Wednesday, January 30, 2008
United States' Plan to 'Dominate Space' Could Backfire
By aggressively pursuing space weapons, the United States may create the very arms race that world leaders are trying to avoid. It has been a little more than a year since China tested its anti-satellite capabilities by destroying a defunct Chinese weather satellite and producing a cloud of debris that is still littering low Earth orbit. Space warriors reiterated their claims that the United States needs to step up their efforts to dominate space before anyone else does. Global Security experts claimed that maybe it was finally time for the United States to accept the invitation of Russia and China to draft a treaty prohibiting space weapons. No one knows if Russia and China are calling for a space treaty because it makes them look good in the international arena or because it is something they really want. Some say the anti-satellite test was "a shot over the bow" to let the United States know that they cannot ignore the space weapons question anymore.