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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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lunarchick - 03:31am Jul 19, 2001 EST (#7188 of 7208)

Sandakan Memorial

Placing the flowers gently on the memorial with her right hand,
She simultaneously kissed a left hand finger
Transporting her kiss
She pressed tenderly on
the bronzed plaque name of
her beloved, never forgotten father,
Harry Dukes
One name of many
Many men,
Each of a family,
Each with a story
Each lost to a beloved
Post downfall of Singapore
Each standing ground
To save their homeland
To keep it free
Each uttering

‘The Good we do today is the happiness of tomorrow’

And with God on their side

‘Fight for the Right’

Their lesson

‘Be mindful of the inhumanity of war
less all tragedy and suffering
has been in vain’

Today the local medalled families of the
Eighteen Hundred
Sat in Newfarm park around the
Sandakan Memorial
Pleased to have raised funds that
Refurbished and re-sighted it

The flags of Australia, Britain and Queensland
Fluttered gently in this open-air tree framed
Of dappled shadows
A soldier raised his bugle playing
‘The Last Post’
And carefully counting time
he held the silence
For a minute of Remembrance
A gesture to our dead.

dawnRILEY 2001
Every life has value yet there's a failure to fix a price. The Eighteen Hundred of Sandakan are remembered.
The Eighteen Hundred Murdered by the State in China, these last three months, also have a value, have beloveds, have a price ...... and pride of place.
Thee Sandakan Memorial - Malaysia
Former POW prisoner of war remembers ... A Minister enhances a nation's memories.

lunarchick - 04:16am Jul 19, 2001 EST (#7189 of 7208)

Alex: Thediggers were for Peace. War is a symptom of poor planning, imperfect negotiation, and failure leading to chaos.
Are you saying that America - that country of the most-highly educated - is in need of a lesson re: negotiating peace ?

lunarchick - 04:49am Jul 19, 2001 EST (#7190 of 7208)

    American foreign policy is leading to .... ' imminent uncontrolled sale of Russian nuclear technology to the third world. I think many American citizens will regret about this decision.' ... see Alec m post(above)
It's a pity that arms have a high value - when in reality they are worthless. If Bwsh had a brain and a conscience he might consider deflecting the flow of cash from the worthless Shield program, rather, developing plans for the economic enhancement of countries such as Russia.
Alliances and joint-development programs that enmeshed the USA with partners would assist in stabalising the world.
On Maslow's pyramid of needs, the basic material needs, of a country such as Russia, dominate. An opportuntiy exists for trade, commerce and cooperation.

lunarchick - 05:36am Jul 19, 2001 EST (#7191 of 7208)

G8 Attendees include: Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, USA .... + Russia

lunarchick - 06:32am Jul 19, 2001 EST (#7192 of 7208)

The Arms Trade Resource Center was founded in 1993 to promote greater public debate regarding the need to impose controls on the international arms trade.

    The Center is supported by grants from the Compton Foundation, the S.H. Cowell Foundation, the HKH Foundation, the Ruth Mott Fund, the Ploughshares Fund, Rockefeller Family Associates, and the Spanel Foundation.
This report is an updated and expanded version of the Institute's February 1994 report, Conflicting Values, Diminishing Returns: The Hidden Costs of the Arms Trade. It was written by Institute Senior Fellow William D. Hartung, with extensive research support by Institute Research Associate Jennifer Washburn. Foundations.

2001 updates

An exchange of ideas between pro- and anti- NMD analysts
Global Beat Issue Brief No. 59, June 2, 2000

Tautfest: Thank you. My question is to Mr. Gaffney. I wondered whether you could address the issue that the national missile defense system will ultimately not work, the technology is not in place, nor will it ever be? And even if it were in place it could easily be undercut by short range missiles or by terrorist attacks?

Mr. Gaffney: Sure. I think it is absolutely certifiable that we can build a missile defense that will destroy not only incoming reentry vehicles but decoys and all manner of other chaff and things intended to ensure that the warheads penetrate. ... ... ...

Halloran: Jim Wolf.

Wolf: Aloha Dick. Frank Gaffney, I would like to follow-up on Mr. Hartung's charge that your Center for Security Policy receives roughly 25% of its annual revenue from corporate sponsors, virtually all of them arms manufacturers. Is that accurate?

Mr. Gaffney: No.

Wolf: What is the right percentage?

Mr. Gaffney: Last year it was about 9% from companies that are involved in aerospace or defense. It has varied from year-to-year, and it has sometimes been as high as I think 10% to 15%. We do receive larger percentages from corporate sponsors, but not all of them are in the defense and aerospace business. .......

lunarchick - 06:49am Jul 19, 2001 EST (#7193 of 7208)

Bats do it!

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