- The Washington Times - Friday, November 21, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Recently CNN conducted a poll asking which nation and its issues President-elect Barack Obama should first address. The majority chose Russia, and this poll expressed not only the concerns of CNN viewers, but most Americans as well.

The primary concern is the U.S. missile-defense system that may be deployed in both Poland and the Czech Republic. Russia claims that these locations pose a threat to their national security.

The probable cause of this issue can be attributed to the nuclear facilities being constructed by Russia for Iran. The Russians’ intent, however, was that the facilities be used as a source of energy only. Possibly, the verbally expressed intents and practices of the Iranian government have brought this system into a justifiable reality. Simply put, the Iranian government has threatened the international community with comments of nuclear intent. This same government has funded and participated in acts of terrorism, thereby reinforcing the threats of nuclear concern.

One solution would be that the international community consider the existing stability and practices of a government before engaging in any type of communication leading to the construction of nuclear facilities and/or sales of arms. Criteria could be established and enforced by an international governing body that would prohibit or allow such transactions. A component of the criteria, although difficult to implement, would include an analytical projection of the future of the government. All reasonable variables should be taken into account.

JAMES W. LITSEY

Evansville, Ind.

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