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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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- 08:54pm Mar 6, 2002 EST (#245
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Bush administration has begun a review
of Cuba policy that will include an assessment of whether Cuba can
disrupt U.S. military communications through the Internet, a senior
official says. - http://webcenter.newssearch.netscape.com/aolns_display.adp?key=200203061526000151391_aolns.src
That issue will be examined along with others to determine
Cuba's potential to damage U.S. interests, the official said.
The senior official, asking not to be identified, said Cuba's
involvement in international terrorism also will be part of the
- 10:15pm Mar 6, 2002 EST (#246
Thanks for posting . Hope they aren't just looking for enemies,
looking for fights - - I've got to go now.
- 08:20am Mar 7, 2002 EST (#247
" they aren't just looking for enemies"
I sense that under the umbrella of "war against terrorists" the
US finally, after the Cold War, found a "just" cause to expand the
Empire. To crush any discontent.
Who in the US whould cry over couple of millions of dead Cubans
labeled as terrorists?
- 09:31am Mar 7, 2002 EST (#248
HAGUE TRIBUNAL AND CHICAGO TRIBUNE TAKEN IN BY HOAXTERS - http://www.chroniclesmagazine.org/HardRight/HardRight030102.htm
- 02:20pm Mar 7, 2002 EST (#249
A development much connected to weapons of mass destruction, and
missile defense: Iraq and U.N. Hold First High-Level Talks in a
Year By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/international/AP-UN-Iraq.html
And superb comments by Secretary Annan are reported in Annan
Says Terrorism's Roots Are Broader Than Poverty by BARBARA
" . . . He said the United Nations as a whole
was determined to look ahead, focusing on deterring violence
rather than waiting to react to it. . . . .
" Moving into new and not always welcome
territory, Mr. Annan said he would be referring to the Security
Council "information from the U.N. system on cases of serious
human rights violations and on potential conflict situations
arising from ethnic, religious and territorial disputes, poverty
and lack of development."
" He said preventing terrorism and violent
conflict involved "addressing those grievances which terrorists
find useful to exploit for their own ends."
" Where massive and systematic political, economic
and social inequalities are found, and where no legitimate means
of addressing them exists," Mr. Annan said, "an environment is
created in which peaceful solutions all too often lose out against
extreme and violent alternatives."
" The secretary general acknowledged that most
countries did not want to hear from outsiders about potentially
serious problems within their borders.
" He learned that two years ago when he
suggested that claims of sovereignty were no excuse for
mistreating citizens and getting away with it.
" Today, Mr. Annan said the way around this
resistance was not to talk of the world's "duty to intervene" but
rather of a country's "responsibility to protect" all people
within its borders.
" Mr. Annan said that within the power of his
own office, he was committed to promoting third-party mediation in
areas of potential conflict as well as to using his own personal
I feel that the sensitivity of states to 'meddling information
flows" that Annan refers to shows how important, and potentially
lifesaving, information flows and clear ideas can be.
Still think the subjects referred to in MD123 rshow55
3/2/02 6:03pm are interesting - and hope that almarst and
manjumicah2001 do too.
- 05:01pm Mar 7, 2002 EST (#250
To the Editor:
Re "Tip on Nuclear Attack Risk Was Kept From New Yorkers" (news
article, March 4):
The scare last October that terrorists had obtained a 10-kiloton
nuclear weapon and were planning to smuggle it into New York was
taken very seriously by senior Bush administration officials for
several days before being discredited. Such a scenario is far more
likely, and presents a far more immediate threat, than the one that
a national missile defense system is supposed to address.
Every billion dollars spent pursuing the illusion of missile
defense is a billion dollars that can't be spent securing nuclear
materials around the world and on the intelligence and technology
needed to reduce the clear and present danger of a loose nuke
delivered by truck or ship. Add to this the recent General
Accounting Office report that defense contractors have falsified
test data to make missile defense look more feasible, and you have a
recipe for unprecedented disaster.
Exec. Dir., International Physicians for the Prevention of
Nuclear War Cambridge, Mass., March 5, 2002
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