build a missile defense system? A missile defense system would intend to be a defensive screen for America and its allies. Its goal would be to track incoming ballistic missiles and then destroy them. The question is will it work? At what cost? Will it do any good? Robert A. Levine, defense analyst and former official in the U.S. executive and legislative branches, thinks not, he states that:.
The dirty little truth is that North Korea, or any other terrorist state, not to mention nonstate groups like Osama bin Laden's, will be able to deliver terrorist weapons - biological, chemical, maybe even nuclear - by a number of nonmissile means. All ABM development can do is to spend tens of billions of dollars to force them to develop those alternatives at costs measured in millions. (Levine 2) .
A missile defense system does not defend against nonmissile means, it costs the government billions and there are many countermeasures, any of which would doom the system. Such a national defense system is also frowned upon by the international community. The case for a missile defense system lies mostly in the argument of that there are many rouge states that could strike us, at any moment, with ballistic missiles. The side for a missile defense system also states that nations use there weapons of mass destruction as blackmail against the U.S. and that a missile defense system would negate the weapons of mass destruction. These arguments have many fallacies and are misleading.
Will a missile defense system do any good? A missile defense system does not defend against nonmissile means of attacks. This means it can not defend against the ever growing threat of terrorism. Terrorist do not launch ballistic missies across the sea they are more likely to plant nuclear bombs in suitcases or smuggle chemical agents to be used on Americans (Deutch 2). John Deutch, an institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, former U.