US Congressman: Missile Defense in Europe Could Spur Regime Change in Iran

Defense | November 23, 2010, Tuesday // 18:09|  views

Congressman Wilson says the creation of a missile shield in Europe could affect Iran's domestic politics. Photo by

The creation of the future US/NATO missile shield in Europe could serve to encourage the people of Iran to seek change of the regime in the country, US Congressman Joe Wilson told (Sofia News Agency).

In an interview for the Bulgaria-US Survey of, Congressman Wilson, a Republican member of the House from South Carolina and founder and chair of the Bulgaria Caucus in the US Congress, said that the strong performance of the Republican Party in the US midterm elections will boost the prospects of the missile defense system in Europe.

Wilson has declared that Iran's missile capabilities threaten Bulgaria as well a number of US allies in the region as well as America's "new ally", India.

"This is a real change with the midterm elections in the USA. The Republicans have traditionally been very strong on national defense... The good news is that with the new Congress Republicans support missile defense. We know Iran is a threat. The missile capabilities of Iran today put the cities and communities of Bulgaria within range , also Greece, Romania, Ukraine. Our new ally, another great new ally that we now have – India – is also with the range of Iran," he told (Sofia News Agency).

The South Carolina Congressman is convinced that the creation of missile defense system in Europe could render Iran's missile capabilities worthless and could have political repercussions in Iran itself.

"An effective missile defense system... will be encouraging the people of Iran to work for regime change in that country. They will know that money is being wasted on missiles, and that we have a defense system to counteract and protect the people of Bulgaria. Sadly, the Democrats are not in favor of a missile defense system. The current administration has been dragging its feet but the Republicans have been working hard to fully fund a missile defense system, and work with our allies such as Israel, India, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, all of us have a real interest in an effective missile defense system to stop the ability of Iran to threaten the people of the region," he explained.

The US project for a missile defense system in Europe has recently been adopted as a NATO-wide system at NATO's Summit in Lisbon on November 19-20, 2010. Elements of the shield are to be hosted by Romania and Poland, and potential Turkey. For the time being it appears unlikely that Bulgaria will host some of its elements.

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