Russia’s Space Terrorism
Two weeks ago, an orbiting Russian government Cosmos 2251 satellite crashed into an American private satellite owned by the Iridium corporation, obliterating both and scattering at least 2,000 pieces of dangerous debris that will pollute the Earth’s orbit for decades. It is already threatening the next mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
It did not have to happen. The Russian government could have “de-orbited” the Cosmos 2251, which had ceased to function usefully years before, and avoided the collision, which was certain to occur otherwise. The Russian government chose not to do so.
That’s terrorism. Now, not only will Russia’s own satellites have to avoid this detritus field, but Russia has even further blackened its own reptuation and standing in the world community, right on the heels of its outrageous barbarism in Georgia and its egregious imperlialism in Ukraine.
What did Russia get in return? Are Russians proud of their ability to act like the Chechens of space? Will they proudly wear the world’s designation “bandit nation” just as the Chechen terrorists do?
Do Russians really think they will do better with the cold war the second time around, this time as a pale shadow of a much more powerful state that the West has already destroyed utterly?