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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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- 07:37pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7923
Excerpts from Introducing the China Ruling Party by THOMAS
L. FRIEDMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/11/opinion/11FRIE.html
" That's why I believe Mr. Jiang's decision to
invite in capitalists is historic, marking the end of the Chinese
Communist Party and its rebirth as the China Ruling Party — a
military-business alliance. Whether it will now follow the same
political evolution as, say, South Korea is the question.
" Don't expect a loosening anytime soon. To the
contrary, China's joining the World Trade Organization this year
is going to force the country's peasant-farmers and workers into a
wrenching transition, as they will now be exposed more than ever
to international competition and rules. In the short run this will
intensify the already considerable unrest among the unemployed in
the countryside and prompt crackdowns from Beijing. You can
already feel it. Western reporters in China are increasingly, and
brazenly, being telephoned at their offices by Chinese citizens
who report disturbances or expose corruption, particularly in the
" Indeed, it is not exaggeration to say that
the internal politics of China today are the reverse of 1989, when
the Tiananmen massacre took place. In 1989 it was Chinese students
and intellectuals who were most in ferment, and workers and
peasants who were the bulwark of the regime. More than a decade
later, students and entrepreneurs have benefited enormously from
China's opening with the world, and from the increase here in
personal freedoms, stability and economic opportunity. But the
workers and peasants, who are slowly losing many of the health,
education and welfare benefits of the Communist system — and don't
have the resources to compensate — are increasingly agitated.
" Stay tuned. The stakes could not be bigger.
We are talking about 1.3 billion people — one-fifth of humanity.
How China's leaders manage this transition will affect everything
from the air we breathe to the economic stability of the world we
" In summary, I'd say this: To predict that
China's leaders will liberalize anytime soon would be naïve; but
to assume that they are incapable of adapting would be to
underestimate them. To be silent about their excesses as they
proceed would be irresponsible; but to wish for their failure, let
alone contribute to it, would be insane.
. . . . .
Comment: These are hopeful times, and real changes are going
on. If we're careful, and check our work, the world could get
measurably better, in a practical way.
- 08:40pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7924
Some points at the level of operationally very practical
aesthetics, in the interest of human survival and decency:
4/28/01 11:22am ... MD2887 rshowalter
5/4/01 7:27am ... MD3258-3262 rshowalter
5/4/01 5:50pm ... MD3423 rshowalter
6/5/01 12:20am ... which refers to four movies:
Story , which is a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet ;
Dr. Strangelove ; Mary Poppins ; and, in my view
perhaps the richest of all movies, Casablanca.
5/6/01 8:36pm ... MD3384 rshowalter
- 02:06am Aug 20, 2001 EST (#7925
Read the links above Showalter - i was taken by this:
"With Secretary Powell's military background, he
has a position on missile defense that is driven less by ideology
than by practical considerations, said a senior administration
official familiar with his thinking" ~ http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/19/international/americas/19DIPL.html?pagewanted=2
Powell is one smart cookie - a kelly doll who when knocked -
won't fall face down in the mud. He seems to have done some checking
and knows the limited reality of Missile_potentials!
That he doesn't fratanise@theRanch shows a more independent
EU folks would do well to talk with him.
- 05:32am Aug 20, 2001 EST (#7926
No coasting here, 101 islands of truth make up a whole dalmation:
Bwsh hit the Oz_news re his 'suffer little children' demand for
ETHICS and TRUTH
and here theatre critics [
Wall Street Journal columnist Paul Gigot and Time
columnist Margaret Carlson discuss President Bush's week ] re
the bwsh pantomine: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/shields&gigot/august01/gc_8-17.html
Bwsh cuts his farm_experience by 3 days .. to go Camping_David.
- 06:25am Aug 20, 2001 EST (#7927
- 06:28am Aug 20, 2001 EST (#7928
ARMS_sales up 8% http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/20/international/20ARMS.html
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