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Thursday, December 12, 2002
Brief notes on the Star Wars missile defense system
The Star Wars missile defense system failed in a recent test, reports Sky News.
While this isn't reason enough to say such a program should be scrapped since all programs fail before they sucdeed, I can't help but note that this failure is receiving less attention from the Armed Forces Information Service than a successful test did in October.
In related news the government of the United Kingdom is saying that participating in the Star Wars program with the United States will not put the U.K. at greater risk.
IMHO there are three major concerns assosciated with the Star Wars system. One, it might fail when needed and result in killing innocent people in country which may or may not have hitherto been uninvolved in one of the conflicts Uncle Sam is addicted to like Jake La Motta was addicted to boxing. Two, the system could work and allow the U.S. to attack other countries will little fear of retaliation thus creating a bully who can't even be bothered with the difficulties of an empire. If trying to scare other countries with the fear of retaliation is something the U.S. can do, then it is something other countries should be able to do towards a country with a bloody record like the U.S. has. Finally, the system could work and will thus force enemies of the U.S. to take out their rage through what are considered "terrorist" actions. Given how the U.S. reacted to the September 11, 2001 attacks, my guess is that such attack will not spawn reflection but rather the continuation of an unlimited war.