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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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- 08:23pm Apr 2, 2001 EST (#1926
The 'funding' for a war crimes court should and is separate from
the process and findings of that court. To provide funds is an
enabler of the legal process. Within the process are the 'rules' and
checking that determine if a person is a war criminal.
On rape and war. It seems that 4/5ths (80%) of women who seek
refuge status from war zones, have been sexually abused and raped.
The crime of 'rape' in relation to war .. so important to women ..
is only JUST included in war crime terms of reference for the
War is tramatic. Historically wars will have shaped the 'culture'
of nations. This can be seen with regards to the GreatWar and Second
World War. Former wars over Eurasia would have been spasmodic and
brutal attacks on settlements. Take the following as a for example:
""The secret of Genghis Khan's success lay in skilful cavalry
tactics, acquired from long practice in the saddle on the wide open
Mongolian plains. Frequently his armies would rout forces ten or
twenty times their size. Each of his warriors would have three or
four horses and nothing more. Food was taken from the surrounding
country, the troops slept in the open, meat was cooked by being
placed under the saddle; and when the going got tough they would
slit a vein in the horse's neck and drink the blood while still on
the move. There was no supply problem, no camp followers, no excess
So while Genghis Khan (1162-1227) was a hero in Mongolia, he was
a war criminal to Russia and Europe, and China.
The butchery of people by him would have created a 'gene' in
their ongoing culture that would make them forever wary of bullying,
Let's put Genghis Khan before a mock-modern-war-court and
determine how he fares.
In historical terms he was a pillager, who did not sustain and
culture the zones he 'harvested' .. as such, and as a leader he was
Mongolia today is itself still in recovery from the antics of the
Great Khan - pity they don't hold the franchise ($) to the world
wide chains of Genghis Khan eating houses!
- 09:24pm Apr 2, 2001 EST (#1927
I believe that, if more Western Europeans (and perhaps more
Russians, too) knew the history, and the anguish, and the drama of
the history of Russia, under the brutality of the Khans, and how
Russia has been resolutely facing implacable enemies, all though her
history, -- they would know more about how differently Russians feel
about many things -- so that they are sensitive and merciful in ways
we are not, hard and tough in ways we are not, and brave in ways
different from the ways we are brave. It is a glorious and tragic
history. -- And the most recent horde, and perhaps the ugliest, was
And perhaps an even uglier threat, yet more recently, has come
from, and been led by, Americans. -- And that was a threat
consciously honed and coached by defeated Nazi Germans, saving their
own skin, and acting on their hate of the Russians.
The 20th century was a nightmare century - and now that we are
out of it, we should study hard, to try to get back some of the
human virtues that died in the trenches of World War I, values that
were erased in World War II, with an ethic of "total destruction" as
ugly as any Ghengis Kahn professed taking their place -- and
"flowering" in the "anything goes" aesthetic and sense of "morality"
one can find in many places in this country, notably Los Alamos.
Is there a figure in history, viewed from a fair distance, uglier
and more terrible than America's Curtis LeMay? I'm not sure there
is. None scare me more, anyway.
We need to get past this horror -- for the sake of decency, and
to keep the world from ending, as it could easiy do now . And
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