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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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lchic - 10:19pm Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1011 of 1026)

A Perception shared is a perception halved!


lchic - 11:15pm Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1012 of 1026)

    '... it is important for us to be able to see people fighting against injustices, oppression, for fighting against foreign occupation of their land.
    This should not be lumbered together with terrorism.'
    Islamic Foreign Ministers conference Malaysia April2002

lchic - 11:35pm Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1013 of 1026)

    Its morgue, with 25 bodies, is full, and the Israelis will not let the bodies be buried.
    .. As passions and bloodshed mounted, so did protests against Israel and America, seen as its backer with tens of thousands massing in Cairo and clashing with the police, and with similar scenes at Jordan University in Jordan, which is usually tightly ordered.
    .. He called it "the most short-sighted policy I have ever seen."

lchic - 11:48pm Apr 1, 2002 EST (#1014 of 1026)

    .. reoccupation "is not the purpose, not the aim, not the strategy of the Israeli government''. But what that strategy was remained unclear to many Israelis.
    One Israeli writer, Rogel Alpher in Haaretz, yesterday scathingly described Mr Sharon's Sunday night address to Israelis as "troubled and neurotic''.
    "independence" is snuffed out in those areas once given to the Palestinian Authority, to be replaced by the old routine of fear and Israeli midnight arrests and torture, so Palestinian anger and frustration continues to build

    Robert Fisk


lchic - 12:22am Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1015 of 1026)

    "If you two don't STOP fighting I'll lift you up by the scruff of the neck and knock your heads together" ...
    An attention grabbing old_saying from the politically incorrect days of yore!
So why didn't Bush lift them by their proverbials and threaten to knock their heads together - on this board, would that be 'nuke them both out of existence' ... have gun will shoot ... America's spending a lot on defense -- isn't it of any use?

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And the LOSER IS Bush .. of course!

lchic - 04:30am Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1016 of 1026)

ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI

    Well, it could spin out of control. In the meantime the United States and Israel are increasingly isolated internationally. This could hurt our ability to conduct the war on terrorism and last but not least-- and this worries me a great deal -- I think the Palestinians are being turned, largely by Mr. Sharon, into something like the Algerians: People absolutely determined to wage urban guerilla warfare brutally, ruthlessly, at any cost at enormous self-sacrifice.
    And the Israelis are becoming increasingly like the white supremacist South Africans, viewing the Palestinians as a lower form of life, not hesitating to kill a great many of them and justifying this on the grounds that they are being the objects of terrorism, which is true.
    But the reactions are all out of proportion, and all of that I think is a very sad spectacle and ultimately a spectacle of failure of American strategy.

lchic - 09:17pm Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1017 of 1026)

Arafat and Sharon should resign, says EU official

  • EU official calls for new leadership
  • Sharon says Arafat should go into exile
  • Gun battles rage across West Bank towns
  • US diplomatic staff to leave Jerusalem
    As gun battles raged across the West Bank towns of Bethlehem and Ramallah, the EU foreign policy head, Javier Solana, today called on the Israeli prime minister and the Palestinian leader to step aside and make way for new leadership.
    ... Speaking to a Spanish radio station today, Mr Solana said the battle between the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, and the Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, the increasingly crucial dynamic in the fighting, appeared to be bitterly personal.
    "Sharon and Arafat ... have lived through this conflict for too long. I do not wish them any harm, but it would not appear bad to me if they allowed other people to lead this conflict," Mr Solana said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,2763,677697,00.html

lchic - 09:30pm Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1018 of 1026)

'The problem with Arafat is that he has a lot in common with Sharon: old, ruthless and cynical' http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=279881 http://www.independent.co.uk/search.jsp?keywords=robert+fisk

almarst-2001 - 11:27pm Apr 2, 2002 EST (#1019 of 1026)

Today, America is no mere superpower or hegemon but a full-blown empire in the Roman and British sense. - http://www.iht.com/articles/53141.html

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