posted on Apr, 2 2005 @ 02:53 AM
I've just finished reading the thread, and it's quite interesting. Daedalus, your scenario seems quite plausible, but I don't think China would get
involved in a conflict between India and Pakistan, as it would have the potential to turn into a massively bloody war, and I can't for the life of me
think of anything that China could gain that would outweigh the losses they would have to endure in said conflict.... I mean really, what would they
gain in Nepal other than monestaries and some nice scenery? And at what cost, both militarily and damage to their emerging status as a stable economic
environment that is currently attracting untold billions of dollars in foreign investment with which their economy is growing extremely quickly. And I
don't think that Russia will fight anybody at the moment... but they could make massive amounts of cash just sitting on the sidelines as the go-to
guy for nations involved in the conflict to buy good quality arms, that the Russians can't really afford to maintain anyways.
As far as Canadian technological capabilities are concerned, there really isn't a limit. We have had nuclear technology since the same time the
American's did... in fact we helped develope it. We have quite a large aerospace industry here, although not even close to the size of Boeing, our
major Aerospace company, Bombardier, produces some very good, relatively state of the art aircraft. I know we launch quite a few of our own satellites
and such, but a seperate Canadian Space program is very unlikely, as it requires a huge investment in added infrastructure and beurocracy, of which we
already have too much. However, a larger contribution to NASA is very likely, and we will probably be a major partner in future Mar's expeditions and
such, as the US will undoubtedly want some partners to help share the massive cost burdon said operation would present. Also, Canada has had a massive
military in the past, namely during the world wars... I believe at the end of WW2 we had the 4th largest army, 3rd largest airforce, 3rd largest navy,
etc.... over 700,000 troops... however, our population is even now only 32 million, so we can't support a large military like that on an ongoing
basis. Canada generally doesn't develope our own military tech anymore, as our military has slowly been downgraded to it's current status of I
believe just under 20,000 combat soldiers, 60k or so reserves, about a 35 ship navy, 100 or so f-18 fighters, etc. The cost of developing our own
military tech, such as a new fighter/bomber, would far outweigh the gains from building only 100 of them. Same goes for ships/tanks. Our high tech
sector is based mainly around civilian applications such as Aerospace, robotics, genetic/medical research, and particularily as of late, energy tech
and alternative energy tech (Daimler Chrysler recently bought out Ballard Fuel Systems, the world's leading company in hydrogen fuel cell tech).
Canadians are a peaceful people unless directly threatened, and as such our politicians don't put much cash into military applications, as most
people in the country have no desire for it. Sorry if this reply was a bit off topic, but I just wanted to answer Daedalus' questions about Canada.
On another note, lets hope that largescale war is a thing of the past, as it's gotten to the point now that any largescale war would result in
catastrophe reaching far beyond the battlefield on which it was intended to be thought.... you back any nuclear armed government into a corner where
they are about to lose their sovereignty, they will undoubtedly use their nukes, as the ones in charge of the button are seeing their lives fall apart
around them. And as for India dominating Pakistan in the air, I find it unlikely, as Pakistan scored a bunch of F-16 fighters from the USA last week.
I find it unsettling that any self respecting nations would sell munitions to countries poised on the brink of war, profit from destruction...
especially when neither of said nations are good guys or bad guys... It's like encouraging a couple of kids to fight after school. When will the
world finally realize that there are NO winners in war, only varying degrees of losers.