Re: PAC 3 a hit! woo hoooo!

From: Spike Jones (
Date: Sun Jul 23 2000 - 14:29:25 MDT

Spike Jones wrote: wooo hooo, woooo hoooooo! {8^D spike
> U.S. Shoots Down Cruise Missile in Defense Test

"Michael S. Lorrey" wrote: Did you or John have a wager on this event???

Nah. I volunteered to have my prediction (a hit)
reposted with the traditional implied neeener neeener should
the shot go awry (as it did the two times before) but John
Clark was too much the gentleman to neener me. {8^D

Actually I think John and I have identical goals, to
end war, but we just have a difference on how that goal is
to be attained. Fair enough: there are those who believe
that peace can be attained thru a mighty room filled with men,
a paper they are signing says they'll never fight again.

I do not hold that opinion. Perhaps I have a too-cynical view
of human nature, but all treaties are temporary solutions.
Overwhelming technology is the way to permanent peace.
And it must be *truly* overwhelming, and Mike all of us
will pay a price for that peace. You and I have had differing
views on privacy: well, you know what all this anti-missile
tech eventually leads to, do you not? As soon as we really
can defeat all incontinental missiles, we need to go after the
next level of threat, which is smuggled suitcase WMDs, and
we know where that line of reasoning leads, do we not?

Actually I have recently been entertaining a new notion,
that war can be ended by another, far more wonderful
means: by choking off the profitability of it all. Right now,
few young people are going into military technology fields
because mil-tech development pays considerably less than the
commercial counterpart. There are no stock options,
no company furnished BMW, no IPOs, no chick-magnet
T-shirts, no 25 year old CEOs in lear jets. Hell we dont really
even have company picnics. Mil-tech aint sexy. But I would
far sooner achieve final world peace using the dollar rather than
using the missile.

The problem is, this is currently working against the U.S.
We need to figure out a way to make mil-tech less profitable
than commercial development in *other* countries.


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