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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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rshowalter - 07:07pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7918 of 7932) Delete Message
Robert Showalter

"On Aug. 19, 1991, they put Gorbachev under house arrest. Tanks entered Moscow.

"Yeltsin, then president of the Russian Federation, one of the 15 Soviet republics, hoisted his burly frame atop a tank. He denounced the coup plotters. Supporters streamed in, sticking flowers in tank guns and building barricades. International condemnation mounted.

"Two days later the coup was defeated. Gorbachev was back, but irreparably weakened. On Dec. 25, 1991, he resigned and declared the USSR defunct.

"In the decade since, Soviet satellite nations in Eastern and Central Europe, and the former Soviet republics in the Baltics, have largely embraced democracy and free-market economies. And most are thriving.

"But Russia and former Soviet republics in Central Asia and the Caucasus have atrophied under economic crises, separatist wars and the collapse of ties among the former republics.

"``Ordinary people got nothing'' from the Soviet Union's demise, Yuri Yerushov, a 48-year-old unemployed man who was among the White House defenders in 1991, said Sunday.

"The coup plotters gathered last month to defend their actions, saying the ensuing economic meltdown and a string of armed conflicts in Russia and other former Soviet republics proved they were right in trying to stem the Soviet breakup.

"That theme was echoed Sunday in a rally staged by ultranationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky.

"``Democracy has been all lies, and what we see is a rotting, degrading country. We have witnessed a decade of political and moral corruption, banditry, alcoholism and AIDS,'' he told the crowd of about 100 people.

"Outside Moscow few anniversary commemorations were planned.

"Estonian President Lennart Meri was to hold a dinner commemorating his country's 10 years of independence and Riga, the capital of neighboring Latvia, is holding a gala celebration of its 800th birthday.

"In Belarus on Sunday, 12 opposition activists picketed the country's KGB -- which still goes by its Soviet name -- and Interior Ministry headquarters, to protest President Alexander Lukashenko's rigid, Soviet-style policies. Five were detained and later released.

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    My background:
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    MD6399 rshowalter 7/2/01 8:02am ... MD6400 rshowalter 7/2/01 8:02am

    When the Soviet Union fell, and everyone, on all sides, had so much hope, we didn't have an end game -- and the United States was so tied up with lies, that it could not sort out problems before it -- or help the Russians sort out their problems.

    My relationship with Bill Casey:
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    MD7385 rshowalter 7/24/01 8:13pm ...

    MD7386 rshowalter 7/24/01 8:14pm

    An attempt to orient "almarst" - - - the "Putin stand-in" on this forum -- with information Dawn and I hoped might be useful to the real Vladimir Putin.
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    rshowalter - 07:11pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7919 of 7932) Delete Message
    Robert Showalter

    MD6058 rshowalter 6/26/01 7:23am
    I'd like to post links to a Guardian thread where I've said many of the most important things I'd like people to know. Psychwarfare, Casablanca -- and terror

    including the key story, #13.. ... to #23..

    note #26 ...

    On nuclear disarmament:
    MD7394 rshowalter 7/24/01 10:04pm

    I believe that this is a time with creative opportunities, where it may be possible to sort out a few problems, long a source of horror, so that the world can be somewhat more productive, somewhat safer, and somewhat less ugly than before.

    The cold war should be over. The main barrier to ending it, now, is fictions - lies, that have gone on too long.

    There are reasons for optimism -- some covered recently in the TIMES.

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