable seeing it built near their borders. We shouldn’t do what others don’t like. I’m afraid the arms race may start up again.

I just can’t see why the United States should build a missile defense shield on Czech territory. If the Americans are afraid of Iran’s missiles, they could build a missile defense shield along the East Coast of America — from Maine to Florida.

It must be costly to build a missile defense shield far away from America. When carbon dioxide emissions and climate change are endangering the future of Planet Earth, human beings should be thinking about how to plant trees and grass in the deserts, instead of trying to build a missile defense shield in other countries.

naoshi koriyama