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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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- 07:31am Mar 8, 2001 EST (#872
Noted an article entitled "The golden rule of modern statecraft"
reviewing the work of Naill Ferguson/The cash nexus: Money and
Power in the modern world 1700-2000pub: Allen Lane Naill's book
has been released for 2 days, no review
- 07:35am Mar 8, 2001 EST (#873
Naill's theory of history draws attention to the powers of
economic forces in the shaping of State's Policy.
'Naill focuses on the role of money in modern history to show how
the development of institutions and idas has owed as much to hard
cash as to political belief. "If you are to understand modern
history, you have to understand how political institutions have come
about, and to do this you have to understand the importance of the
role of money" '
- 07:53am Mar 8, 2001 EST (#874
.... Another idea that the book presents for discussion is the
extent to which economic power can and should be translated in to
global political and military influence. In particular, Naill argues
hat the engagement of the US in international events is much more
limited thatn that of the British Empire when it had the equivalent
money and muscle power to play the role of the global policeman, and
that this disengagement raises questions as to how willing
democracies will be to defend themselves in the future.
He sees 'Superpowers' with populations choosing to 'stay at home
and race round in their four wheel drives' rather than assert
themselves on the world stage.
> Raises the question as to how the US ought to
be currently using it's power. How it ought to be asserting it's
self. What are 'Superpower responsibilities' in relation to world
The Bristish Empire was to some extend a trading block ... raw
produce IN-to the UK: Processing: goods and services OUT.
Is the US operating along these lines? Might it be using it's
wealth to assist economic development. On International Women's Day,
a point to note is that loans made directly to individual women in
Bengladesh, have enabled women to establish businesses, and, repay
the loans ... the money then available to the next woman borrower.
Had the monies the USA put towards Missiles been used in a
humanitarian manner ... might many have been enabled to lift
themselves out of poverty and become self sufficient? Just an 8th
- 08:52am Mar 8, 2001 EST (#875
A further interesting article (via The Times) relates to a need
to determine if some team projects ought to be less highly valued
than the work of individual scientist who ask questions and follow
ideas through to develop NEW knowledge.
Raises the question how much NEW knowledge, of value and able to
generate serious dollars, has evolved from MD expenditures.
Don Bradben lead a group of UK-scientists who were not sucessful
in getting a letter published arguing for funding to be made
available to these lone researcher(s).
<DonBraben@computerserve.com (instigator) physicsProf UCL>
- 10:06am Mar 8, 2001 EST (#876
The ways of a British Empire brought two World Wars and endless
suffering to millions struggeling to this day in the nations
separated by cleverly designed artificial borders created to "Divide
and Conquer" by the British.
It is my sencire believe the US entered the WWII after getting
the British promise to share its Empire. And the ONLY reason for
The existing of competing Soviet power limited the US
aspirations, particularelly after defeats in S.E. Asia.
After the breakup of USSR, I have a feeling the powerful and
influential forces in US are trying indeed to catch up their
conquer. Thats a reason for supporting bandits in Chechnia, KLA in
Yugoslavia, separatists in Tibet etc. all this has nothing to do
with idealism and all to do with cool and crual geopolitical
calculations to inflict the damage to not so aggreable to US
Juist imagine what would be a US reaction if Hispanic population
gains the majority in California and decided to separate using the
same tactics as KLA while getting support from say very powerful at
that time Mexico? Given the historical facts of American-Mexican
War, that would be much more justifiable action than what happend in
Kosovo, wouldn't it?
- 10:10am Mar 8, 2001 EST (#877
"CIA worked in tandem with Pakistan to create Taliban" - http://www.timesofindia.com/070301/07euro1.htm
- 10:15am Mar 8, 2001 EST (#878
"Fear of foreign spies was already inordinately high in the
United States when the sensational espionage charges against Robert
Philip Hanssen hit the headlines. The media and the public, always
starved for drama, have been captivated. The executive branch is
planning tough-sounding remedies, including new super organizations.
Existing counterintelligence bureaucracies have exploited the
"crisis" to grow and expand. And counterspy measures, resources and
personnel are already greater than they were during the height of
the Cold War." - http://www.latimes.com/news/comment/20010307/t000020148.html
There will be no Democracy and Freedom at home for the Nation
which has a foreign domination agenda. The World Policemen will need
to have a Police State at home!
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