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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?
(1954 previous messages)
- 08:33pm Apr 3, 2001 EST (#1955
Putin Promises New Reforms in Doing Business in Russia by
PATRICK E. TYLER ... shows excellent initiatives, so far as I
can tell. It sets out to do essential things. Things consistent with
increasing the reliability of business dealings with Russia
-- cutting the risk discount -- the most essential thing.
Let me only add that Russians, as people, have SO MUCH to offer -
so much more than they're getting to use now - that the
possibilities for growth and renewed prosperity are very great.
On issues of complex cooperation, you need to improve skills.
Leadership in finding peace for the world, and in getting rid of
nuclear weapons, is very strongly in the economic interest of
Russia. It would build good will -- something that Russia needs.
Russia has an essential advantage in the world -- it is not
America -- it is deeply "unAmerican."
There ought to be many places where that can be a strength, if
your nation can learn to INTERFACE with America and the west, and
yet maintain your national integrity.
There are many billions of people who need to do just that.
Russia, under Putin, may be able to lead the way -- and do a service
to itself, to the world -- and the western Europe and the US, as
You have plenty of work at home in order to do this, and it looks
like you know that very well.
- 11:33pm Apr 3, 2001 EST (#1956
Pacific Forum: Running Out of Time - http://www.csis.org/pacfor/pac0112.htm
- 11:35pm Apr 3, 2001 EST (#1957
The Rogue State Doctrine and National Missile Defense - http://www.cato.org/pubs/fpbriefs/fpb-065es.html
- 11:40pm Apr 3, 2001 EST (#1958
A NEW COLD WAR IN THE MAKING?
by Srdja Trifkovic After a lean decade Cold War junkies are
getting their fix again. During his Senate confirmation hearing
(January 17) Colin Powell declared that Russia's objections should
not be an obstacle to further NATO enlargement or to the development
of National Missile Defense. On February 10 National Security
Advisor Condoleezza Rice told Le Figaro that she "sincerely
believed" Russia was a threat to the West. Last Wednesday (February
14) Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld attacked Russia on PBS as "an
active proliferator" of missile technology, saying that Moscow had
no right to challenge U.S. plans for a missile defense system
because of its arms sales to "countries like Iran and North Korea
and India" which threatened not only their regional neighbors but
also "the United States and Western Europe and countries in the
- 11:41pm Apr 3, 2001 EST (#1959
IN EUROPE, AT LEAST, NMD DEBATE CONTINUES
by Srdja Trifkovic National Missile Defense remains a highly
contentious issue in Washington’s relations with both Moscow and
Western Europe, even though the magnitude of transatlantic
disagreement is not reflected in the U.S. media coverage of the
story. The new administration appears determined to go ahead with
the first stage of NMD deployment, and the remaining areas of
disagreement seem to be technical: should this be a land-based
system, a sea-borne system, or perhaps a hybrid that may have a
satellite-based component--a true "Son of Star Wars"?
- 11:49pm Apr 3, 2001 EST (#1960
Dialogue needed to avoid a new Cold War - http://straitstimes.asia1.com.sg/analysis/story/0,1870,34412,00.html?
- 12:03am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1961
Dark Side of Rev. Moon - http://www.consortiumnews.com/archive/moon.html
The Bush-Kim-Moon Triangle of Money - http://www.consortiumnews.com/031001a.html
At odds over North Korea, George W. Bush and South Korean
President Kim Dae Jung have one thing in common: behind the scenes,
both have benefited from Rev. Sun Myung Moon's largesse. By Robert
Parry. March 10, 2001
- 04:02am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1962
By Chalmers Johnson
- 04:25am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1963
Most important, there is a seemingly unbridgeable gap between Mr
Putin's reformist words on the economy and his political deeds,
which drag Russia back into the Brezhnevite past. Russia's behaviour
in Chechnya has been nothing short of horrific. This week, Human
Rights Watch described as "a charade" the Russian investigation of a
mass grave of 50 bodies found near a military base. Human Rights
Watch rightly noted, too, "the international community's utter
failure to hold Russia to its international obligations during this
conflict". Mr Putin fatuously claimed yesterday that the Chechnya
war was almost won (where have we heard that before?), even while
the number of dead increases daily. http://argument.independent.co.uk/leading_articles/story.jsp?story=64695
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