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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 - 08:16pm Apr 4, 2002 EST (#1078 of 1092)


lchic - 08:25pm Apr 4, 2002 EST (#1079 of 1092)

If anyone explored this link (above) -- one article seemed to say that the USA had OKAYED the Israeli assault to continue for at least 4 more days! Silence from Bush is taken as the OK to kill and keep killing!

lchic - 08:27pm Apr 4, 2002 EST (#1080 of 1092)

Enough is enough - Bush

President tells Sharon to end West Bank occupation,2763,679195,00.html

lchic - 10:12pm Apr 4, 2002 EST (#1081 of 1092)

Robert Fisk: A speech laced with obsessions and little else -- President Bush had totally failed to understand the tragedy he is supposedly trying to solve. ... The mugger became the victim and the victim became the mugger. What, I wonder, is the exact distance between the Rose Garden and Bethlehem? So the US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, is travelling to "the region'' next week. Next week? Why not now?
    But of course, the White House, which according to the Israeli press has repeatedly been asking Mr Sharon how long he intends to reoccupy the Palestinian cities of the West Bank, is to give the Israeli Prime Minister more time to finish his invasion, destroy the Palestinian infrastructure and dismantle the Palestinian Authority.
    The dollar has fallen against world currencies
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    Far more instructive than the Bush speech was the measured, fair way in which Terje Larson, the UN's special Middle East envoy, and Nigel Roberts, the local director of the World Bank, tried to describe the tragedy. In a short press conference they appealed to both sides to end violence and respect international law and cited Israel as well as the Palestinians for breaking it. The so-called Israeli "closed military areas" were, Mr Larson said, "illegitimate and in direct violation of the [Oslo] Agreements". Mr Roberts talked of the surge in violence as a threat that could "consign to history the unique opportunity for reconciliation''.
    But "closed military areas" achieved another Israeli victory over the Western television satellite stations. Yesterday, the BBC, Sky and CNN, with their own crews largely prevented from filming in the reoccupied Palestinian cities, all ran footage of the Bethlehem battle taken by Israeli soldiers. Rather than refuse to use the tape unless their own crews were permitted access to the carnage, the three channels all dutifully used the film taken by the army of occupation. Another milestone in the collapse of journalism in the Middle East. But not so serious as the collapse of America's peace-making.

lchic - 10:24pm Apr 4, 2002 EST (#1082 of 1092)

"O little town of Bethlehem - how still we see thee cry"

lchic - 10:31pm Apr 4, 2002 EST (#1083 of 1092)

Under Blair’s leadership, the whole government seems not only to be leaning further and further to the right, but also to be taking this great British democracy back to the good old days of imperialism and colonialism. Robert Cooper, a senior Foreign Office diplomat attached to Downing Street and Blair’s key foreign policy adviser, has just issued a pamphlet titled “Reordering the World,” featuring a foreword by the prime minister. Claiming that it was the task of liberal democracies (of which one assumes Britain still is) to “bring order” to the rest of the world, he calls for “a new kind of imperialism” to enable Britain to intervene abroad, naturally all under the cover of “combating global terror threats.” In fact, writes Cooper, “the need for colonialization is as great as it ever was in the 19th century.”

Cooper argues that active intervention is sometimes necessary, even if Western countries may break the rules. “Among ourselves, we operate on the basis of laws … but when dealing with more old-fashioned kinds of states outside the post-modern continent of Europe, we need to revert to rougher methods of an earlier era ­ force, pre-emptive attack, deception.” To make sure he is perfectly understood, Cooper adds that “when we are operating in the jungle, we must also use the laws of the jungle.” So much for British diplomacy.

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