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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?
(1963 previous messages)
- 04:50am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1964
results (1-5) More... 1. Norilsk wins platinum export approval Apr
4, 2001 2. Putin to tackle reforms and capital flight Apr 4, 2001 3.
Comment Apr 4, 2001 4. Editorial comment: Mr Putin's priorities Apr
4, 2001 5. Editorial comment: Putin's divisions Apr 2, 2001
The economist next edition via http://www.economist.com/displayStory.cfm?Story_ID=541821
- 05:19am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1965
MTV Moscow to be run by the 'Gas Company' and the Moscow-ites are
rioting as their last link to press freedom is 'closed'!
One would have thought that to have freedom of the press would
add to the statue of both a leader and the reputation of Russia.
On the economic front if Russia has a small block of shares,
then, it has to look at the basics that it CAN do to bring
foreign-er$-currency in. This would include basic tourism with the
youth market, and youth looks to a free MTV. On the manufacturing
side, there have to be basic products that Russia can produce and
export. It might look to it's culture, find that that it likes, and
package and promote it.
Australia has had to consider many of the problems facing Russia
and look to VALUE ADDING with regards to primary produce, leading to
some higher value exports. http://www.abc.net.au/landline/archives.htm
- 09:26am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1966
almarst-2001 makes good postings, and he's right that it
is time to talk, so things can get better rather than worse.
There has been, of course, a huge amount of talking about nuclear
disarmament for years, but the results have not born fruit for
reasons - and now it may be possible to get matters clarified, and
widely understood, where it has not been possible before.
I'd like to contribute to that. For reasons related to my
background 1942 rshowalter
4/3/01 11:52am I'm without key credentials, and have been
subject, over long duration, to attributions of insanity. Now, these
problems are becoming much less, and opportunities are opening up
for me. There may be ways, with some help in making contacts, and
some "vouching" for me to become effective.
If I were able to meet with some people at the UN, not
officially, but on an informal basis, some things might be done. How
proud that would make me.
- 09:27am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1967
Perhaps it will be possible to work, in ways that are already
largely set up, to get a consensus for sensible military balances.
Perhaps I need not be involved. Much of the world seems ready to
listen - the Bush administration is largely isolated, and the
isolation seems to be deepening. Trifkovic makes sense when he
writes as follows:
Tuesday, February 13, 2001 IN EUROPE, AT LEAST, NMD DEBATE
CONTINUES by Srdja Trifkovic http://www.rockfordinstitute.org/News/Trifkovic/NewsST021301.htm
" The message from Europe is that the narrative
coming from Washington is simply not good enough. A reasonable
question that has to be addressed by the Bush team is this: If
deterrence worked against a heavily armed Soviet Union, why is it
deemed inoperable against a roguish Third World regime with just a
handful of rockets? And even if the United States is forced to
confront, one day, a demented, logic-defying "rogue" regime
prepared to risk utter self-annihilation by threatening a nuclear,
chemical or biological strike against American targets, will that
regime rely on ballistic missiles as its delivery system of
" There is good reason for everyone to be
cautious. The Economist, ever solidly Atlanticist in its editorial
line, warned after the Munich conference that ambitious
plans--especially ones that count on putting weapons in
space--could provoke an arms race that would leave everyone worse
off. We agree, and while we remain deeply skeptical of NMD on a
variety of grounds, we support reason, calm, and caution in
discussing this issue. The Bush Administration should stop
pretending that the NMD debate is over when in reality it has not
I've raised some questions about the moral standing, and
fundamental motivation of the Bush administration MD policy -- and
its general military agressiveness. rshowalter
On some interesting matters, including another hostage crisis:
Clouds Over George Bush by Robert Parry http://www.consortiumnews.com/c122898a.html
seems well worth reading.
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