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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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- 10:54pm Mar 30, 2002 EST (#988
mAzzA - your Easter Diversions suggest there has to be something
worthy in the posts preceeding yours ... so
"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!" and the
woman was saved!
in the context of this thread becomes ...
"Let he who is without sin cast the first nuclear-stone!" and
the woman's-world was saved!
See the divine spirit working through you mAzzA .. you're half
way to sainthood and beyond!
- 06:36am Mar 31, 2002 EST (#989
Were the rest of the world to look at unnecessary world problems
(Say Middle East or Nukes) via use of concepts such as :
would those who could do something useful about it be 'shamed'
into taking the necessary logical steps to move these situations
back to normality.
- 09:13am Mar 31, 2002 EST (#990
Very interesting piece. No laughing matter. As serious as it can
be, and in my view, partly right, but on some key issues, flawed.
Suicidal Lies by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/31/opinion/31FRIE.html
"The outcome of the war now under way between the
Israelis and Palestinians is vital to the security of every
American, and indeed, I believe, to all of civilization. Why?
Quite simply because Palestinians are testing out a whole new form
of warfare, using suicide bombers —strapped with dynamite and
dressed as Israelis — to achieve their political aims. And it is
"Israelis are terrified. And Palestinians,
although this strategy has wrecked their society, feel a rising
sense of empowerment. They feel they finally have a weapon that
creates a balance of power with Israel . . . . . "
We need to have a sense of perspective - from the point of view
THREATS TO USE NUCLEAR WEAPONS: The Sixteen Known Nuclear
Crises of the Cold War, 1946-1985 by David R. Morgan http://scienceforpeace.sa.utoronto.ca/WorkingGroupsPage/NucWeaponsPage/Documents/ThreatsNucWea.html
We have to consider terrorism in the full context in which it
exists, and has occured. So that we can eliminate it. Deaths from
the tragedy-crimes of September 11, horrible as they are, are less
than 1/30,000th of the deaths from war in the last century. The
deaths in the Middle East, on both sides, are a lesser percentage.
This new century could be worse -- though it could be much better.
Now, we've set things up so that, with instabilities as they are,
the world could end.
3/28/02 3:42pm ... MD909 rshow55
" The policy of the current administration, behind
a pelthora of words, many of them evasive and off point, includes
the notion set out in Dao's essay title, Please do not disturb
us with bombs ...but says more. Basically, it says.
" Please do not disturb US with Bombs. But we
can bomb YOU."
"The US has to do better than that - or it degrades itself ---
and the rest of the world has to expect better than that, for its
own safety, and because it degrades itself otherwise.
In Betraying Humanity http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/28/opinion/28HERB.html
. Herbert says something I think is profound, essential, and
" . . . ultimately the many tribes that inhabit
this earth are going to have to figure out a way to forge some
workable agreements on how we treat one another."
If American standards for itself matched what it asked of others
- or if symettries or definitions were reasonably discussed, there
would be much more hope.
- 11:27am Mar 31, 2002 EST (#991
Suicidal Lies by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
1. The NACIONALISM/FASCHISM/RACISM where born a long time ago.
And not among Arab or muslim nations who used to accomodate
multhi-ethnic societies piecefully for milleniums. It was born in
Europe. And continue to trive there and in US.
2. The ruthless way of conducting the warfare and targeting the
civilians was invented a long time ago. It was born in Europe. And
continue to trive there and in US.
3. The idea that the might and victory makes moral RIGHT was born
in Europe. And continue to trive there and in US.
The West didn't realise that their agressiveness, their
ruthlessness and immorality helped their expansion and colonisation
of the World not less then their superior technology. and in my
At best, Mr. Friedman's LIES... and more LIES. At worst - an
intellectual shallow emptiness.
Suicidal... May be.
- 01:39pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#992
How nice to be able to declare diversion and not tell the truth.
Perchance is your use of lies allowed?
Almarst: I'm sure the benevolent behavior of Vald the Impaler
raised peaceful to a new and higher level. Talk about raising the
. Say wasn't he that warm hearted, (blooded!) character upon
which Count Dracla was based?
Oh, I remember that wonderful song lyric which goes, "teach,
teach your children well..."C-4 around the waist!!! How peaceful and
loving of their fellow men.
- 02:24pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#993
Seeing visual footage of
'Tanks' where donkeys used to lightly tread
Bush siding with ONE-SIDE exclusively
Needless bloody deaths
is the era of CAN'T_Count_Dracula
WAR is a very unnecessary pastime ... how long before people's
revulsion of it looks to peace ?
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