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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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- 11:14pm Mar 18, 2002 EST (#685
The KAL 700 was shot down over Russian territory. Not that I
approve it. But one must recognise the difference.
You are just trying to hide behing a see-trough glass.
- 12:17am Mar 19, 2002 EST (#686
US couldn't tell a Passenger Plane from a war plane ...
US falling behind on the health and safety score re Camp X-ray:
being seen through wire
Heathy sleep demands 'darkness'
Not providing such
conditions is a health hazard / torture
That the US has to
keep the lights-on to see in the dark begs the question -
'What happened to night time surveillance equipment' ...
- 05:09pm Mar 19, 2002 EST (#687
KAL 007 was struck by the Soviet missile while over Shakalin
Island. It proceeded for 12 more minutes and eventually came to rest
at the botton of the Sea of Japan, well outside the 12 mile limit.
Lchic: The Soviet Pilot identified the B-747 and was ordered to
shoot it down, even though this was a commercial airliner. The
Iranian airliner was not broadcasting required air traffic control
codes. The Iranian pilot was in error and as such there was nothing
for President Bush to comment about.
Commercial airliners have crossed war zones without any trouble
for many decades. In 1968 I attended an Air Force Staff Officer
School. A classmate of mine had just returned from Viet Nam where he
flew 100 missions in F-105s, mostly over the North. After 50
missions he was given R&R and he flew to Hong Kong from Bangkok
Thailand. He stated that it was one of life's ironies that he had
crossed over Hanoi on his R&R trip and had experienced no
problems when, days earlier, he was flying over Hanoi in an F-105
loaded with 16ea 500lb bombs. Needless to say there were no SAMs or
AAA to avoid while flying to Hong Kong on the B-727!
- 05:46pm Mar 19, 2002 EST (#688
"The Iranian pilot was in error and as such there was nothing
for President Bush to comment about."
- 06:41pm Mar 19, 2002 EST (#689
I wonder if Mazza even understands how ugly his stance is
-- to people who think of human beings as human beings?
- 07:01pm Mar 19, 2002 EST (#690
It is just hilarious to observe the interaction between Rouis and
you guys. I mean, after all, you guys are supposed to be experts at
"ways of clear communications" to solve the world's problems....but
ah! the question is 'do you speak the same language with your
You see, the language of Rouis is that of a military man. What
excites him is force capabilities, not moral sensibilities, which he
has been trained all his life to think of as a luxury the true
warriers can't afford to have. So, no matter how much "outrage" you
guys express at his cool, matter of fact, statements, it just
doesn't register in his brain as an important issue, don't you get
On the other hand, you start talking about the range of the new
tepodong-2 ICBMs and how it will wipe out Chicago unless Bush comes
riding in with his NMD shot-guns drawn ready to save the nation, he
is all ears so to speak....
In a comical way, your interaction with Rouis shows how
ridiculous all of your posturings re: the enlightened role of
communications in international conflict resolutions really are.
Sadly, Rouis and his types represent the realities of this world
(more academic term would be Kissinger's "real politik") and only
thing preventing them (or us) from destroying others is...that's
right....fear, a big existential fear of the other's capability to
destroy yourselves. Sadly fear of G-D ain't gonna cut it for these
guys, notwithstanding occasional Sunday outings....:-)
- 07:09pm Mar 19, 2002 EST (#691
That is, Sunday outings to the church. Just wanted to make sure
Rouis doesn't take it as an outing to the gun range, although, as
any decent member of NRA would say, G-d is indeed present at the Gun
range as well in the mist of gun powder and the sweet sounds of M16s
& Uzi blasts .
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