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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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- 11:32pm Aug 20, 2001 EST (#7945
I hope Russians, Americans, and others enjoy the beautiful and
wonderful links from Dawn Riley's MD7544 lunarchick
- 11:34pm Aug 20, 2001 EST (#7946
There's a problem with long and complex -- and another problem
Sometimes the truth is "somehow, too weak" ... MD4528 rshowalter
... but it can gain strength, with effort, and
that is becoming much more true, because the internet can so much
strengthen the power of one. http://www.christusrex.org/www1/sdc/tank-1.jpg
Ideas, when they are checked for consistency and hold up, again
and again, have a power of their own. And people are persuaded, and
come to act to together.
People backed only by military power and lies can find
themselves, after a time "somehow, too weak" themselves.
- 06:33am Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7947
... the guillotine was only abolished in France by
Mitterrand's undemocratic, personal decree, against the popular
wishes of the vast majority of the French population, which was
still in favor of capital punishment (Flying into turbulance/Peter
This is why people need leadership. It takes them out of the
'past' into the present and new futures. People generally might
advocate the death penalty .. yet cases are more complex. The high
percentage of poor who end up in USA prisons could be a reflection
on the fact that the poor have the hardest struggle and least
support. Children of working mothers (night shift) are left to their
own devices. People live in ghetto neighbourhoods. The kids have
educational deficits. Some have behavioural problems. It takes a
whole village to raise a child.
On Putin - problems re regional governors. Martin didn't expand
here re the layers of government .. and the lower layers failing to
With respect to the death penalty, Russia is inline with the EU.
America is behind and out of step with the modern world.
- 07:20am Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7948
Change. How to change an organisation? Small question, big
problem. Does it start with funding allocations. Does it start with
political redefinement of Vision. Where does it start?
Change is a factor integral to business strategic decision
Here change may be influenced by competitors, market demand,
In a service industry - military complex - the managers through
the lines will be familiar with 'change' and implementing small
The big shakeout has to come from top down relating to new
definitions of function.
The role of the modern forces in the modern world isn't so much
about annhialation, rather - negotiated peace. How can the 'service'
industry be used to assist world peace processes ?
- 07:21am Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7949
Bush is NOT my president.
Bush's "missile defense" program is another ruse by the repugs to
enrich fat cat defense contractors, on a system of which we have no
need, and an agenda that will further destabilize the world
Bush is a unilateralist, and a nitwit, a dangerous combination.
- 07:23am Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7950
Then military purpose and usage does need review!
- 09:05am Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7951
For such reviews, correct information is crucial.
And our current frameworks are not conducive to correct
information, when somebody in power objects. When deceptions go on
enough, and NOTHING can be checked -- an enormous amount of hope is
denied, and enormous risks come in.
That's a point I've been making, with Dawn, again and again on
this thread. A point much related to points made in a NYT editorial
Reviving a Misconceived Secrecy Bill
Journalists do take care:
And TRUTH is important -- sloppiness is dangerous -- a point I
tried to make clearly, referring to a "culture of deception", in
After decades of deception, at a time when the Cold War should
have been over long since, determination of FACTS - on which people
can base action -- is the only reasonable hope.
If many more people felt morally forced to determine the truth,
on matters on which consequential action depends, we'd all be much
Things need to be CHECKED, when the consequences of the
information count enough so that the checking is justified.
When it counts enough, neither people nor sources should be
trusted unconditionally -- we live along continuums of trust and
But things CAN be checked to closure. On matters of huge import,
such as missile defense, and related military balances, they need to
- 02:47pm Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7952
"Chinese Politics" 8/20/01 12:21pm Powell-China
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