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Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's
war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars"
defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make
the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an
application of science be successful? Is a militarized space
inevitable, necessary or impossible?
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- 07:31am Mar 2, 2002 EST (#68
(the Brintannica site included much more, including this:)
"In 1975, the government of Indonesia invaded and annexed East
Timor, an independent and sovereign nation-state, and killed
approximately 200,000 of its inhabitants—roughly one-third of its
population (the largest proportional genocide since the Holocaust).
Kissinger and President Ford gave approval for the invasion to
Indonesia's dictator, General Suharto, who received economic and
military aid from the United States. This approval, argues Hitchens,
makes Kissinger complicit in crimes against humanity.
" Encyclopædia Britannica on East Timor
" Encyclopædia Britannica on Indonesia
East Timor (from Time.com ) http://www.time.com/time/daily/newsfiles/timor/
.> . Dossier: A relatively painless primer on the history
of the conflict in East Timor (from Mother Jones ) http://www.motherjones.com/east_timor/dossier/
East Timor: Questions & Answers (from Z
. We helped them descend into hell (from the New
. East Timor: Long Road Ahead (from the
On 09:57am Jul 30, 2001 lunarchick commented
"The worry re the Indonesian Army is that they set
up milita who in turn bully, beat, and kill the local population.
This is happening now on the Islands with mineral resources. In
West Papua the technique is to move Indonesians onto the Island -
who inturn outnumber the original inhabitants - whose land was
stolen. The wealth is being drained to the East Javanese. Suharto
(and family) still have vast holdings - with money - to pay
private armies to do their dirty work. I doubt if Megawatti will
be a human rights champion .... more likely to put the Army in
charge of the country and let it do what it wants.
"The Indonesian Army has people who were trained
in Oz - perhaps they should include info re moral education and
ethics - and hope it flows north.
I wonder what Paul Wolfowitz might say about this?
- 07:34am Mar 2, 2002 EST (#69
These issues are tightly connected to the context of missile
defense, and gisterme and mazza are making it clear
how much this sort of context matters.
Nuclear terror is an American invention and development. We've
used threat and terror, very effectively, for a long time. If we
took action, and acknowledged what we did, then effective nuclear
disarmament would be possible -- and much other progress toward
increased peace and decency would be possible. We could, at the
least, get to the point where nuclear risks were no larger than many
of the natural disaster risks we cope with.
We need to know what has been done.
THREATS TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS: The Sixteen Known Nuclear
Crises of the Cold War, 1946-1985 by David R. Morgan , National
President, Veterans Against Nuclear Arms Vancouver, Canada March 6,
The potential for subversion of the constitution and democracy of
the United States , and for fraud, is very great, given the
mechanism set up in Eisenhower's time, that has gone with little
supervision, and with many ways to enrich people for private gain,
for more than 40 years.
It seems to me that there are reasons to suspect the Bush
administration of betraying the interests of the United States in
very important, terrible ways.
As a technical matter, "missile defense" is either a
fraud, or evidence of technical incompetence.
- 07:38am Mar 2, 2002 EST (#70
- 07:43am Mar 2, 2002 EST (#71
"Although I have no memory of the occasion, I deeply regret
comments I apparently made in an Oval Office conversation with
President Nixon some 30 years ago," Mr Graham said in a statement
released by his Texas public relations firm.
- 07:51am Mar 2, 2002 EST (#72
For most jobs people have to train and qualify. Seems that people
who intend to run for public office should undertake courses - that
give a framework of ethical logic.
- 07:55am Mar 2, 2002 EST (#73
Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle said he had not been told
about the role, location or even the existence of the shadow
- 07:56am Mar 2, 2002 EST (#74
The world is changing - - and making progress -- and I think that
the MD thread, as a whole, has broken some new ground - showing new,
more effective ways to present material complex enough that it
requires the attention of staffed organizations.
But problems with exposition remain - - we have to find
ways to present issues of logic more clearly. Some of the best
examples I've seen are on the "Science Times" pages -- where smart
writers are struggling with exposition issues, and making headway.
Lies are becoming less stable than they used to be -- but there's
more to do. It is a hopeful time.
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