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Title: Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center for Scientific Culture Seminar on Plenetary Emergencies The Bush-Putin disagreement August 22nd 2007 Richard Wilson Harvard University


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Ettore Majorana Foundation and Center for
Scientific CultureSeminar on Plenetary
EmergenciesThe Bush-Putin disagreement August
22nd 2007Richard Wilson Harvard University
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For many people the Anti-ballistic missle system
started with Ronald ReaganandEdward
TellerStrategic Defense Initiative (SDI)Star
Wars
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Directed energy weapons started with Archimedes
who used dolar energy and a mirror to burn up the
sails of an incoming shipThe Sicilians killed
him
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In 1983 we discussed these matters in
Erice(Velikhov, Teller, Wilson)
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Secretary Yuri Andropovs Peace offensive
stalled.It is time they stopped searching for
the best ways of unleashing nuclear war.
Engaging this is just irresponsible. It is
insaneBut the USSR did! Gorbechev would not
talk while the SDI was proceeding
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February 1987 Velikhovs Conference on a
nuclear-free world, MoscowWiesner (President,
MIT0Sakharovmyself5 minutes eachIt will be
ineffective. Why should the USSR worry if the
USA wastes its money?
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After the meeting Gorbachev changed his mindHe
walked with Reagan in the wooded garden on
Chemin de la Voile, Lake GenevaThe Helsinki
agreements.It was the beginning of the end of
the cold war
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Russian Scientists understood.Yeltsin in 1992-3
informally proposed that Russia and USA study
anti-ballistic missile systems jointly.Rejected
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Dr Lowell Wood, Livermore, associate of Edward
TellerThe SDI proposal was a sucessThe USSR
tried to copyWe slowed the natural gas pipeline
to France They ran out of moneyJanuary 1991
partys in the peripheral republics stopped paying
duesThe cental communist party went bankrupt.
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