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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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- 08:01pm Mar 29, 2002 EST (#961
Russia is concerned with the US’s position on Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty (CTBT). This was reported by RIA ‘Novosti’ referring
to a source in the Foreign Ministry. - http://english.pravda.ru/main/2002/03/29/27239.html
According to this source, namely this treaty is “the most
important barrier in the way of spreading and development of nuclear
weapon.” While the US, the source stressed, “not only hesitates in
ratification of this treaty, but also beforehand prepares a base for
its withdrawal from this treaty.” That the US will carry out
nuclear weapon tests was clear already when it refused, in contrast
to Russia, to ratify Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.
- 08:21pm Mar 29, 2002 EST (#962
"Suppressing the activity of the guerrillas, the Americans use
the same tactics, as the Russian soldiers do in Chechnya, arranging
raids, detaining all, who raise suspicion, checking their connection
with terrorist groups. The so-called scouring procedures in Chechnya
have become the talk of the town in the West. The law-enforcement
bodies, the public figures, journalists and politicians are fond of
talking about the Russians’ barbarism, about jeering at “poor
Chechens.” The US State Department was playing an important role in
this respect, they did not think about those “poor Chechens” cutting
the heads of the Western specialists off. But in this case we are
talking about Afghanistan, not Chechnya" - http://english.pravda.ru/main/2002/03/23/27150.html
- 08:47pm Mar 29, 2002 EST (#963
I understand your indignation in MD946 almarst-2001
3/29/02 6:00pm . . . but almarst , do you have any
quarrel with MD945 rshow55
3/29/02 5:19pm ?
3/29/02 6:08pm . . . Some can find your morality fatiguing. Many
don't share it exactly. On September 25, 2000, I had a long talk
with "becq" -- who I thought was Clinton at the time. More than 8
hours, back and forth. We didn't agree on a number of things. But
Clinton was an "outsider" rather than an "insider" with respect to a
"military-industrial complex conspiracy" that I was concerned about.
I've been concerned with the policies of the Bushes, and concerned
that they are "insiders" Elder
Bush in Big G.O.P. Cast Toiling for Top Equity Firm .... by By
LESLIE WAYNE ..... NYT . . . . March 5, 2001
- 08:48pm Mar 29, 2002 EST (#964
Colonialism, as the British practiced it, had much to be said
against it,, but it was not all bad - - - and the good parts
(not forgetting the arrogance) ought to be remembered. Compared to
much the Soviet Union did, some what was done looked pretty good . .
THE WHITE MAN'S BURDEN by Rudyard Kipling . . . . 1899 http://www.poetryloverspage.com/poets/kipling/white_mans_burden.html
THE UNITED STATES AND THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
starts . . .
Take up the White man's burden --
... Send forth the best ye
Go bind your sons to exile
.... To serve your
Take up the White Man's burden --
... The savage wars of
Fill full the mouth of Famine
... And bid the
And when your goal is nearest
... The end
for others sought,
Watch Sloth and heathen Folly
all your hope to nought
. . . . .
Colonialism was not all about exploitation. It was more
complex than that.
Kipling was a long way from being a Nazi. . . .
He sometimes took stances nearly identical to some Russians have
- 09:06pm Mar 29, 2002 EST (#965
Just a thought for a happy ending, based on the pattern in How
a Story is Shaped http://www.fortunecity.com/lavendar/ducksoup/555/storyshape.html
Maybe some things in the Middle East might be converted to "good
Indignation, after a point, stops being useful. It seems to me
that, on missile defense and other issues, there are soluble
problems before us.
- 09:40pm Mar 29, 2002 EST (#966
Bush, Putin May Sign Accords in May By THE ASSOCIATED
- 10:14pm Mar 29, 2002 EST (#967
Did you ever hear of the rape of Nanking? Personally, I believe
that there is one cure for all rapists. "No pepe..no rapee!"
- 11:15pm Mar 29, 2002 EST (#968
rshow - can you possibly keep you comments (of the length that
they are) to just one side of the Atlantic please?
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