Missile Defence A Security Risk Say Peace Groups

July 8, 2004

Missile Defence A Security Risk Say Peace Groups

Friends Of The Earth Australia
Australian Peace Committee
Campaign For International Cooperation And Disarmament (CICD)

Friends of the Earth Australia, the Australian Peace Committee and CICD believe that Australia is making a big mistake in signing up to Star Wars. The groups believe that the net effect of Australia's involvement in the scheme will be to decrease not increase, Australia's security.

According to the groups, ‘Missile Defence on the one hand, will lead to increased nuclear arms - racing, and on the other will not provide the security advantages that we are being told it will. Missile defence is a white elephant, but it is a highly dangerous one.

The abrogation of the ABM treaty by the US has already led to Russia fitting multiple warheads on its Topol-M missiles, and has led to the START nuclear arms limitation framework becoming inoperative. It will also lead to China increasing its modest ICBM force of 20 missiles to 200 missiles.

At the same time, though missile defence is supposed to be a protection at least against a possible North Korean warhead mounted on a dodgy and wobbly Taepo-Dong missile, there is no evidence that the system can ever work even against such a modest threat. It is just too easy to fit an incoming missile with low-tech decoys that will fool the system every time.

In the words of the New York Times, 'if it costs billions and can't tell the difference between a giant inflated snoopy and an incoming nuclear missile, maybe we should invest our money elsewhere..'

Hill and Downer have signed Australia on to what will likely become one of History's failures. This is a costly mistake that puts Australia's and the worlds security at risk.’

For more information contact:

John Hallam,FOEA: 02-9567-7533
Pauline Mitchell, CICD: 03-9663-3677
Irene Gale/Sue Gilbey, APC: 08-8177-0490