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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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lunarchick - 09:36pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5641 of 5651)

Oil came in as the new gold with the automobile engine ...

Oil has skewed the economy of Iraq

People have been denied the chance to develop their country logically and have a full say in their own 'now', own history, own progress.

The challenge for Iraq is to integrate the people into a REAL democracy.

Were Saddam a GREAT LEADER - then he would put in the succession framework that would enable the people to move on with power and assurity and be successful.


Too often a poor manager will look around to pass on 'blame' ... rather than look to truth and the true reasons to explain a current environment.


Looking to skewed philosophy, looking for 'others' to blame .... doesn't stand the test of time, doen't set the people up for success.


If Saddam had a Nation with much good provision, then why can't he see a route through the maze, through the Labarynth towards a more ideal future?

Perhaps he had GOOD advisors ... perhaps he used to consider ... perhaps he too suffers from the Arrogance of absolute power.

All power corrupts -

Quotes on power ...

almarst2002 - 09:36pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5642 of 5651)

rshow55 11/11/02 9:27pm

It's not up to Iraqis to chose life or death, peace or war. Its all in hands of US. No matter what Iraq does or does not do. One must be very naive to believe otherwise. The smell of oil is too strong to resist.

lunarchick - 09:40pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5643 of 5651)

If all the NON-OIL nations got together and moved towards ENERGY from non-oil sources ....

    Alternative Energy is making headway
Then it would be possible to 'rip' the wings off some butterflies and make them walk!

almarst2002 - 09:42pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5644 of 5651)

"Were Saddam a GREAT LEADER..."

I wonder why one have to be a great leader to avoid being robbed or killed by a bully looking for an pray?

Surely war can be avoided if Iraq invides the US to rule the country and own its oil. And convert the Iraq to the springboard of agression against the rest of ME.

That's the price.

rshow55 - 09:44pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5645 of 5651) 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.

Almarst - - if weapons inspections go through - and there is no war - then you'll be shown wrong about that - won't you?

You say I'm being naive. I think you're being - in C.P. Snow's phrase "cynical and unworldly."

But I feel strongly about this. Either international law is being renegotiated now - or it is being negated.

It better be the former. Almarst , it would be a tragedy for everything we both hold dear if people with power and responsibility opt for the latter. And it will be a victory for the forces in the United States that concern us both most.

Choices made matter - - and the advantages, right now - are radically on the side of getting the weapons inspections to work.

And Iraq did agree to disarm - and they say that they have.

They should do so.

lunarchick - 09:47pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5646 of 5651)

""How happy is he, born or taught, that serveth not
another's will,
Whose armor is his honest thought,
and simple truth his utmost skill.

Sir H. Wotton

almarst2002 - 09:49pm Nov 11, 2002 EST (# 5647 of 5651)

"if weapons inspections go through - and there is no war "

You think I am cynical? Remember Munich? Just let them have this small insignificant Chechoslovakia and the Great World Piece will be saved?

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