Friday, February 25, 2005

Prediction Comes True on Ballistic Missile Defense

Yesterday Prime Minister Paul Martin went public with a firm position on missile defense. Despite his belief that it was necessary for Canada to be at the program's decision making table, he changed his position and announced that Canada will not take part.

The complicit left-wing media is already cheering this decision. Last month the media sowed the seeds for this policy change. Back in January, the mainstream media accused George Bush of bullying Canada into joining ballistic missile defense. At the time, this author said the following:

“The psychology of the left wing media in printing this story is obvious. If the liberals say no to missile defense, then Paul Martin comes off as a champion of Canadian sovereignty that stood up to George W. Bush the most powerful man on earth.”

One month later this prediction is ringing true. Television news including CTV have turned the cameras on people to portray anti-American attitudes as being the mainstream thought among Canadians. One person said, “I think it’s a very good move on our government’s part.” Another said, “I think that’s great that they’re standing up for their own, ah, they're not just going along with what the American government wants them to go along with.”

So the logic of missile defense opponants amounts to a childish rebellion of what the left perceives as authority coming from America. In doing so, Canada has outsourced sovereignty of its airspace to that country. Canada will now have absolutely no say on any decision to intercept incoming nuclear missiles.

Today Paul Martin is talking tough. Talking to reporters he said, “This is our airspace, we're a sovereign nation and you don't intrude on a sovereign nation's airspace without seeking permission.”

This comment is nothing more than a cowardly attempt by Paul Martin to sound like he is in control. If the enemies of the west launch a nuclear missile strike on America, those missiles are ALL going through Canadian Airspace! What is Paul Martin going to do if North Korea launches a missile through our airspace? How about China? How about Iran? How are the liberals going to demand that communist countries and rogue states respect the sovereignty of Canadian airspace? The fact is Paul Martin can do nothing to stop them and now Canada will not even have a say in how those missiles are intercepted.

Another thing to consider is the point of intercept where those missiles will be destroyed. By deploying intercept missiles in Canada’s arctic, nuclear weapons en route to America could be shot down in remote regions where radio-active debris has little chance of affecting people. America has no choice now, but to deploy interceptors in Alaska and along the 49th parallel to knock out any incoming missiles. Instead of destroying missiles over the arctic, they will be destroyed over the southern portion of Canada, where virtually all of Canada’s population lives.

Consider also the time it takes an ICBM to travel around the world. The average time it would take for a missile to travel, from launch to impact, is about 40 minutes. You can be sure that long before America thinks to ask for permission it will simple launch an interceptor to defend itself.

The is the sad position we find ourselves in, when a liberal politician follows the polls instead of leading the nation.


At 7:33 a.m., Blogger David Wozney said...

Without missile defence, some alliance of nations, through the use of submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM's), might try to trigger a "mutual assured destruction" nuclear war between North America and another nation.

At 9:26 a.m., Blogger A Hermit said...

"If the enemies of the west launch a nuclear missile strike on America, those missiles are ALL going through Canadian Airspace!"Even the ones form Southern China?!

The whole missile defense idea is pointless. The Russians have already built systems to defeat it before it's even been succesfully tested in real world conditions. It's the 21st Century Maginot Line; it will work fine only if the attacker behaves exactly the way the defender tells him too...

Since implementing the system means abandoning international treaties which have prevented even worse nuclear proliferation we should be oposed to it on principle. That it can't possib;y work in any real


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