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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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- 03:27pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#998
Thomas Friedman made the argument, recently, that "if suicide
bombing became "normal"-- no political leader would be safe." It
isn't that simple, or fearsome in just that way.
The suicide bombing would have to have a purpose - - a purpose
that a bomber who was in some ways rational, and part of a support
system that was in some ways rational -- thought worth dying for.
In that sense, suicide bombing is "just another weapon" -- and a
weapon somewhat harder to use than many.
Since the Americans won't, the EU SHOULD use FORCE - or offer
FORCE -- to get the two sides into an arrangement where they CAN
It shouldn't be impossible, or even so difficult -- because so
many want a solution -- and without 3d party intervention - none is
possible. The Bush administration position of -- "just have a
ceasefire, then we might talk" can't possibly work. Sometimes,
solutions have to come into existence together.
For reasons that are partly mechanical -- for instance, in a lot
of manufacturing - you have to install assemblies - - for reasons
that can be compelling in detail.
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A good deal else was discussed.
- 03:29pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#999
It seems to me that MANY of the problems that Almarst, lchic,
and I have been discussing since March 2001are getting clearer and,
for all the ugliness, nearer solutions. MD757 rshow55
The key issues of missile defense are now much clearer. http://talk.guardian.co.uk/WebX?14@@.ee7a163/281
- 03:40pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#1000
Responding to mAzzA ... For this
Islamic extremists attack Hindu temple in Kashmir.
People attack building in Kashmir. Then ask - why
would they quarrel with a building?
Then ask - does the building have symbolic meaning?
The concept of the multi-denomination place of worship needs
'positioning' in local minds. Next mAzzA suggests to
link this barbarity to the United States? The link
America support(ed) Pakistan - who had a desire to
annex Kashmire - because America_USA viewed Pakistan as an
There is a neuclear problem in this zone. As i've said
above. (1) States should be secular, not religious, and in this
INDIA has the modern (and only) approach. (2) The Indian
Sub-Continent should become a Federation.
- 03:45pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#1001
Here's part of an undelivered speech by Franklin D. Roosevelt,
written shortly before his death:
" Today, we are faced with the pre-eminent fact
that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science
of human relationships --- the ability of all peoples, of all
kinds, to live together and work together in the same world, at
Our "missile defense" programs aren't techically workable,
against any reasonably expectable countermeasures - even if they
work as stunts. No defense - even against missiles. No "shield" that
provides reasonable security.
But if we could make steps toward peace -- that would
increase our security. To do it, we have to deal with everybody
involved, even our adversaries, as human beings .
- 04:43pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#1002
- 06:50pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#1003
You didn't-won't answer the question. Obfuscation is your forte.
The Pakistan/India confrontation can be linked to European
colonial excess but surely not to the United States.
I enjoyed you pun in post 04:43pm Mar 31, 2002 EST!
- 10:56pm Mar 31, 2002 EST (#1004
The face of time - when nukes were designed http://www.getafixit.com/gallery/pages/Clock_gif.htm
- 02:25am Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1005
mAzzA ... “Poisson d’Avril!” ... watch
- 04:06am Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1006
Wednesday night's episode had a bunch of Russian Rambos
routing a gang of evil Muslim extremists in the forbidding
mountains of Chechnya.
The same mood is evident at the cinema in the new box office
smash, War, by Aleksei Balabanov, whose previous Brat-2 movie had
Russian hit men outwitting and gunning down feckless Americans in
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