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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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manjumicha - 05:49pm Oct 18, 2002 EST (# 5011 of 5040)


I have no idea where you are going with that "hump or death" story of yours....:-) But I can see you are overreacting because your CNN/NYT manufactured world view got all bent out of shape due to certain drops of "reality".

Btw, I thought the "save mankind" job was reserved for someone of higher order, not Bush Jr. or your many other worldly idols....i.e. clutches. You sure have an interesting theology.

You certainly don't need any help in your comical "AMERICAN" (insert here fireworks, anthems, the whole works) existence but let me just add that your hypocracy/ignorance is amusing and sad at the same time, like a chaplin movie.

mazza9 - 06:49pm Oct 18, 2002 EST (# 5012 of 5040)
"Quae cum ita sunt" Caesar's Gallic Commentaries

Yeah, "The Dictator". The perogatives of power have always been "hump or death". I'm sorry that my analogy was over your head. I will try to minimize my polysyllabic posts. Words of 6 letters of less okay?

President Bush IS THE PRESIDENT! What are you? Where do you get off with that attitude that you display? Since you are a part of the "If only..." crowd I know that I'm wasting my breath..but "what the hey!"

mazza9 - 07:28pm Oct 18, 2002 EST (# 5013 of 5040)
"Quae cum ita sunt" Caesar's Gallic Commentaries


I grieve for the loss of your countrymen and all who perished in the Bali blast. Here is a quote from an article which offers advice from an Indonesian Islamic cleric.

"In a land dominated by moderate Muslims, Mr Bashir is a genuine radical. And he's not about to compromise his views or his comments to make his message more palatable for "infidels" in the West, even those in Australia grieving now for their lost loved ones.

Asked if there was anything he wanted to say to families who lost relatives in the bomb blast, he said: "My message to the families is please convert to Islam as soon as possible."

Mr Bashir offered no sympathy for those who died; just his belief that by converting to Islam, the survivors could ensure they would avoid the fate of those non-Muslims who died and went to hell."

And for manjumicha: This is a prime example of the "Hump or Death" option"!

manjumicha - 07:48pm Oct 18, 2002 EST (# 5014 of 5040)

You seem to have unhealthy attachment to "humping and dying" kinda action. Very typical of wanna be solider of fortune type crowds who get off making up their fake vet stories while creeping around the local VW joints with their oversized beer belly and the whole nine yards.

Still, don't you think it is quite tacky even for you to assign such overtly sexual metaphor to the death of hundreads of people? In your "grief", no less....:-)

mazza9 - 11:04pm Oct 18, 2002 EST (# 5015 of 5040)
"Quae cum ita sunt" Caesar's Gallic Commentaries

You ignorameous! You high school debate tactics won't work here. The metaphor/analogy speaks to the human penchant for either or solutions, especially when you have the "power" to limit the decision to or(else).

When Saddam gased the Kurds in Northern Iraq what was his message? "Either you accept me as your ruler and all that this entails, or you die." Is that so hard for you to understand?

lchic - 02:05am Oct 19, 2002 EST (# 5016 of 5040)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

When the USA supplied the gas
that Saddam used
to gas the Kurds ...

lchic - 02:12am Oct 19, 2002 EST (# 5017 of 5040)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

"" In the search for the perpetrators of the 12 October bombing in Bali, most government and media attention has focused on the Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and its leader, Abubakar Ba’asyir.

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