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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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- 01:40am Mar 4, 2002 EST (#194
Creative abroad in destructive ways ...
taking many, many,
Using up the larder of weapons
If military-footprint-expenditure represents say 6% of the very
large US economy ... and the products made from it are products for
terror ... then why isn't the average 'American' concerned .. why is
there neither empathy nor understanding for matters outside the USA
Were the $600,000 per minute expended for 'good' - using the same
workshops and engineers - then How might it be used.
What are the NEEDS of this world?
Why is important to 'bring-up' that's 'lift' the levels of
existance in so much of the suffering world.
Take a look at the aid schemes that support a child - benefit to
the child, to the family of the child, to the village of the child,
to the nation of that child as it grows up to take on a role within
it's own community.
Now contrast this with building and supporting a 'dangerous
antique missile' system in a militarised sky.
Why invest in a system of 'terror' ... why traumatise the world
... who benefits? Carlyle Group - headed by X-Presidents, and
X-PrimeMinisters ... takes commissions that benefit the 'greed' of
Conflict of Interest!
Seems strange that the democratic press, and Mr Ken STARR, don't
gnaw away at the conflict of interest issue.
- 01:50am Mar 4, 2002 EST (#195
Third World NEEDS :
The Third World need capital investment to give people basic
services and basic education.
- 06:17am Mar 4, 2002 EST (#196
"The Third World need capital investment to give people basic
services and basic education."
How many even among Americans who would believe any of its
political establishment give it a dime?
- 08:13am Mar 4, 2002 EST (#197
3/4/02 6:17am ... don't be too cynical. You're also being
unrealistic -- and I don't have to forget any bad thing to say so.
The United States is a complex nation -- and a lot of people,
both in the "political establishment" and outside it, care a lot and
do a lot, for good.
If it were otherwise, there would be much less room to maneuver,
and much less room for hope.
And some other nations, not least Russia, Georgia, and China,
could use some considerable improvement.
- 09:46am Mar 4, 2002 EST (#198
I think questions almarst raised, quoted in MD183 to
3/3/02 9:43pm are worth a lot of attention. I'm thinking
about them - and reading the news today.
Its a lucky thing facts and ideas matter as much as they do in
human affairs. Brute force matters often, but it is a long way from
being "the whole story."
3/3/02 8:03pm ... MD182 rshow55
3/3/02 6:48pm ... MD171rshow55
- 12:59pm Mar 4, 2002 EST (#199
Facts, truth and superheros are important to the American psyche
to get the US to see 'antique dangerous missiles' as the 'bad guys'
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