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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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- 03:24pm Apr 17, 2002 EST (#1418
Losing Latin America by PAUL KRUGMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/16/opinion/16KRUG.html
"Surely the worst thing about this episode is the betrayal of
our democratic principles; "of the people, by the people, for the
people" isn't supposed to be followed by the words "as long as it
suits U.S. interests."
It seems for a very long time this country motto has being "As
long as it suits U.S. interests, anything goes"
What is really dangerous and FASCIST in nature is an attempt to
mask the most appaling acts of selfishness and ruthless criminal
behavier under the banners of Democracy and Humanity.
The words written on the Buchenwald concentration camp where "The
Work makes the man FREE".
At least the British Empire was honest by declaring that it "Has
no Friends or Enemies. Just Interests"
The nation which brainwashed its population to the degree of
moral degradation and blindness while in position of the World
ultimate Superpower is ULTIMATLY DANGEROUS.
- 03:32pm Apr 17, 2002 EST (#1419
George W. Sadat by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN - http://www.nytimes.com/2002/04/17/opinion/17FRIE.html
"Mr. Bush has to do the same right now. He has to be the Anwar
el-Sadat of this moment, because no one else will be. That means
laying down a clear American peace plan calling for a new U.N.
mandate for the West Bank and Gaza to develop a new Palestinian
Authority capable of ruling those areas; a phased withdrawal of
Israeli troops, à la the Clinton plan; and U.S. or NATO forces to
cement the deal."
This comes from THE major idea-setting man in US media? What a
- 04:12pm Apr 17, 2002 EST (#1420
Rich country -- in many ways -- imperfect in spots. Richer for
having Friedman's work - - though neither Friedman, nor any other
columnist, can deliver totally perfect, ideally balanced perfection
from all points of view.
Almarst , don't you think, from the perspective of the
world as a whole, and world safety overall -- that there's been a
lot of progress in the last year? A major thing is that
people all over the world are looking at problems that they
weren't attending to before.
There's plenty to be indignant about -- more than enough to go
around. A lot of things could be made better.
It would surely be a far safer world if we looked carefully at
the horrors that have become "standard" since WWII - -
How many things would have to change to make the world
much safer? Maybe not too many.
Many of the most serious problems include very basic, blatant
distortions about facts and proportions. The "missile defense"
boondoggle is an example.
The truth doesn't always get buried. And you , almarst ,
can make mistakes too.
And correct them. Others do, too. Friedman has corrected his own
mistakes, once he understands he's made them, many times.
- 04:18pm Apr 17, 2002 EST (#1421
Any solution has to come from within to be durable and
The only solution I personaly can see is INTEGRATION Palestine
into the Israel under some lose confederation. All the resources
have to be equaly distributed and shared. The defence should be a
common one accross Israel-Palestine external borders. True equality
among all people. While each part of federation may maintain its own
cultural-linquistic characteristics. The may be taken Swiserland as
The drowback for the Israel may be some loss of its strictly
Jewish identity. But, honestly, it seems to have being lost for a
very long time now. Another is a loss of its external
European-American appearance. But I personally would concider it to
be a positive change.
That could be a country I would like to return and live
- 04:30pm Apr 17, 2002 EST (#1422
"Friedman has corrected his own mistakes"
Agree. Since I started following him at a time of "humanitarian"
bombing and Globalization "go-go", he seems to grow up. A bit.
Can I be wrong on many occasions? Absolutly. Fortunatly, I don't
have responcibility for shaping this country's public oppinion. On a
matters of lives and death of thousends if not millions of people.
In a last couple of years I changed as well. I lost the naivity I
had coming to live in US. I see the World with much more cynical and
critical eyes. I see that the ultimate Truth is dictated by the
prevealing Force. As suitable. That there is no such thing as
MORALITY above the position of street-cleaner. For better or worst.
- 04:33pm Apr 17, 2002 EST (#1423
The real question about Friedman for me is this: Is he as fool as
he frequently presents himself or is it a pose required to advance
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