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    Missile Defense

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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lunarchick - 06:57am Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1424 of 1426)

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rshowalter - 07:40am Mar 24, 2001 EST (#1426 of 1426) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

I've suggested test cases, for making certain key issues clear. In one case, the situation would involve "centers" at Stanford U, DC, and some distributed universities; in another case, the situation would involve "centers" at the University of Wisconsin, DC, and some distributed universities. Because of technical issues involved, and because issues of "paradigm conflict" are embedded in nuclear weapons matters, I think these are well formed test cases, that have the virtue that they occur in institutions with staff resources that might be flexibly arrayed for jobs of clarification.

Even so, perhaps these examples are too academic. The examples I chose may be subject to a more serious objection too -- they may be too ugly. Another, possibility, if properly staffed, centers in New York, and seems, in my view, to be superbly titled as A PERFECT TEST CASE.

This article, by Tanya Luhrmann, has this starter line:

Shirley Wilder sued New York over its foster care system; the case was settled in her favor, but by then she was dead.

The article is a review of a book by a NYT reporter:

- THE LOST CHILDREN OF WILDER: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care. by Nina Bernstein. 482 pp. New York: Pantheon Books. $27.50.


The review starts:

" One of President Bush's first official acts was to propose that religiously sponsored organizations should get public money to provide social services. In ways this is an admirable proposal. Religious organizations can count on motivated participants, and those in need of help often trust religious charities more than the agencies of the local government. But there is always the danger that the religious organizations will favor their own, or impose their own moral views on their clients. ''The Lost Children of Wilder'' is a brilliantly researched account of an attempt to make the New York City foster care system fair for all its children. Obviously Nina Bernstein's book was written before George W. Bush took office; but it provides a vivid argument against his plans."

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