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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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- 01:46pm May 30, 2002 EST (#2428
There are days and weeks when it is pleasure to read the TIMES,
and when it seems to me that reasonable things may be getting done,
reasonable things may be being tried, and the world may yet get
Bush Sends Rumsfeld to Ease Tensions of India and Pakistan
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-US-India-Pakistan.html
The Most Dangerous Place in the World By SALMAN RUSHDIE http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/30/opinion/30RUSH.html
and especially this line:
"Will it take mushroom clouds over Delhi and
Islamabad to make us give up our ingrained prejudices and try
something that might actually work?"
Sensible efforts on the enormous health problem of clean water:
Playing the Bad Cop on the African Tour By RICHARD W.
.... Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill has developed a reputation
as a straight shooter, and he has been true to form traveling
through Africa over the last 10 days.
Negotiations seem to be proceeding reasonably, with people asking
the right questions: . . . Planned Meeting on Mideast Peace May
Be Delayed By TODD S. PURDUM http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/30/international/middleeast/30DIPL.html
The NYT is pushing for right answers . . . . Reimagining the
Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, said many of the right things yesterday in
outlining his plan to transform the F.B.I., but his plans fall
short of the thorough overhaul that the agency clearly requires.
Sensible acknowledgement of facts are being made . . . .
F.B.I. Chief Admits 9/11 Might Have Been Detectable By NEIL
A. LEWIS http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/30/national/30INQU.html
Robert S. Mueller III said the attacks might have
been prevented if officials had responded differently to available
Problems with honesty are being discussed (and in ways where
honesty is being advocated) . . . News Analysis: Self-Criticism
and Its Risk http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/30/national/30ASSE.html
When dots have to be connected, people are paying attention to
how to do it (see last paragraph) . . . . Surveillance:
Government Will Ease Limits on Domestic Spying by F.B.I. http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/30/politics/30SPY.html
Business and diplomatic news about Russia reflects sensible
I'm prone to be critical, sometimes, in spots, but some things
seem like they're being reasonably, competently done.
According to patterns that aren't by any means original with me
or lchic, but which we've tried to advocate -- for example in
5/24/02 12:04am . . .
"Lchic and I just did a 3 hour session on logic,
checking, and peacemaking, with many references to missile
defense, and to this thread. . . . .
I don't know if that session helped, but it seems to me that some
of the things we'd hoped people would consider are being considered.
- 02:09pm May 30, 2002 EST (#2429
Missile defense programs need to be evaluated in a reasonable
tactical context, subject to the countermeasures that can reasonably
be expected and specified. Because missile defense, and other
defenses against weapons of mass destruction, are important .
And also because we have a number of related questions about
priorities, and old patterns, that have been cause of concern since
Eisenhower's time. It is high time for the Cold War to be over, and
for us to do away with costs it has imposed on us that make sense no
Sometimes, to sort out a mess, you have to get SOME key relations
clarified. It would be possible to clarify these relations. That
done -- conditions would be in place for "breakthrough negotiations"
that are deeply in the interest of the United States of America, and
the rest of the world as well.
- 05:34pm May 30, 2002 EST (#2430
The Kids from the Asian Sub-Continent (second generation
migrants) have for a long while achieved the highest score results
at eighteen years of age (UK) ... and yet ... it's incredible to
observe that the combined military brain power of the leaders
of India and Pakistan amounts to them sharing a solitary
- 12:22pm Jun 1, 2002 EST (#2431
- 12:39pm Jun 1, 2002 EST (#2432
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