[thechat] Flaws in Cultures

Martin Burns martin at easyweb.co.uk
Tue Sep 24 05:01:01 CDT 2002

On Mon, 23 Sep 2002, John Handelaar wrote:
> Incidentally, neither country has demonstrated an actual
> weapon yet, as far as anyone outside the programmes can
> verify - a test rig and something deployable are a world
> apart from each other.  Even though they look very similar
> when detonated :-)

...and more importantly, have the same political payload... It's intended
to make people think "let's not screw with them - they might have a working

Why spend the time and energy on transitioning from test rig to deployable
weapon (which is probably more significant than the effort required to get
to test rig status) when you get most of the benefits from step 1?


"Names, once they are in common use, quickly
 become mere sounds, their etymology being
 buried, like so many of the earth's marvels,
 beneath the dust of habit." - Salman Rushdie

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