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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI all over again?

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rshowalter - 05:38am Feb 22, 2001 EST (#749 of 750) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

"Anthony Kordisman* from the centre for defence and strategic studies says that nobody trusts anyone, and in order to find the truth of a situation those who want to know send people in to report back ... " lunarchick 2/21/01 8:54pm

An approach that takes this distrust for granted is set out in this thread #266-#269 rshowalt 9/25/00 7:32am

A discussion occurred thereafter, with a person I believe was President Clinton. It took a whole working day.

rshowalter - 05:45am Feb 22, 2001 EST (#750 of 750) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

I gave some citations in rshowalter 2/21/01 3:34pm and^976987@.f0ce57b/815

One that Id especially hope people read is

Psychwarfare, Casablanca -- and terror .... Gaurdian TALK most entertainingly, in #13- #23

I feel that, if that story could be widely discussed, and the movie Casablanca could be seen by Russians and Americans, together, communication that might make us all safer, and happier, and richer, might come.

I think clergymen should read it, too, and people interested in the arts and literature. There are things about the story that "secular humanists" and people of all faiths, ought to be able to think about together, and agree on. If we can't get agreement on some matters as fundamental as this, we ought to be terrified by current nuclear arrangements.

(If people knew more about the mathematics involved, they'd be much, much, much more afraid, but that is a separate issue.)

We need to apply "the Golden Rule" to people as they are. It we did, the world would be delivered from nuclear destruction. And many of the ugliest aspects of our human condition in the world might be adressable, by the people involved, as they actually are, from where they are, step by step.

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