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 [F] New York Times on the Web Forums  / Science  /

    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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rshow55 - 10:58am Oct 26, 2002 EST (# 5238 of 5256) Delete Message
Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click "rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for on this thread.

"As Americans, currently facing unprecedented challenges in our world, the need to pause and reflect critically has never been greater, urges Takaki."

And the payoff from critical reflection might never be greater.

Seems to me that the world is closer than before to getting some key problems solved.

Problems do get solved, at a cost, but sometimes pretty completely. There have been plenty of such cases - cases that make life as convenient and safe as it is.

Other problems sometimes remain.

But for some tasks - a time comes when the problems are all handled - and things can be done better and more beautifully than before.

Maybe the horrors of war are getting more restrained - the incidence is less than might be expected from past experience - - maybe things are getting better?

Ugly and bloody as things are, it looks that way to me.

If war in either the Korean peninsula or Iraq occurs now - it will throw into harsh relief some stupidities and corruptions that were very avoidable.

In both Korea and Iraq - key questions remain about how, as a practical matter (and emotions are practical, too) - - do we meet needs that have to be met - and treat each other as human beings.

Are these questions beyond the wit of man?

Suppose Iraq is to be disarmed - meeting every practical need set out in the US-UK draft before the security council. Can it be done politely - gracefully - in a way where the end point is humanly sustainable and good?

Similar questions can be asked with respect to N. Korea.

Are these impossible things to ask for?

lchic - 10:58am Oct 26, 2002 EST (# 5239 of 5256)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

The TRUTHS of the NOW

Where there are many conflicting answers to the one question

There is a need to fund TRUTH

On the base of an agreed TRUTH

Nations can agree

From that agreement move forward to develop policy more suited to the real need

lchic - 11:02am Oct 26, 2002 EST (# 5240 of 5256)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

Takaki says there's hope for America based on the continued implementation of the value system espoused in The Declaration of Independence

rshow55 - 11:03am Oct 26, 2002 EST (# 5241 of 5256) Delete Message
Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click "rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for on this thread.

lchic 10/26/02 10:58am


And the mechanics are available - for the problems of most importance, right now.

As for funding - if people of sufficient status wanted truth - money could be found sufficient to settle a lot with a few phone calls.

For reasons Mazza and I might even agree on, I can't make those calls. Others could.

lchic - 11:07am Oct 26, 2002 EST (# 5242 of 5256)
~~~~ It got understood and exposed ~~~~

Putin - Anesthesiatist - Ampitheatre of death


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