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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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- 05:57pm Nov 8, 2002 EST (#
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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.
For human safety, and international order, there
have to be limits on what nation states can do within
their own borders - what they can threaten to do - and limits
on their ability to ignore agreements they have made. Those
limits, not yet clearly defined, need to become workably
There have to be limits on human behavior, especially
terrorism, that make reasonable international order possible.
Such limits are being defined debated, rationalized,
focused and clarified by renegotiation now. This is something
that is necessary. And an ongoing process, to some extent. A
process involving both power and reason.
When National Security Adviser Rice wrote this, I believe
she wrote something profound and hopeful.
" Today, the international community has
the best chance since the rise of the nation-state in the
seventeenth century to build a world where great powers
compete in peace instead of continually prepare for war. . .
. . . The United States will build on these common interests
to promote global security.
" The National Security Strategy of the
United States http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/20/politics/20STEXT_FULL.html
There is coming to be a "new deal" in international law.
There is a chance that it may be considerably better for the
safety and prosperity of the world than the old deal. Clearer.
More workable. More fit to real human needs. Negotiations and
readjustments are ongoing - and I'm hopeful.
The role of weapons of mass destruction in international
affairs is under discussion - nations are taking action about
them, talking about them - and with work the risks to human
survival and welfare from these weapons may be much reduced.
Perhaps almost eliminated. For that to happen, international
relations have to work - and that means that workable military
force has to be an available tool.
If the Iraq disarmament can be accomplished efficiently and
gracefully, effectively and without war - that will have been
a great accomplishment for the whole world - and a big step
toward a workable redefinition of an international law that
fits the things we actually know well enough to use about the
"science of human relations."
It seems to me that the negotiations so far have already
accomplished a lot toward making the world a safer and more
comfortable place - and it seems to me that Ambassador
Negroponte's remarks set out standards and principles worth
- 08:15am Nov 9, 2002 EST (#
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- 04:10pm Nov 9, 2002 EST (#
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Universal measurements have no political face.
Benchmarks are numbers, statistics, patterns.
Benchmarks enable one nation to compare and contrast their
'now' with that of others.
Benchmarks are neither left nor
right - no 'wing'.
Using signs + -
It should be possible to gather facts and take a look at
and into nations
To 'burrow under the labels' of figureheads
To see the skew
To note the pattern
As Showalter might say - to look for the ugliness
To see deficiency
From a benchmarked foundation folks can see the direction
Based on the choice and depth of right questioning
- 04:24pm Nov 9, 2002 EST (#
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show 56.6 million Chinese people nationwide use the Internet
via their home computers, a number second only tothe United
The center of the IT 'search' Universe will soon gravitate
towards Asia - both China and India have huge English-speaking
Based on the 'popularity of articles read' (that's called
up) - the search engines place the most-called at the 'top' of
Currently search engines show a bias towards USA documents
- as first off the block.
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