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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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rshow55 - 08:13pm Apr 23, 2002 EST (#1721 of 1731) Delete Message

lchic 4/23/02 4:44pm On Kissinger:

Thomas L Friedman's review of Kissenger's Does America Need a Foreign Policy titled How to Run the World in Seven Chapters

Friedman's review includes this:

" What was said of ''The Prince,'' as Harvey C. Mansfield Jr. of Harvard University explains in his translation, will no doubt be said by critics of Kissinger. Mansfield wrote: ''Soon after being published in 1532,'' Machiavelli's book ''was denounced as a collection of sinister maxims and as a recommendation of tyranny, giving rise to the hateful term 'Machiavellian.' '' Kissinger's book is not a recommendation for tyranny in any way, but it is very ''Kissingerian'' -- focused more around power balances, stability and national interests than American values. I have no doubt that Kissinger is as cynical, mean and nasty a bureaucratic infighter and player of the game of nations as his most venomous critics have charged. At times, he can make Machiavelli sound like one of the Sisters of Mercy. But having said that, one can still value the clarity of his thinking, which is fully on display here.

One can value that clarity, from one perspective, and find it ugly indeed if you are almarst , or looking at things from the perspective of many other countries.

It seems to me that, in nuclear policy, the Vietnam War, and much else, the United States, behaving in "Kissingerian" fashion -- really was as ugly and blood-curdling as Friedman (and almarst ) suggests.

The world is asking us to do better - insisting that we do better.

We can do better.

lchic - 09:10pm Apr 23, 2002 EST (#1722 of 1731)
"Washington's values are not my values .." Karen HUGHES (Mine Neither!)

The movement of labour from LAND to FACTORY over a couple of centuries was the 'pull' of higher wages in the industrial/factory world.

Those countries feeling 'at the mercy' of incoming capital should look to their strengths .. they have their domestic populations who will start to buy the goods produced. A question to ask is
'What is the SIZE of the home market (modified by ability to pay for product)?'
Producing goods for which there is a home demand is worth considering.
Knowledge of potential export demands for same goods - would be worth knowing.

A country that has educated and experienced HUMAN CAPITAL with technical wisdom and strengths might ask the question -
With our expertise (at comparative lesser wages cost), what challenges can we take on board that will fulfil future NEEDS, fill a NICHE demand at the head of a wider and stronger TREND?

Catching a directional wave in a timely manner with an eye to the future - might set off a line of production (to be continually improved and upgraded) that helps satisfy worldwide future needs.

Looking a Maslow's Heirachy people have bottom line basic needs for survival, food clothing shelter, energy, and love. Moving on they have educational self development needs that may lead into an area of 'work' that provides an income, so they can propergate their DNA . It's the DNA that's really our master - as a human race we are servants to it. The goal for the one generation is to provide a better and more secure world for the next.
Additional to this come Self-development/actualisation whereby people gain pleasure and enjoyment from following their interests to the highest levels. In this area would be art culture and exploration. People look and will pay for new to them, challenging experiences - that thrill them or give cudos and status (back home).
There is money in the world that people wish to relieve themselves of - but it has to be in exchange for something they can value in the now, or, relive and talk about to others.

lchic - 09:22pm Apr 23, 2002 EST (#1723 of 1731)
"Washington's values are not my values .." Karen HUGHES (Mine Neither!)

lchic - 09:31pm Apr 23, 2002 EST (#1724 of 1731)
"Washington's values are not my values .." Karen HUGHES (Mine Neither!)


With Tourism an area has to ask what is unique to it - do tourists want to venture alone, or, would they prefer the shelter of organisation which might take the form of special developments that cater to both their need for 'change' and yet give 'guided insights' into that new to them culture.

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