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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?
(1967 previous messages)
- 10:22am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1968
Great guide to internet sources from a great organization: http://www.thebulletin.org/issues/nukenotes/jf01nukenote.html
- 10:55am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1969
Auditing Classes at M.I.T., on the Web and Free by
CAREY GOLDBERG http://www.nytimes.com/2001/04/04/technology/04MIT.html
" Other universities may be striving to market
their courses to the Internet masses in hopes of dot-com wealth.
But the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has chosen the
opposite path: to post virtually all its course materials on the
Web, free to everybody."
An enormous advance for, and endorsement of, openness. Secrecy
doesn't work well. And, because of the importance of human
contacts openness is much less threatening to institutions than
MIT is making itself more of an asset to the whole world.
- 11:04am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1970
"The Chinese Way" was very interesting.
Here is a recepie for a disaster:
What to Do About China - Don't “contain” Chinese Communism;
By Frank J. Gaffney Jr., former Assistant Secretary of Defense
for International Security Policy under President Reagan. - http://www.nationalreview.com/contributors/gaffney040301.shtml
- 11:08am Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1971
let me print out parts of that very interesting article
Jan/Feb. 1997 Vol. 53, No. 1 The Chinese Way by
Chalmers Johnson Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists http://www.thebulletin.org/issues/1997/jf97/jf97johnson.html
" The East Asian arms race has two primary
causes. The first is Chinese irredentism. The second is America's
lack of a serious long-term vision regarding relations with China
and Japan-the only two nations today that could threaten U.S.
" The Clinton administration's failure to
understand China's emergence as a superpower, or to staff the
National Security Council with high-level Asia specialists, has
left a vacuum that the military-industrial complex and others with
a vested interest in a new Cold War have quickly filled. With the
Pentagon now the principal architect of American foreign policy in
East Asia, the results thus far include renewed American
intervention in the ongoing civil war over Taiwan, the first
military crisis in the Taiwan Straits in 30 years, and an
American-Japanese drift toward a policy of "containment" of
. . . . .
" But China has a legal claim to Taiwan that is
older than the U.S. existence as a nation-one that is considerably
stronger than Japan's claim to Okinawa or the U.S. claim to
Hawaii. Both Okinawa and Hawaii were independent kingdoms when
they were annexed by their current sovereigns, something that was
never true of Taiwan.
" Whether the Chinese mainland and Taiwan are
reunited, or go their separate ways, or find some middle ground,
it will have been the result of their own actions-not of actions
by the United States. Ezra Vogel of Harvard, recently on loan to
the CIA, is almost certainly wrong to believe that we have a
"constructive, creative ambiguity" in our relations with both
sides that keeps them off balance. I believe that Evan Feigenbaum
of RAND has it right: "The primary danger to the present status
quo is . . . that either Beijing or Taipei will miscalculate or
misread the other's moves. . . . Mixed statements of U.S. policy
contribute to the possibility of miscalculation."
" The United States mistakenly believes that
its role is crucial to any change in the situation. But
postMao China actually has a good record in dealing with
Taiwan. China's military maneuvers during 1995 and 1996 were
rather desperate warnings to Taiwanese leaders not to try to
reenlist the United States in the Chinese civil war. They came
about not because the use of force is the logical conclusion of
Chinese policy, but because Taiwan seemed to be succeeding in
gaining American and Japanese support for intervention.
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