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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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- 10:40pm Mar 20, 2002 EST (#733
BRITAIN would be ready to make a nuclear strike against states
such as Iraq if they used weapons of mass destruction against
British forces, Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, told MPs
yesterday. - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;$sessionid$W4L5OSYAAAQILQFIQMGSFF4AVCBQWIV0?xml=/news/2002/03/21/niraq21.xml&sSheet=/portal/2002/03/21/ixport.html
- 10:44pm Mar 20, 2002 EST (#734
ISLAMABAD (SANA): Taliban have announced their willingness to
release 18 US troops in exchange for all prisoners detained at
- 12:18am Mar 21, 2002 EST (#735
The 1922 decision to cut the Kurdish culture and State may have
been an error. A strong Kurd State over Iraq might have been
Only the mountains are still
Iraq is on shifting
- 12:41pm Mar 21, 2002 EST (#736
My comment on this ... is flying in via the far side of the moon
- 08:03pm Mar 21, 2002 EST (#737
The above poster ... peacenow3
3/21/02 7:44pm .... is saying .... that Israel Mossard Nazi is
even more vile and corrupt than the US-nazi spider who spins a
mirage web of lies ...
Something for Dashel to think about ... on his search uncorrupted
- 08:12pm Mar 21, 2002 EST (#738
One need not like the Israelis (or Palestinians) especially to
doubt the postings in peacenow3
3/21/02 7:44pm .
- 08:36pm Mar 21, 2002 EST (#739
Ah ... so could be a 'False Flag' operation from yet another
nation ... and so it goes on, and on, and on ......
Speculation, skeptism, and pain are the lasting outcomes of
international incidents of mass killing ... perhaps no one will ever
know the real truth .. yet 'inocent' people are fractured by lasting
hurt and pain.
- 09:14pm Mar 21, 2002 EST (#740
The world has R E A L problems:
Two British development charities say the lack of proper
sanitation is killing almost 6,000 children every day.
Half the world's hospital beds are occupied by people suffering
from water-borne diseases.
The charities WaterAid and Christian group, Tearfund, describe
the problem as "one of the world's most urgent health crises".
Yet they say the diseases are preventable, and solutions are both
simple and cheap
- 09:46pm Mar 21, 2002 EST (#741
3/20/02 10:23pm starts:
"Missile Defense Works! You can deny the existence
of this fact but it won't go away no matter how much you invoke
Eisenhower, Enron, or the Battle of the Little Big Horn.
"You . . . fail to answer questions that might
jeopardize your position. You speak of force when logical
persuasion is what is called for."
What questions? Missile defense works for what? Right answers are
what is called for.
There are very solid reasons why countermeasures for MD are
thousands, tens of thousands, or MORE times cheaper to build than
the MD systems themselves.
It is easy to have fairly large numbers of identical balloons -
which each reflect light or radar just the same - with the warhead
in only one of them. At best, an interception probability of 1/N ,
where N is the number of balloons. That's one easy countermeasure --
and a number of other countermeasures, that have also been discussed
for years, are also easy. That make "missile defense" no reasonable
defense - a huge expense for no real security.
Tests specially tailored for success can keep the engineers
"justified" - - - "justified" for people who aren't looking very
hard - but as far as US security is concerned - the program is a
fake. MD353 rshow55
And the money, and the skills - - can be much better
- 09:58pm Mar 21, 2002 EST (#742
Question #1-Who elected you the diversion sheriff?
Question #2-Opinion or Fact?"Tests specially tailored for success
can keep the engineers "justified" - - - "justified" for people who
aren't looking very hard - but as far as US security is concerned -
the program is a fake.FAKE! What proof do you offer.
Question #3-Opinion or Fact? "And the money, and the skills - -
can be much better spent."
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