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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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almarst2002 - 04:28pm Jun 12, 2002 EST (#2494 of 2529)


Years from now, when the war in Serbia is over and the dust has settled, historians will point to January 15, 1999 as the day the American Death Star became fully operational. That was the date on which an American diplomat named William Walker brought his OSCE war crimes verification team to a tiny Kosovar village called Racak to investigate an alleged Serb massacre of ethnic Albanian peasants. After a brief review of the town's 40-odd bullet-ridden corpses, Walker searched out the nearest television camera and essentially fired the starting gun for the war. -

Media Ignore Questions About Incident That Sparked Kosovo War: "The German daily Berliner Zeitung reported in March (3/13/99) that several European governments, including Germany and Italy, were pressing the OSCE to fire William Walker based on information from OSCE monitors in Kosovo that the Racak bodies "were not-- as Walker declared-- victims of a Serbian massacre of civilians," but were mostly KLA fighters killed in battle." -


Was 'Racak' Kosovo's Gulf of Tonkin? -



lchic - 05:03pm Jun 12, 2002 EST (#2495 of 2529)

El Salv

So Walker is not someone used to telling the truth"

The El Salvadorian people who are exiled across the globe have no doubt that their war a decade ago was due to bad foreign policy by the USA.

This is why it is important that the CONGRESS does take charge of American institutions that dabble abroad and make them very accountable.

almarst2002 - 12:18am Jun 13, 2002 EST (#2496 of 2529)

Dollar hits 17-month low versus euro -

lchic - 02:19am Jun 13, 2002 EST (#2497 of 2529)

Dollar USA will hit lows


    USA farm subsidy - food cost to poor up by 20+%
    Logistic security impediments
    Military exependitures
    Insurance skyrockets
    Many activities slowed or ceased
    The business of the house focused on:
    USA emphasis on treading water - not going under - but not swimming forwards at any great speed

lchic - 02:24am Jun 13, 2002 EST (#2498 of 2529)

Bush and Powell in public split over Israel,2763,736430,00.html


Why not have a conference of the next/newWave ME potential leaders.

Take the OLDWarHORSES out of the picture. How would people in their Thirties, Fourties, Fifties envision the future of that region?

What is the vision? What are people striving for/towards?

It certainly couldn't be one of Palestinians being subservient, kept in an open prison, being 'pulled down' ... rather has to be one of stability and regional growth ... with JOBS JOBS JOBS to give wealth to regular folks.

lchic - 04:32am Jun 13, 2002 EST (#2499 of 2529)

''I think cooperation between our countries' museums is as important as missile agreements,'' said Mikhail

almarst2002 - 07:25am Jun 13, 2002 EST (#2500 of 2529)

New film accuses US of war crimes -,1284,736324,00.html

A former chairman of Amnesty International yesterday called for an independent investigation into claims that US troops tortured Taliban prisoners and assisted in the disappearance of thousands of others in the war in Afghanistan. Andrew McEntee said that "very credible evidence" in a British documentary film needed to be investigated. He was speaking after the first showing in Berlin of the film, Massacre at Mazar.

"This film raises questions that will not go away," said Mr McEntee, who led Amnesty International UK in the 1990s and is now an international human rights lawyer.

The documentary describes how thousands of Taliban troops were rounded up after the battle of Kunduz in late November and transported in sealed shipping containers to Sheberghan prison, a jail then under US control in northwestern Afghanistan.

The film alleges that large numbers of the prisoners died during the journey. US troops suggested the drivers take the bodies out into the desert at Dasht-i-Leili for burial. Two men said they were forced to drive hundreds of Taliban, many of whom were still alive, into the desert, and said that the living were shot. Footage showed large areas of compact red sand dotted with the traces of bones, including jaw bones, and pieces of clothing.

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