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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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almarst2002 - 11:20pm Nov 14, 2002 EST (# 5776 of 5794)

On Iraq.


There can be the following assumptions be made on the issue of disarmament:

- Invasion to help the Disarmament or - Disarmament to help the invasion

Given the openly declared plans for "regime change", the value of OIL and known geopolitical plans of US, I personaly inclined to beleve the second.

rshow55 - 11:35pm Nov 14, 2002 EST (# 5777 of 5794) 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.

almarst2002 11/14/02 11:20pm

There's an expression that goes

"You pays your money and you takes your choice. . . "

This is a big "bet" - .

If Saddam uses inspections as a "run-around" - - rather than accepts real disarmament then there will be war. My guess, a fairly eductated one, I think - is that Saddam loses life and most things people in his family can reasonably value and hope for - and the people of Iraq lose much more - if that happens.

If there's any wisdom or glory in that course - I can't see it.

If Saddam accepts my advice - I think he's doing both the wise and the honorable thing.

If Saddam acts in good faith to keep his agreements - and the US acts treacherously - - that will be very obvious to the whole world. Saddam will, at least, be a sympathetic figure in history - and will probably have taken a part in the discrediting of the United States. An imperfect result for Saddam, I'll admit - but better than what happens to him if he evades his agreements.

If Saddam acts in good faith to keep his agreements - and the US acts honorably - something that may happen (remember - a lot of people are watching) - - Iraq, Saddam, and the whole world are much better off.

I know what my course would be - for both idealistic and "entirely objective" reasons.

. . .

Back tomorrow.

lunarchick - 01:46am Nov 15, 2002 EST (# 5778 of 5794)

Asia Times 14/5 November 2002

How the techies will find Saddam's arsenal When United Nations inspectors begin scouring Iraq for weapons of mass destruction, they will do so with technological tools unavailable even four years ago when they were last in the country. Still, in a world of geopolitical gamesmanship, there are questions even high tech can't answer. - Todd W John (Nov 14, '02)

An article entitled Apocalypse Now, or Alottanukes soon has been withdrawn from this space. It appears to have been based on a hoax

lunarchick - 02:38am Nov 15, 2002 EST (# 5779 of 5794)

PEOPLE Poetry of Yevgeny Yevtushenko

People ......

lunarchick - 04:10am Nov 15, 2002 EST (# 5780 of 5794)

The President

Moved the people
on the board
like chess pieces

He pushed some over
the border
sending them out

That they were citizens
was of no concern

Moving pawns out
He brought pawns in
Later sending them out
because they didn't fit

Saddam - a very thoughtful busy man!


almarst2002 - 07:22am Nov 15, 2002 EST (# 5781 of 5794)

rshow55 11/14/02 11:35pm - "If Saddam acts in good faith to keep his agreements - and the US acts treacherously - - that will be very obvious to the whole world. "

Don't you underestimate the abilities of CIA? Nothing would be simpler then "find" the evidence AFTER invasion.

lunarchick - 07:38am Nov 15, 2002 EST (# 5782 of 5794)

O-Option | 0p-Ed | Kristoff

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