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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?
(1976 previous messages)
- 06:57pm Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1977
In a world where all the "mechanical" barriers to communication
are becoming trivial, some cultural accomodations are going to have
to be made - for prosperity and for peace. They wouldn't require
Russians to be any "less Russian" or moslems to be any "less moslem"
-- but they need to be made. The changes needed don't look difficult
Transparency, the ability to communicate correct information to
each other, and to people of other cultures with whom they want to
trade, is essential.
Russia made astonishing technical and material progress,
overall, under communist regimes -- but did so, in large measure, on
the basis of deeply coercive techniques. She doesn't, as a culture,
know how to do business effectively as a more free nation. It seems
to me that the Putin team is conscious of this, and working hard
teaching Russia what it needs to know, insofar as the Putin team
itself knows what is to be done. It is to the advantage of the whole
world to help with this learning process - for economic reasons and
to make peace possible.
The United States developed a set of militarily agressive
policies, designed so that, over the long term, the Soviet system in
Russian, with its particular limitations and anxieties, would
collapse. Unfortunately, that policy, over time, degenerated into a
set of reflexes, rationalizations, and corruptions -- and when the
time came to turn the program off, as the people who crafted it
under Truman and Eisenhower would have known to do, it was not
The damage has been immense, and the risks the world faces now
because of this American failure are grave.
If Russia can play her part in fixing this situation, she will
have done herself and the whole world a great favor, and will, in
the process, learn much of what she needs, and gain the status she
needs, to gain her proper place as an important, glorious, free,
- 06:58pm Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1978
Russia needs to LEAD public opinion here, and establish facts.
Doing so, she can lead and strengthen her relation with China, which
has been hostile too long. She needs to show the entire third world
how they can, separately and together, avoid avoidable disadvantages
in trade and negotiation with the US and other nations.
Russia, doing so, could save the world. She's now blessed with a
situation where she has a leader both more responsible, and more
honest, than the leader of America. The nations that have been
following the US's lead on matters of military and cultural policy
will hesitate to do so with Bush leading America incompently,
dishonestly, and recklessly. This is a great chance for Russia to
serve herself, and the whole world, honorably, and as a free nation
setting a good example to others.
She'll be prouder, richer, and more respected for doing so.
- 07:20pm Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1979
I hear that Ted Turner will be in Moscow soon to talk with the
'gas-board' about MTV.
Interestingly, a leader who knows how to court the public and the
media can steer the ship - we have such a guy leading my State - and
this is how the Russian leader ought to be thinking.
The advantage of a 'free' media is that it can 'know the rules',
transmit the 'how to' rules to the people ... who in return can
respond looking for a proper and decent way of existing and wanting
standards. That media is then in a position to invite the leader
into the studio to discuss with the people their findings and
shortcomings of the system (thinking here of mobsters in office who
inflict endemic corruption), and the wrong doers can be ousted with
both the blessings of the people and the leader guy has a mandate
from the people to investigate and to fix.
The media can also push home achievements and report back as a
country moves towards targets and goals.
A free press is a tool for both citizens and leadership.
Additionally it can offer models from elsewhere regarding the ways
and manner and approaches to finding solutions to public needs.
Solutions can either grow from the current system, or, people can
comparatively look around the world, review models and from them
develop a hybrid that they are happy to implement. All models will
need to be refreshed as circumstances and relative wealth of a
I note that Bill CLINTON is in India working for the peoples who
suffered extensively in the recent massive earthquake ... and had a
popular hero's reception. Bill, as a Statesman, might well be
invited to countries with development needs and be able to offer
them the advantage of his 'think-tank' experiences of Presidency.
Actually if he spent 7 out of 8 days out of America he'd be doing
the world a favor .. for whereas the American home crowd find every
occasion to belittle him - he does have considerable world standing
- which he earned.
- 07:37pm Apr 4, 2001 EST (#1980
Re usages of a free press: this lady knows.
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