Reader: Should the U.S. Feel Threatened by Russian Missiles?

Gabriella Rodriguez-Sanchez, Photo Editor

Recently, Russia set off a new missile system in the Arctic and conducted several nuclear tests.

Many Americans have begun to ask themselves, “Are we at risk?” and, “What should we do about it?”

According to senior Meagan Nguyen, it’s not much of a big deal to her at least.

“The U.S. is strong enough to protect themselves against the missiles,” Nguyen said.

Nguyen said the missile testing should be no cause for concern to the U.S. since Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump are allies, but  should still be taken seriously since the consequences of allowing these nuclear tests could be fatal.

“It would definitely cause the U.S. to be more defensive,” Nguyen said. “Especially if they hit somewhere we least expected.”

Senior Anh Dao agrees with Nguyen’s notion that the U.S. can easily take care of themselves in case of an incidence.

“America is more advanced,” Dao said. “We shouldn’t be concerned that Russia’s missiles will beat ours.”

Dao believes that since there is no turmoil between the two countries leaders, people shouldn’t be so on-edge about the situation.

“Trump and Putin aren’t fighting, so we shouldn’t be scared that we might be under some kind of attack,” Dao said. “It’s only a test.”

With this in mind, senior Jacob Cortez still believes that Russia’s missiles are dangerous, despite the connection the Russia has with the U.S.

“In a way it is [a threat], because I know there has always been those ties between our president and Russia so there is an alliance,” Cortez said.

Cortez said that although their is an alliance, he sees why there is cause for distress and thinks that the U.S. should step up their defense system as a precaution.

“It’s people we don’t normally see, so we don’t know their intentions and we could be a target, Cortez said. “We don’t know what could happen.”