Space Weapons and the Strategic Defense
(Iowa State University Press, Ames, Iowa, 1991)
From the Epilogue, written in early 1990:
"Using a strategic defense to protect against Third World missiles
carrying chemical or nuclear weapons is similar to using an elephant
gun to protect against killer bees. Iraq is one of few countries
with missiles, and these missiles are short range (they can reach
Israel) and fly too low for a strategic defense to counter.
Furthermore, although Third World missiles could never come anywhere
close to the United States, chemical or nuclear weapons could be
delivered to the United States on ships or aircraft. A strategic
defense provides no protection against available means of third world
weapon delivery or against terrorism. Possible Third World threats
provide no justification for an expensive missile defense."
Since early 1990 we have had:
* War with Iraq in 1991, in which Iraq hit Israel with Scud
missiles, the countering of which our Patriot defensive missiles
were 0.0% effective (completely useless).
* Heightened concern about how close Iraq was to creating nuclear
weapons, as well as evidence they used chemical weapons on our
troops in the Gulf War.
* Terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 1993, killing 6.
* Domestic terrorism in Oklahoma City in 1995, killing 173.
* Terrorist bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
* Terrorist bombing of the USS Cole in 2000.
* Massive terrorist hijacked plane attacks on New York and
Washington, DC, in 2001, in which 3,000 were slaughtered, the
World Trade Center Towers were utterly destroyed, and the Pentagon
was partly destroyed.
* U.S. strikes at the Taliban and Al Quaeda terrorists in
Afghanistan, and subsequent invasion of Iraq.
* Al Quaeda terrorist bombings since 911 in Bali (killing nearly 200),
in the Phillipines, in Saudi Arabia, in Spain (killing hundreds
and injuring close to 2,000), in London, and in Jordan. They are
dedicated to random slaughter of civilians and are not going away.
* Almost daily terrorist attacks, first in Iraq and now in Afghanistant, that
have killed hundreds of civilians as well as U.S. troops.
* A heightened concern about the threat of biological (anthrax
and smallpox), chemical, and nuclear weapons in Third World
countries by terrorists.
-- "Dr. Grabbe's analysis of space weapons provides the general
public with a timely discussion of the prospects and problems of
the Strategic Defense Initiative, with particular emphasis on the
implications for nuclear arms and arms control. The glossary,
chronology, and appendices provide a useful reference on this
John Pike, Director
Space Policy Project
Federation of American Scientists
-- "Grabbe has written an excellent analysis of SDI ... His work
... is an essential acquisition for university libraries."
-- "This excellent volume provides a comprehensive discussion of
space weaponry from a political and scientific perspective ...
The book provides a handy reference work on the subjects ... The
volume is profusely illustrated with drawings and charts, and
contains 100 pages of appendices, notes, an index and glossary.
Its usefulness is enhanced ... by inclusion of the text of more
than a half-dozen treaties ... appendices provide easily
understandable explanations ...
Journal of Space Law
-- "... easily read and interesting treatise on SDI."
--"Many thanks for the draft of your book ... which I find
comprehensive, honest, and timely. [It includes] material
that the public does not often have opportunity to see..."
Letter from Prof. Carl Sagan
Astronomer, Cornell University
--"Thank you for sending me the draft of your fine book.
This is just what I hoped you would be able to complete with your
Letter from Dr. Abdus Salaam
Nobel prize in physics, 1967
Director, International Center for Theoretical Physics