Story last updated at 4:35 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2002

Oppose missile plan
Dear Editor,

A traveling road show is rolling through communities in Alaska to alert folks about the potential dangers deployment of missiles, especially nuclear-tipped missiles, will have on Alaska and the rest of the world.

National missile defense is an expensive ($120 billion in taxpayer dollars and counting) and problem-plagued plan to "shield" the United States from nuclear attack. The idea has been blasted by the scientific community for its unrealistic objective, in effect: "hitting a bullet with a bullet."

For Alaska, missile defense means more contamination, more exposure to cancer-causing toxins, and the possibility of fallout. For the world, it means a new nuclear arms race.

Building missile silos in Fort Greely this month represents the United States' unilateral withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, a treaty called "the cornerstone of strategic stability." To overcome a possible "shield," and to better protect themselves, countries such as China have already announced plans to build more, and more sophisticated, bombs.

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Soren Wuerth,

Citizens Opposed to Defense Experiments



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