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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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- 08:44am Mar 16, 2001 EST (#1067
3/15/01 10:35pm makes very important points about resistances.
But the resistances are vulnerable under circumstances of openness.
Open dialogs are not easy to sabotage.
Even when they look like they are.
This thread is itself an example. Anyone opposing views expressed
on this thread could easiy post here. But to do so would be to
subject any ideas expressed to examination.
That's a "deterrance" in and of itself.
Have you noticed how concerned Presidents are about press
conferences? To have to answer a question is to be subjected to
power that even the President of the United States cannot completely
control. Sometimes power that the president cannot control at all.
Paradigm conflicts often DO resolve -- after key questions of
fact are established. This time, that will take some staff work.
Circumstances are ripe for a resolution in the interest of
everyone on earth. Or in the interest of almost everyone on earth.
- 10:06am Mar 16, 2001 EST (#1068
Greens and Environmentalist movements have increasing
respectability. Perhaps they have the initiative and energetic
resource to put the MD questions 'in front of the international
public' .. i note today that their protests didn't stop a nuclear
cargo exiting Australia (medical waste) but a court action in France
stopped it landing. Third world PNG determined to take the waste ...
how can third world countries take and control this sort of waste
that requires secure guardianship ... they can't ... but probably do
so for a bunch of dollars in the hand to some decision maker.
- 10:53am Mar 16, 2001 EST (#1069
There is another very importand (if not the most importand)
aspect in conflicts prevention and resolution - the cultural
interaction and absorbtion.
The invariable filling one one gets from US mass media is almost
total absorbtion in local and internal matters. Americans on
average, know little and even more troublesome, have little
intererest in other cultures. Which is particularelly ironic and
wrong in an age of Globalisation, so widely embraced in US. It seems
for many, the notion of American absolute superiority in all aspects
of life, is very deep. In large part thanks to mass-media and
Holliwood. They may wiew the Globalisation as a one way street of
the influence - We will teach and They must learn. No wonder, such
approach creates a strong resentement in other nations who see it as
just another form of Colonialism. This must change. If Americans new
more about say Iraq history, culture and traditions, if they would
understand that there is no absolute evil and the present is the
result of the past, they probably would not burry thousends of them
alive with buldosers or "burn on the road of death" like it happend
during the Golf War. It would be much harder for US administration
to create an image of Iraqi people similar in a similar way, the
Jews were portreted by Nazis. Same applies to events in Yugoslavia
in relation to Serbs. I was amaised how easy it was to create such a
mass histeria and hatered against a small and basically,
non-aggressive nation (some of whome may indeed commited attrocities
which is in no way unique), most Americans know absolutly nothing
about. And, may be intentionally so - it is much easier to kill the
"absolute evil" like the cocroches, when you now nothing about them.
US has its military spread all over the glob. Frequently to the
great resentement of local people, this military supposely sent to
protect. If it could be shown, it is indeed for the declared reasons
and not to serve strictly the so-called "american interests", so
vagely defined they can accomodate practically anything, at least an
effort should be made to immerse those servicemen into the cuture,
language and habbits of the host nation. The special cources have to
be conducted for several month to teach those matters to those who
are sincerelly interested to serve abroad not as masters and
colonial power, but as friendly guests. That would hopefully prevent
such "accidents" as cutting the ski gondole in Italy by US jet, or
apaling behavier of some servicemen in Japan. As a bonus, it will
help to spread the mutual respect and understanding among nations
and within US, and trully serve the real American interests. Given
the need of foreign experience by the US multinationals, this may
create a pool of available employees. How can we convince them to
finance such an initiative on part of the military?
Once there is enough interest, the mass media and Holliwood may
find it profitable to turn their attention more to the rest of the
world. It will also make impossible this kind of Gebbelish
propaganda and black-white simplifications by the mass media. But
you always need this first "snowball" to start the lavine.
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