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    Missile Defense

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 - 06:44am Apr 25, 2002 EST (#1750 of 1805)
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Kiss guy didn't!

lchic - 07:51am Apr 25, 2002 EST (#1751 of 1805)
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The message to the 1.2billion Arabs is to be 'do what you like' ... unless Bush gets his act together - which he's incapable of ?!?

rshow55 - 12:55pm Apr 25, 2002 EST (#1752 of 1805) Delete Message

MD662 rshow55 3/18/02 9:55am . . . breaking the cycle. Truth, and apologies, may help. . . Even when punishment is not an issue, or when it can't be.

The future matters.

lchic - 02:30pm Apr 25, 2002 EST (#1753 of 1805)
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The 'cycle' wheels a TANK - re BushSharon - GI will know 'that future plan' ....

lchic - 02:40pm Apr 25, 2002 EST (#1754 of 1805)
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International Water

    Today the world faces increasing problems with water distribution - water for drinking, for washing and sanitation, and for agriculture. Water shortages, often affecting the poorest countries, can lead to conflict within and between nations. Dr Patricia Wouters, Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, is focusing on national and international law to help resolve potential conflict.
Seems there's more than OIL to fight about - WATER next ... if the fight moves to water .... who will get the funding and guns from the US to fight over this?

lchic - 03:08pm Apr 25, 2002 EST (#1755 of 1805)
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    "" ...... The Islamist fanatic and the bourgeoisophobe hate the same things. They use the same words, they utter the same protests. In an essay in the New York Review of Books called "Occidentalism," Avishai Margalit and Ian Buruma listed the traits that enrage al Qaeda and other Third World anti-Americans and anti-Westerners. First, they hate the city. Cities stand for commerce, mixed populations, artistic freedom, and sexual license. Second, they hate the mass media: advertising, television, pop music, and videos. Third, they hate science and technology--the progress of technical reason, mechanical efficiency, and material know-how. Fourth, they hate prudence, the desire to live safely rather than court death and heroically flirt with violence. Fifth, they hate liberty, the freedom extended even to mediocre people. Sixth, they despise the emancipation of women. As Margalit and Buruma note, "Female emancipation leads to bourgeois decadence." Women are supposed to stay home and breed heroic men. When women go out into the world, they deprive men of their manhood and weaken their virility.
    If you put these six traits together, you have pretty much the pillars of meritocratic capitalist society, practiced most assertively in countries like America and Israel. Contemporary Muslim rage is further inflamed by two additional passions. One is a sense of sexual shame. A rite of passage for any bourgeoisophobe of this type is the youthful trip to America or to the West, where the writer is nearly seduced by the vulgar hedonism of capitalist life, but heroically spurns it. Sayyid Qutb, who is one of the intellectual heroes of the Islamic extremists, toured America between 1948 and 1950. He found a world of jazz, football, movies, cars, and people obsessed with lawn maintenance. ........ The second inflaming passion is humiliation--humiliation caused by the fact that in the 1960s and 1970s, many Arab and Muslim nations tried to join this bourgeois world. They tried to modernize, and they failed. Some Arab countries continue to pursue the low and dirty modernizing path, continue to ape the sordid commercialists and even to accept the presence of American troops on Arabian soil. And this drives the hard-core Islamic bourgeoisophobes to even higher states of rage. .....

lchic - 03:16pm Apr 25, 2002 EST (#1756 of 1805)
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Revenge - book review

mazza9 - 04:43pm Apr 25, 2002 EST (#1757 of 1805)
Louis Mazza


Water!!!If you haven't noticed the planet is 80% covered by water with the average depth about 10,000' In fact, were the land masses bulldozed into the sea and distributed evenly, the average depth of our "Water World" would be greater than 9,000'

I realize that you see water as a prime consideration in the efficacy of missile defense but, in my opinion, you're wasting bandwith.


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