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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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- 03:56pm Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1626
The US has every REAL interest in a healthy and augmented Russia
! There's some persuasion to do, and there may be some people, with
power, who have deeply corrupting personal conflicts. But the FACTS
of the matter are clear -- a Russia and United States who could talk
to each other, with our main differences resolved in honest ways,
would be mutually beneficial, and helpful to the whole world.
Some questions of fact, some involving journalistic staff work,
and some structure to establish, may be necessary to get this view
so that it is strong enough to prevail.
But the logic of the situation favors the peaceful and mutually
beneficial solution. And Europe isn't wishing to be "dominated"
by the US either. In fact, the US, under Bush's leadership, is
losing power and legitimacy at a breathtaking rate.
- 03:58pm Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1627
For example -- and I'll get back to your excellent http://forums.nytimes.com/webin/WebXemail@example.comZTkEJ^4830669@.f0ce57b
Leader to Brief Bush on New Realities of Europe
..........................by ROGER COHEN ".....On
Thursday the President ...... meets a buoyant German Chancellor
carrying firm, sometimes confrontational, messages from Europe. . .
. . . .
"Viewing that future, Germany places a priority on the
environment, on controlling global warming, on the development of
the European Union as a strategic power with its own military
component, on conciliation with Russia, and on ascertaining whether
"rogue" threats are also real threats before building missile
defense shields against them.
All these positions will strain Mr. Schröder's first meeting with
President Bush. ........ . . . . .
"The Chancellor will emphasize the fact that the end of the
division in Europe requires a deep strategic rethinking, officials
said. NATO must remain as the core of what the Germans now call "a
zone of tranquillity" — one that should be extended where possible —
but its response to the world around it requires review. . . . . .
For example, Germany draws a clear distinction between North
Korea, which it believes may not exist in a decade just as East
Germany has disappeared from the map, and Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
Germany pushed hard for the European decision last weekend to
send a diplomatic mission to the Korean Peninsula to support Kim Dae
Jung's so-called sunshine policy toward North Korea at a time when
Mr. Bush has indicated a preference for a harder, or at least more
"The message from the administration has been: we cannot afford
lazy thinking in a changed world," Mr. Steiner said. "But you must
be consistent. To replace an old enemy by a handful of rogue states
would be a form of laziness. Let's not adopt a blanket attitude
toward places like North Korea and Iraq that pose very different
- 04:05pm Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1628
we can make them more transparent.
- 04:14pm Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1629
Not that it is necessarily easy.
I had a meeting, with a very fine negotiator yesterday, who was
part of a socio-technical organization that had contacts that might
have been of use -- and perhaps, at a future time, may be. A man
above him in his organization called, and courteously, but
definitely, said that, for the mission of his organization, he could
not make a contact that I requested. It was too far from mission.
That may have been exactly the decision he should have made, from
his position - with his responsibilities. I suspect it was. I have
no way of knowing. I was asking for a gift - a "status exchange" and
got "no" -- this time.
For what may have been absolutely right reasons.
It was also a reluctant "no" - and a very polite one. There's a
certain openness to the system.
And there are many possible connections.
- 04:16pm Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1630
The increasingly independent Europe is a major concern for some
influential interests in US. You could feel it if watched the Powell
One of the ways to preserve the US-Europe "special relations" is
to make the Russia the thread again. By provoking some harsh
responce for example. Or creating some dought in Russia's
credibility and desire for peace(remember the "news" about Russian
nuclear arms in Kaliningrad?). For some "unclear" reason, those
"news", even if true, waited to become public for many month to
appear just in time for a MD discussion.
- 04:19pm Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1631
I don't believe that the Europeans are buying the idea of a
"Russian threat" -- and they are doing so less and less, because
they can talk to Putin.
To maintain a fiction can be easy -- if there's no way to check.
But ways to check are increasing rapidly, and for that reason,
the truth has much more of a chance than it did.
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