Transcript: Mel Hurtig on his book Rushing to Armageddon | Feb 19, 2005

The U of T Book Store logo appears on screen next to a picture of the book "Rushing to Armageddon" by Mel Hurtig. The cover of the book features an image of a satellite orbiting the Earth as it shoots a ray at the planet.

Then, Mel stands behind a wooden lectern and addresses an unseen audience.

Mel is in his late sixties, clean-shaven, with short white hair. He's wearing a black suit, white shirt, and green tie.

He says THE CANADIAN
OXFORD DICTIONARY DEFINES THE
WORD "ARMAGEDDON," QUOTE, A VAST
AND A DEADLY ARMED CONFLICT,
ESPECIALLY ONE CAUSING THE END
OF THE WORLD THROUGH NUCLEAR
DESTRUCTION.
SO YOUR WONDERFUL, BRILLIANT,
NOBEL PRIZE LAUREATE FROM THE
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO, JOHN
POLANYI, SAID RECENTLY, EVERYONE
SHOULD READ MEL HURTIG'S
POWERFUL NEW BOOK ON THE FOLLY
OF MISSILE DEFENCE AND THEN TELL
ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS TO READ IT.
SO WHAT'S THE BOOK ABOUT?
THE MAN WHO, A MAN WHO SUCCEEDED
DOUGLAS ROCHE AS CANADA'S
AMBASSADOR FOR DISARMAMENT AT
THE UNITED NATIONS IS
CHRISTOPHER WESTDAL.
AND CHRISTOPHER WESTDAL IS NOW
THE CANADIAN AMBASSADOR TO
RUSSIA AND HERE, FROM A COUPLE
OF YEARS AGO, ARE CHRIS
WESTDAL'S WORDS, WHICH
ACCURATELY PINPOINT EXACTLY WHAT
MY BOOK IS ABOUT.
QUOTE, I WANT TO DESCRIBE TO YOU
WHAT'S AT STAKE, WHICH IS, NOT
TO PUT TOO FINE A POINT ON IT,
EVERYTHING.
HERE FROM MY BOOK ARE THE WORDS
OF MOHAMED El-BARADEI, WHO IS THE
DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE
INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY
AGENCY IN VIENNA, COMMENTING ON
THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THE GEORGE
BUSH AND DONALD RUMSFELD
MILITARY PLANS, QUOTE, BY THE
WAY, WHAT YOU'RE ABOUT TO HEAR
NOW, YOU'LL NEVER READ IN
THE GLOBE AND MAIL,
YOU'LL NEVER READ IN
THE
NATIONAL POST,
YOU'LL
NEVER READ IN THE
SUN,
ET
CETERA, HERE'S WHAT MOHAMED
El Baradei SAID, QUOTE, NEVER WAS
THE DANGER AS GREAT AS TODAY, AN
ATOMIC WAR DRAWS NEARER.
HERE IS THE UNITED NATIONS
SECRETARY GENERAL KOFI ANNAN,
QUOTE, THE POSSIBILITY OF
NUCLEAR WAR IS NOW A VERY REAL
AND A VERY TERRIFYING
POSSIBILITY.
WELL, MY BOOK IS ABOUT HOW PAUL
MARTIN AND HIS GOVERNMENT HAVE
INTENTIONALLY MISLED CANADIANS
ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST VITALLY
IMPORTANT DECISIONS IN THE 137-
HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Mel Hurtig. Author, 'Rushing to Armaggedon: The shocking truth about Canada, missile defence, and star wars.' U of T Bookstore Reading Series. Old Victoria College Chapel. October 21, 2004."

Mel continues THE CHARGE THAT I
MAKE THAT THE MARTIN GOVERNMENT
HAS NOT BEEN HONEST WITH
CANADIANS I RECOGNISE IS A
STRONG ONE, BUT IT IS BASED ON
ABUNDANT RESEARCH AND
SUBSTANTIAL DOCUMENTATION, ONE
OF THE STRENGTHS OF MY BOOK IS
THE DOCUMENTATION YOU WILL FIND,
YOU'LL FIND APPENDIX NUMBER TWO
IN THERE THAT WILL ALLOW YOU TO
GO TO ALL OF THE DOCUMENTS THAT
I QUOTE FROM, THE 176-PAGE U.S.
AIR FORCE DOCUMENT ABOUT THE
WEAPONISATION OF SPACE, ET
CETERA, ET CETERA, YOU'LL FIND
IT ALL AVAILABLE IN THE BACK OF
THE BOOK.
SO WHAT YOU WILL
ALSO FIND IS CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT
THE UNITED STATES INTENDS TO PUT
WEAPONS INTO SPACE AND THAT THE
AMERICAN MISSILE, QUOTE,
DEFENCE, END OF QUOTE, PLANS ARE
LEADING RIGHT NOW TO A DANGEROUS
NEW ARMS RACE AND LEADING TO
NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION THAT
RATHER THAN HELPING TO PROTECT
CANADA, THE AMERICAN PLANS ARE
GOING TO ENDANGER CANADIANS.
AND WHEN I SAY ENDANGER
CANADIANS, I MEAN YOU AND YOUR
CHILDREN AND YOUR PARENTS AND
YOUR GRANDCHILDREN AND YOUR
FRIENDS AND WHEREVER YOU LIVE,
ET CETERA, ET CETERA, ALL ACROSS
IN THE COUNTRY.
AND IN THE GREATEST IRONY OF
ALL, ALL OF THIS, LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN, IS ALL ABOUT A SO-
CALLED MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEM
THAT DOES NOT WORK, CANNOT WORK
AND WILL NOT WORK AT ANY TIME IN
THE FUTURE.
IN WHAT FOLLOWS, DO UNDERSTAND
THAT THE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS
OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT ARE NOW
IN SILOS, IN BOMBERS, ON MOBILE
RAIL CARS AND ON SHIPS AND ON
SUBMARINES RANGE FROM 30 TO WELL
OVER 300 TIMES THE DESTRUCTIVE
POWER OF THE NAGASAKI AND THE
HIROSHIMA BOMBS.
ULTIMATELY, DESPITE A LOT OF
MALARKEY TO THE CONTRARY, THE
DECISION ABOUT CANADA'S
PARTICIPATION IN THE AMERICAN
PLANS WILL NOT BE MADE IN THE
HOUSE OF COMMONS.
IT WILL BE NOT -- NOT BE MADE IN
THE CAUCUS, IT WILL NOT BE MADE
IN THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE
OR IN DEFENCE COMMITTEES OF THE
COMMONS OR THE SENATE.
THE DECISION WILL BE MADE IN
PAUL MARTIN'S OFFICE.
THE PRIME MINISTER HAS BEEN
UNDER HEAVY AND HE'S BEEN UNDER
SUSTAINED PRESSURE, TWO DAYS
AFTER THE JUNE 28th ELECTION,
THE ARROGANT AMERICAN
AMBASSADOR, PAUL CELLUCCI,
WARNED CANADIANS, QUOTE, THE
CLOCK IS DEFINITELY TICKING IN
WASHINGTON.
WELL, WE SHOULD LET IT TICK.
PAUL MARTIN HAS REPEATEDLY
PROMISED, QUOTE, CANADIANS ARE
ENTITLED TO BE CONSULTED, END OF
QUOTE, AND THAT NO FINAL
DECISION WILL BE MADE BEFORE A
THOROUGH INFORMED NATIONAL
DEBATE.
TO DATE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS
FAILED MISERABLY TO PROVIDE
CANADIANS WITH ENOUGH RELIABLE
INFORMATION TO DENY -- TO ALLOW
SUCH A DEBATE TO TAKE PLACE IN
CANADA.
INSTEAD, FROM OTTAWA HE HAVE HAD
CONSISTENT AND REPEATED DENIAL,
DECEPTION, DUPLICITY AND
OUTRIGHT DECEIT.
EARLIER THIS YEAR I WAS ASKED TO
THANK THE MAYOR OF HIROSHIMA FOR
A SPEECH THAT HE GAVE AND IN MY
BOOK I QUOTE TADOTOSHI AKIBA,
THE MAYOR, AS SAYING THIS, WE
NOW STAND ON THE BRINK OF HYPER-
PROLIFERATION AND PERHAPS THE
THIRD ACTUAL USE OF NUCLEAR
WEAPONS AND THE UNSPEAKABLE
VIOLENCE AND THE UNSPEAKABLE
MISERY THAT WILL SURELY FOLLOW.
QUOTE, WE'RE NOW FORCED TO
CONCLUDE THAT THE UNITED STATES,
THE PRIME MOVER IN ALL THINGS
NUCLEAR, RELENTLESSLY AND
BLATANTLY INTENDS TO MAINTAIN
AND DEVELOP AND EVEN USE THESE
TERRIBLE AND ILLEGAL WEAPONS.
I THANK THE MAYOR FOR HIS
REMARKS AND THEN I SAID THIS,
MAYOR AKIBA, I'M CERTAIN THAT
YOU ARE WELL AWARE OF HOW
EXTRAORDINARILY TIMELY YOUR
VISIT IS.
TIMELY FOR THE WORLD, BECAUSE OF
THE RAPIDLY GROWING THREAT OF
NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION AND
CONFRONTATION THAT YOU HAVE JUST
SPOKEN SO ELOQUENTLY ABOUT, BUT
IN PARTICULAR, TIMELY FOR CANADA
AND FOR ALL CANADIANS, BECAUSE
OUR GOVERNMENT NOW STANDS POISED
TO MAKE A COLOSSAL MISTAKE,
CERTAINLY ONE OF THE MOST
DANGEROUS AND TRAGIC DECISIONS
IN THE ENTIRE HISTORY OF OUR
COUNTRY.
SADLY, INCREDIBLY, MOST OF THE
MEDIA, MOST POLITICIANS IN BOTH
CANADA AND THE UNITED STATES
HAVE DONE AN ABSOLUTELY
APPALLING JOB OF ALERTING THE
PUBLIC TO THE HORRENDOUS DANGERS
OF GEORGE W. BUSH AND DONALD
RUMSFELD'S MISLEADINGLY NAMED
SO-CALLED MISSILE DEFENCE PLANS.
AS EVERY DAY GOES BY, IT'S
INCREASINGLY EVIDENT NOW THAT
THE IMPLICATIONS SO HOTLY DENIED
IN OTTAWA AND HOTLY DENIED IN
WASHINGTON ARE CLEAR, WHAT
WASHINGTON IS PLANNING IS
UNQUESTIONABLY LEADING NOW TO
ACCELERATED NUCLEAR
PROLIFERATION AROUND THE WORLD,
IT'S ALREADY LEADING TO MAJOR
WORLD DESTABILISATION AND IT'S
LEADING TO A SUBSTANTIAL
ESCALATION IN INSECURITY AROUND
THE WORLD.
AND IT'S ALL INTRINSICALLY TIED
TO THE HORRENDOUS PROSPECT OF
THE WEAPONISATION OF SPACE,
INCLUDING LARGE QUANTITIES OF
PRE-EMPTIVE, FIRST STRIKE,
NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN SPACE.
MOST PEOPLE WALK DOWN YONGE
STREET OR WHERE HAVE YOU, WALK
DOWN BLOOR OR WALK DOWN
BARRINGTON IN HALIFAX WHERE I'M
GOING TOMORROW, MOST PEOPLE
SIMPLY DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS.
THEY'RE QUITE UNAWARE OF THE
AWFUL CONSEQUENCES OF WHAT HAS
BEEN HAPPENING AS A RESULT OF
THE AGGRESSIVE, MILITARISTIC
UNILATERALISM OF THE BUSH WHITE
HOUSE AND THE DONALD RUMSFELD
PENTAGON.
THE MAIN THEME IN
RUSHING TO ARMAGEDDON IS
THE AMERICAN INTENTION TO
DEVELOP A FIRST STRIKE
WEAPONISATION OF SPACE CAPACITY
INTENDED TO, NOW I'M QUOTING NOW
FROM OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS WHICH
YOU WILL FIND IN THE BOOK, TO,
QUOTE, FIGHT FUTURE WARS FROM
AND THROUGH SPACE, END OF QUOTE.
TO, QUOTE, DOMINATE SPACE, END
OF QUOTE, AND, QUOTE, DENY
OTHERS THE USE OF SPACE, END OF QUOTE.
PUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN POWERFUL SPACE TO
GROUND SO-CALLED TUNGSTEN RODS
OF GOD AND LASERS INTO SPACE.
THE RESULT IS THAT TODAY THE
VERY BADLY FRIGHTENED RUSSIANS
AND CHINESE MILITARIES ARE
RESPONDING WITH THEIR OWN
MASSIVE NEW NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND
MISSILE BUILD-UPS IN A TERRIBLY
DANGEROUS, ESCALATING NEW ARMS
RACE WITH THE INCREASING
POSSIBILITY OF A DISASTROUS,
APOCALYPTIC, NUCLEAR WAR.
THE APOLLO 14 ASTRONAUT DR.
EDGAR MITCHELL RECENTLY SAID, IF
WE HAVE A WAR IN SPACE, IT WILL
BE THE ONE AND ONLY, THERE WILL
NEVER BE A SECOND WAR IN SPACE.
AND NOAM CHOMSKY RECENTLY SAID,
QUOTE, THE WEAPONISATION OF
SPACE IS A THREAT TO OUR VERY
SURVIVAL, MAYBE THE END OF THE
HUMAN SPECIES.
SO JUST AS GEORGE BUSH AND
DONALD RUMSFELD AND CONDOLEEZZA
RICE AND COLIN POWELL AND PAUL
WOLFOWITZ AND THAT WHOLE CREW
INTENTIONALLY MISLED AMERICANS
AND THE WORLD ABOUT IRAQ, WE NOW
HAVE A SITUATION WHERE OUR
FORMER FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER
AND DEFENCE MINISTER BILL GRAHAM
AND FORMER DEFENCE MINISTER
DAVID PRATT HAVE BEEN MISLEADING
CANADIANS ABOUT THE AMERICAN
PLANS AND ARE NOW ON THE VERGE
OF FORMALLY BECOMING PART OF IT,
IN COMPLETE VIOLATION OF
EVERYTHING THAT OUR COUNTRY HAS
STOOD FOR FOR OVER HALF A
CENTURY.
THE SECOND CHAPTER IN MY BOOK IS
TITLED "HISTORY'S WORST
NIGHTMARE."
DOUGLAS MATTERN IS A RENOWNED
PEACE ACTIVIST FROM SAN
FRANCISCO AND MATTERN RECENTLY
WROTE, TODAY BOTH RUSSIA AND THE
UNITED STATES HAVE THOUSANDS OF
NUCLEAR WARHEADS ON HAIR-TRIGGER
ALERT, READY TO LAUNCH WITHIN A
FEW MINUTES' NOTICE.
THE CENTER FOR DEFENSE
INFORMATION IN WASHINGTON, D.C.,
WHICH IS AN ORGANISATION THAT I
WORKED WITH EXTENSIVELY
PREPARING MY BOOK, REPORTS THAT,
QUOTE, IF LAUNCHED TODAY, WITHIN
MINUTES, THE TWO SIDES WOULD BE
FIRING AT EACH OTHER UP TO 4,000
HIGH-YIELD NUCLEAR WARHEADS, THE
EXPLOSIVE EQUIVALENT OF ALMOST
100,000 HIROSHIMA BOMBS.
CONSIDER ALL THIS IN THE CONTEXT
OF McGEORGE BUNDY'S WORDS,
QUOTE, IN THE REAL WORLD, EVEN
ONE HYDROGEN BOMB DROPPED ON ONE
CITY WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC.
TEN BOMBS ON TEN CITIES WOULD BE
A DISASTER BEYOND HISTORY AND
THOUSANDS OF BOMBS?
DOUG MATTERN CONTINUES, UTTER
MADNESS.
AND YET IN RESPONSE TO PRESIDENT
BUSH'S INTENTIONS TO BUILD THIS
SO-CALLED ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM,
THE RUSSIANS SENT A MESSAGE BY
SUCCESSFULLY TEST FIRING THEIR
STILETTO ICBM THAT CAN CARRY SIX
WARHEADS, EACH ONE OF THE
WARHEADS WITH 50 TO 100 TIMES
THE POWER OF THE HIROSHIMA BOMB.
AND SO WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IN A
FULL-SCALE NUCLEAR WAR, WHERE
THOUSANDS OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS
WERE TARGETED AT THE DEVELOPED
WORLD'S CITIES?
IT'S NOT DIFFICULT TO CALCULATE
THAT MOST OF THE WORLD'S
POPULATION AND ITS INDUSTRIAL
CAPACITY AND MOST PERSONAL,
CORPORATE AND CULTURAL ASSETS OF
OUR CIVILISATION WOULD BE
OBLITERATED IN CITIES AROUND THE
WORLD, WHILE CROP FAILURE,
DISEASE AND RADIATION WOULD
DECIMATE THE REST OF THE GLOBE,
NOR IS IT DIFFICULT TO FORESEE
THAT THE MANY HUNDREDS OF
MILLIONS OF INJURED MEN, WOMEN
AND CHILDREN WOULD SUFFER
AGONISING PAIN AND DEATH WITHOUT
ANY MEDICAL HELP AND MUCH OF THE
WORLD WOULD BE UNINHABITABLE, A
LIVING HELL OF MASSIVE
DESTRUCTION AND ENVELOPING
RADIATION FOR GENERATIONS.
THERE'S A SCENE IN MY BOOK FROM
WRITTEN BY A MAN WHO WORKED
ON THE APOLLO PROJECT ABOUT WHAT
WOULD HAPPEN TO WASHINGTON AND
BOSTON AND NEW YORK IN A NUCLEAR
WAR, IT'S ONE OF THE MOST
FRIGHTENING THINGS THAT I HAVE
EVER READ MYSELF.
NOW HERE'S BILL GRAHAM AGAIN,
YOUR MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, FROM
EARLIER THIS YEAR, QUOTE, THIS
ISSUE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH
GOING INTO SPACE.
THE PRESENT PLAN HAS NOTHING TO
DO WITH THE WEAPONISATION OF
SPACE.
WELL, ON THE FACE OF ALL OF THE
ENORMOUS AMOUNTS OF OFFICIAL AND
SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE TO THE
CONTRARY, ONE CAN ONLY REGARD
SUCH COMMENTS WITH THE MOST
UTTER DISMAY.
THERE ARE ONLY A FEW
POSSIBILITIES.
EITHER BILL GRAHAM IS
INCOMPETENT AND WELL OVER HIS
HEAD IN THE DEFENCE AND FOREIGN
AFFAIRS PORTFOLIOS, OR HE HAS
BEEN VERY POORLY BRIEFED BY HIS
OFFICIALS OR HE HAS BEEN
INTENTIONALLY MISLEADING
CANADIANS AND LADIES AND
GENTLEMEN, I DO NOT BELIEVE THE
FIRST TWO EXPLANATIONS.
IN JANUARY, AFTER A GEORGE W.
BUSH PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT
POSSIBILITY OF THE UNITED STATES
TRYING TO EVENTUALLY GO TO MARS,
DR. LAURA GREGO OF THE UNION OF
CONCERNED SCIENTISTS IN THE
UNITED STATES AND THAT'S ANOTHER
ORGANISATION THAT I HAD THE
GREAT PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH
FOR ALMOST TEN MONTHS WHILE
WORKING ON THIS BOOK.
DR. GREGO SAID THIS, THE U.S.
ADMINISTRATION IS PLANNING A
FIRST THAT HAS NOT BEEN
ANNOUNCED WITH A PRESS
CONFERENCE, THE FIRST STATIONING
OF WEAPONS IN SPACE.
THE FIRST PROTOTYPE WEAPON IS
SCHEDULED TO BE IN ORBIT BY 2007.
THESE PLANS ARE OPPOSED BY
ESSENTIALLY THE ENTIRE
INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, WHICH
RIGHTLY BELIEVES THAT GOING DOWN
THIS PATH WILL MAKE THE WORLD
MUCH LESS SECURE, NOT MORE.
EVEN BRIAN MULRONEY AND THOSE OF YOU WHO
KNOW ME KNOW I WAS NOT EXACTLY A
FAN OF BRIAN, DURING THE COLD
WAR UNDERSTOOD THE TERRIBLE
DANGERS OF RONALD REAGAN'S STAR
WARS PLANS.
IN A GLOBE AND MAIL
PAGE OPPOSITE PIECE,
BRIAN MULRONEY WROTE, THE REAGAN
ADMINISTRATION ARDENTLY SOUGHT
OUR SUPPORT AND COUNTED ON OUR
CANADIAN PARTICIPATION.
AFTER A SPECIAL CABINET AND
CAUCUS MEETING, THOUGH, I CALLED
PRESIDENT REAGAN AT CAMP DAVID
AND I TOLD HIM THAT MY
GOVERNMENT HAD DECIDED THAT
PARTICIPATION WAS NOT IN
CANADA'S NATIONAL INTERESTS.
NOW LET'S HEAR FROM ANOTHER ONE
OF YOUR TORONTO M.P.s, LIBERAL
JOHN McCALLUM, THE EX-ROYAL BANK
ECONOMIST, WHO SOMEHOW SEEMED TO
BE UNABLE TO DISTINGUISH VIMY
FROM VICHY, FOR McCALLUM, QUOTE,
WE SHOULD GET IN THERE EARLY, I
HOPE THAT NOT TOO MANY MEETINGS
ARE GOING TO BE NECESSARY.
IN JANUARY 2003, McCALLUM MET
WITH THE AMERICAN DEFENSE
SECRETARY, DONALD RUMSFELD, IN
WASHINGTON AND ACCORDING TO
TIME
MAGAZINE, QUOTE,
TIME
HAS LEARNED THAT
DURING THE SESSION, CANADA
EFFECTIVELY DROPPED ITS
OPPOSITION TO STAR WARS TYPE
DEFENCE AGAINST BALLISTIC
MISSILES.
AND MORE RECENTLY, IN ONE OF THE
MOST -- I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WE'VE
GOT REALLY GOOD PEOPLE IN
OTTAWA, THERE'S LOTS OF REALLY
GOOD MEN AND WOMEN, MEMBERS OF
PARLIAMENT, WHO WORK HARD AND
WHO PAY ATTENTION AND DO
RESEARCH.
AND ON THE OTHER HAND, WE ALL
KNOW THAT OVER THE YEARS WE'VE
HEARD SOME OF THE DUMBEST, MOST
STUPID THINGS EVER COMING
STRAIGHT FROM OTTAWA.
HERE'S BILL GRAHAM JUST THE
OTHER DAY.
WE SHOULD REALLY BE
ACCOMMODATING TO THE AMERICANS
AND WORK WITH THEM AS CLOSELY AS
WE POSSIBLY CAN.
QUOTE, WE SHOULD BE ASSOCIATED
WITH THE AMERICANS WHEN THEY
CHOOSE TO DO SOMETHING.

(Audience murmuring)

Mel says WERE WE
ACCOMMODATING TO THE AMERICANS
IN VIETNAM?

(Audience murmuring)

Mel says WERE WE
ACCOMMODATING TO THE AMERICANS
IN IRAQ?

(Audience murmuring)

Mel says DURING THE FIRST
AND SECOND WORLD WAR, FOR FIVE
YEARS, WHEN THE AMERICANS SAT
BACK, WHILE WE LOST TENS OF
THOUSANDS OF YOUNG CANADIANS IN
THE FIGHT AGAINST GERMANY AND
THE NAZIS, WERE THE AMERICANS
ACCOMMODATING TO US?
THE DUMBEST WAY TO SAY WE'RE
GOING TO HAVE A FOREIGN POLICY
IS TO BE ACCOMMODATING TO
PEOPLE.
YOU BASE A FOREIGN AND DEFENCE
POLICY ON THE BEST INTERESTS OF
YOUR COUNTRY AND THE BEST
INTERESTS OF YOUR PEOPLE, THE
PEOPLE WHO ELECTED YOU.
SO WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS SAY
ABOUT OUR FEDERAL POLITICAL
LEADERS, ABOUT OUR PRIME
MINISTER, OUR MINISTER OF
FOREIGN AFFAIRS, OUR DEFENCE
MINISTERS AND ALMOST ALL OF THE
LIBERAL CAUCUS AND ALL OF THE
CABINET AND PLUS THE
CONSERVATIVE PARTY AND VIRTUALLY
ALL OF STEVEN HARPER'S CAUCUS,
WHO ARE ALL IN FAVOUR OF
DRAMATICALLY REVERSING LONG --
AND THEY'RE POISED TO DO THIS
RIGHT NOW, ARE ALL IN FAVOUR OF
DRAMATICALLY REVERSING LONG-
STANDING, WIDELY RESPECTED
CANADIAN POLICIES BY RUSHING TO
CLIMB ON BOARD THE AMERICAN STAR
WARS PLAN, WHILE BLATANTLY
IGNORING OR DENYING THE
INEVITABLY DANGEROUS
CONSEQUENCES?
AND YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE THINGS
I SHOW IN THE BOOK IS THAT
DESPITE ALL THE NONSENSE FROM
MARTIN AND GRAHAM AND PRATT AND
McCALLUM AND PETTIGREW AND THE
REST OF THEM, WE'VE HAD SOMEBODY
DOWN THERE IN THE U.S. FOR FOUR
YEARS, SITTING IN ON ALL OF THIS
DISCUSSIONS, OUR GOVERNMENT
KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT IS BEING
PLANNED WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A
DOUBT AND YET THEY'VE DENIED
THAT, WELL OF COURSE, THEY
DENIED IT FOR A VERY GOOD
REASON, THEY DIDN'T WANT IT TO
BECOME PART OF THE JUNE 28th
FEDERAL ELECTION AND RIGHT NOW
THEY'RE DENYING IT, SAYING,
WELL, THERE'S MORE NEGOTIATIONS
GOING ON AND BUT OF COURSE
THEY'RE DOING THAT BECAUSE
THEY'RE WAITING FOR THE U.S.
ELECTION TO TAKE PLACE, BUT
SINCE THE DETAILED DISCUSSIONS
WITH AMERICAN OFFICIALS HAVE
BEEN GOING ON NOW FOR FOUR
YEARS, WHY HAVE CANADIANS BEEN
TOLD SO LITTLE?
HAS THE MARTIN GOVERNMENT POLICY
BEEN TO DELIBERATELY KEEP
CANADIANS IN THE DARK?
IT CERTAINLY SEEMS THAT WAY.
OBVIOUSLY THE REPEATED
MISLEADING GOVERNMENT CLAIMS
THAT IT HAS NOT YET MADE UP ITS
MIND WERE DIRECTLY TIED TO PAUL
MARTIN'S DESIRE TO ENSURE THAT
THE AMERICAN STAR WARS PLANS DID
NOT BECOME A MAJOR ELECTION
ISSUE.
SO WALK OUT ON BLOOR OR YONGE OR
WHERE HAVE YOU AND ASK PEOPLE,
HAVE ANY OF THEM EVER HEARD
MARTIN OR STEVEN HARPER EXPLAIN
THE RAMIFICATIONS OF THE
WEAPONISATION OF SPACE, THE
RAMIFICATIONS OF THE, OF THE
DANGERS OF NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION
AND RENEWED NUCLEAR TESTING,
WHICH THE AMERICANS INTEND TO
DO, BY THE WAY?
ISN'T THAT WONDERFUL, THEY --
WAED AWAY FROM THE ANTI-
BALLISTIC MISSILE TREATY, WHICH
WAS THE ABSOLUTE BASIC
FOUNDATION AND CORNERSTONE OF
PEACE IN THE WORLD FOR 30 YEARS
AND IT'S THE REASON WE STOPPED
TALKING ABOUT BUILDING ATOMIC
SHELTERS AND ALL THAT SORT OF
THING AND BEGAN -- AND STOPPED
WORRYING ABOUT IT, SO THE
AMERICANS HAVE WALKED AWAY FROM
THE A.B.M. TREATY AND NOW
THEY'RE PLANNING TO START
NUCLEAR TESTING AGAIN.
ISN'T THAT WONDERFUL?
WHO ELSE WILL START NUCLEAR
TESTING?
WELL, ISRAEL WILL FOR SURE.
SOUTH AFRICA WILL FOR SURE,
BRAZIL WILL FOR SURE, PROBABLY
SYRIA, PROBABLY INDIA AND
PAKISTAN AND ET CETERA, ET
CETERA, ET CETERA.
SO AS JOHN GOTTFRIED ASKED,
JOHN, HOW COULD WE POSSIBLY GO
ALONG?
WELL, FOR AT LEAST TWO YEARS
NOW, PAUL MARTIN HAS MADE IT
VERY CLEAR THAT HE WANTED CANADA
TO MOVE CLOSER TO THE UNITED
STATES, EVEN MORE INTEGRATION,
MORE HARMONISATION WITH AMERICAN
POLICIES, MORE SHARED POLICIES,
INCLUDING MILITARY AND DEFENCE
POLICIES, IN OTHER WORDS, MOST
OF THE THINGS THAT BRIAN
MULRONEY AND STEVEN HARPER HAVE
ALSO WANTED AND THEN THERE'S THE
QUESTION OF IRAQ.
EARLIER THIS YEAR, IN A NEW
BOOK, I WROTE AS FOLLOWS.
THE CHRETIEN GOVERNMENT'S
DECISION NOT TO JOIN THE
AMERICAN INVASION OF IRAQ
SURPRISED AND PLEASED MOST
CANADIANS.
SINCE THE INVASION, PUBLIC
OPINION POLLS HAVE CONSISTENTLY
SHOWN THAT THE OVERWHELMING
MAJORITY OF CANADIANS, 79 percent IN
THE LAST POLL, SUPPORTED THE
GOVERNMENT'S OPINION, UH,
DECISION AND IN RECENT MONTHS,
THAT SUPPORT HAS BEEN GROWING
EVEN STRONGER.
YET WHATEVER PRIDE THAT WE CAN
TAKE IN RELATION TO OUR
PRINCIPAL DECISION RE IRAQ, OUR
GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO QUICKLY
TRAMPLE IN THEIR RUSH TO JOIN
GEORGE BUSH'S NATIONAL MISSILE
DEFENCE PLAN AND FURTHER
INTEGRATE OUR CANADIAN MILITARY
WITH THE AMERICAN MILITARY.
THE NEXT CHAPTER IS ONE OF THE
MOST IMPORTANT IN THE BOOK, IT'S
CALLED "A PANDEMIC OF
INSECURITY," WORDS TAKEN FROM A
SPEECH BY YOUR JOHN POLANYI.
FROM BILL GRAHAM IN THE HOUSE OF
COMMONS WE LEARN THAT, QUOTE, I
HAVE BEEN VERY PROUD TO STAND
WITH MY COLLEAGUE COLIN POWELL
AT INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS AND
SAY THAT CANADA IS WITH THE
UNITED STATES IN TRYING TO
ENSURE THAT NON-PROLIFERATION
TAKES PLACE.
CANADA IS WITH THE UNITED STATES AS WE GO, AS
WE GO OUT INTO THE WORLD TO MAKE
THE WORLD A SAFER PLACE.
IN SHARP CONTRAST, HERE'S
MICHAEL COSTELLO, A FORMER
SECRETARY OF THE AUSTRALIAN
DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
IF THE UNITED STATES GOES DOWN
THIS PATH, THE ONLY REASONABLE
RESPONSE FROM CHINA WILL BE TO
INCREASE THE NUMBER OF
INTERCONTINENTAL BALLISTIC
MISSILES AND NUCLEAR WARHEADS BY
A FACTOR OF TEN, THAT IS,
INSTEAD OF 200 WARHEADS, IT WILL
HAVE 2,000.
CHINA WILL BUILD UP ITS SUBMARINE LAUNCH
BALLISTIC MISSILE CAPABILITY AND
IT WILL DEVELOP AN ANTI-
SATELLITE PROGRAM TO TARGET
AMERICAN SATELLITES.
IN TURN, INDIA'S ONLY REASONABLE
RESPONSE TO A CHINESE BUILD-UP
WOULD BE TO VASTLY EXPAND ITS
OWN NUCLEAR ARSENAL AND THEN, OF
COURSE, PAKISTAN WILL SEE ITSELF
AS HAVING NO CHOICE BUT TO
FOLLOW SUIT.
HOW HAVE THE RUSSIANS REACTED TO
AMERICAN PLANS?
I REVEAL IN MY BOOK FOR THE
FIRST TIME THE FACT THAT RUSSIAN
LEADERS MADE IT CLEAR TO BOTH
JEAN CHRETIEN AND PAUL MARTIN
THAT THEY ARE APPALLED BY THE
AMERICAN PLANS AND THAT THEY
FERVENTLY HOPE THAT CANADA WOULD
TELL THE AMERICANS AND THE REST
OF THE WORLD THAT WE CANADIANS
WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN RESPONSE
TO SUGGESTIONS IN THE PRIME
MINISTER'S OFFICE THAT CANADA
WILL JOIN IN AS LONG AS THE
SYSTEM REMAINS AIR-BASED AND
SEA-BASED AND WILL WITHDRAW IF
THE AMERICANS PROCEED WITH THE
WEAPONISATION OF SPACE, THE
WORD, QUOTE, PREPOSTEROUS, END
OF QUOTE, WAS EMPLOYED SEVERAL
TIMES.
QUOTE, IF YOU THINK FOR A MOMENT
THAT HAVING SIGNED ON, THE
AMERICANS WILL LET YOU WITHDRAW?
TO SAY DOWN THE ROAD THAT YOU
DIDN'T REALLY KNOW THAT THEY
WERE PLANNING WEAPONS IN SPACE
WILL BE BEYOND ALL CREDIBILITY.
NOW FROM
THE LOS ANGELES
TIMES,
QUOTE, U.S.
INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY THAT
RUSSIA AND CHINA WOULD INCREASE
PROLIFERATION AND LISTEN TO THIS
WONDERFUL BIT OF GOOD NEWS,
INCLING SELLING NUCLEAR
MATERIALS FOR SURE TO SUCH
NATIONS AS NORTH KOREA AND IRAN.
MEANWHILE, THE U.S. DEFENCE
BUDGET FOR THIS YEAR IS AN
UNPRECEDENTED 447 BILLION dollars, MORE
THAN THE NEXT 25 COUNTRIES PUT
TOGETHER, MORE THAN CHINA, MORE
THAN RUSSIA, MORE THAN BRITAIN,
MORE THAN GERMANY AND THE NEXT
21 COUNTRIES PUT TOGETHER.
THE CURRENT AMERICAN BUDGET FOR
NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN REAL TERMS IS
ALMOST 40 percent MORE THAN IN ANY OF
THE WORST COLD WAR YEARS.
IN RESPONSE, WHAT IS RUSSIA
DOING NOW AS A RESULT?
THEY'RE NOW DEVELOPING NEW, MORE
DEADLY GENERATION OF MISSILES,
LAND-BASED AND SEA-BASED AND
MANY MORE SEA-BASED -- SEA-
LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILES THAT
THE NUCLEAR, THAT THE MISSILE
DEFENCE SYSTEM IS COMPLETELY
POWERLESS TO COUNTER AND YOU
SHOULD UNDERSTAND THAT, THAT
CRUISE MISSILES SAY FROM 100
MILES OR 200 KILOMETRES OR
WHATEVER OFF THE COAST, THERE'S
NOTHING THAT THE SO-CALLED
MISSILE DEFENCE SYSTEM COULD
EVER DO ABOUT THEM.
HERE'S THE FIRST DEPUTY CHIEF OF
THE RUSSIAN ARMED FORCES, QUOTE,
WE'RE WITNESSING THAT NUCLEAR
WEAPONS, WHICH HAVE LONG SERVED
AS A DETERRENT AND AN EFFECTIVE
DETERRENT ARE NOW BEING
TRANSFORMED BY THE AMERICANS
INTO A BATTLEFIELD INSTRUMENT
AND WE ARE ASKING WHY?
THERE IS NO WARSAW PACT AND
RUSSIAN POLICIES TODAY ARE VERY,
VERY DIFFERENT FROM COLD WAR
POLICIES.
ANOTHER SENIOR RUSSIAN OFFICIAL
SAID IT'S ALL, QUOTE, HIGHLY
DESTABILISING, IT'S VERY SCARY,
EXTREMELY SCARY.
THE ECONOMIST
MAGAZINE,
WHICH IS A EXCELLENT MAGAZINE,
THEY'RE USUALLY VERY, VERY PRO-
AMERICAN, PUT IT THIS WAY.
MORE AND MORE THE AMERICAN
NUCLEAR WEAPONS ARE BEING
CONSIDERED A PART OF THEIR
NUCLEAR ARSENAL.
IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE FOR
THE COUNTRY WITH EASILY THE MOST
POWERFUL MILITARY IN THE WORLD
TO PROVIDE POTENTIAL ENEMIES
WITH EXCUSES TO DEVELOP AND USE
NUCLEAR ARMS AS A RESPONSE.
BUT HOW DO YOU TELL OTHERS TO
ABIDE BY THE NON-PROLIFERATION
TREATY IF YOU ON, IF YOU GO ON
BUILDING NEWER AND MORE BOMBS?
WHICH THE AMERICANS ARE PLANNING
TO DO WITH THEIR BUNKER BUSTERS
AND OTHER NEW BOMBS.
SO WAS THERE ANYONE ANYWHERE
EXCEPT MAYBE MR. GRAHAM AND PAUL
MARTIN AND STEVEN HARPER AND
FRIENDS WHO REALLY DOUBTED FOR A
SINGLE MOMENT FOR THAT GEORGE W.
BUSH AND DONALD RUMSFELD WOULD
PRECIPITATE A MASSIVE NEW ARMS
RACE?
THE AMERICAN JOURNALIST
ALEXANDER ZAITCHIK, WHO WRITES
ABOUT THIS TOPIC FREQUENTLY PUT
IT THIS WAY.
ACCORDING TO THOSE ANALYSTS WHO
NEVER TOOK THEIR EYES OFF THE
NUCLEAR THREAT, THE THREAT --
THE DANGERS OF A MISSILE
EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE UNITED
STATES AND RUSSIA ARE ACTUALLY
GREATER TODAY THAN DURING THE
WORST PERIODS OF THE COLD WAR.
THE DECLARATION
OF THE AMERICAN INTENT TO,
QUOTE, OWN, END OF QUOTE, AND
WEAPONISE SPACE, THE PROPOSED
BUILDING OF THE MISSILE DEFENCE
SYSTEM AND OTHER HIGH-TECH
WEAPONS THAT THREATEN THE
EFFECTIVENESS OF RUSSIA'S
NUCLEAR DETERRENT HAS SHARPENED
TENSIONS WITH RUSSIA AND
INCREASED THE RISK OF NUCLEAR
WAR.
THE WASHINGTON-BASED UNION OF
CONCERNED SCIENTISTS THAT I
REFERRED TO EARLIER SAYS THIS.
THE U.S. ADMINISTRATION'S FOREIGN AND
DEFENCE POLICIES CONVEY A CLEAR
MESSAGE TO PRESENT AND FUTURE
ADVERSARIES OF THE UNITED
STATES, SPARE NO EFFORT TO
ACQUIRE NUCLEAR WEAPONS.
THE ADMINISTRATION SHOULD NOT
HAVE BEEN SURPRISED THAT NORTH
KOREA HAS HEARD THIS MESSAGE.
NEXT CHAPTER IS CALLED "THE
SHIELD OF DREAMS: WHY THE
AMERICAN NATIONAL MISSILE
DEFENCE WON'T WORK," NOT TIME
TONIGHT TO DO JUSTICE TO
ANYTHING MORE THAN A FEW BRIEF
QUOTES, I'LL START WITH AGAIN
THE UNION OF CONCERNED
SCIENTISTS, WHICH, BY THE WAY,
HAS A TON OF NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS
AS PART OF THEIR ORGANISATION IN
WASHINGTON, D.C., QUOTE, LISTEN
CAREFULLY TO THESE WORDS NOW,
BECAUSE THEY'RE ABSOLUTELY
FUNDAMENTAL TO WHAT IT IS WE'RE
TALKING ABOUT.
EVEN THE FULL NATIONAL MISSILE
DEFENCE SYSTEM WOULD NOT BE
EFFECTIVE AGAINST AN ATTACKER
USING COUNTERMEASURES.
THE SYSTEM THAT THE BUSH
ADMINISTRATION PLANS TO DEPLOY
BY 2004 WILL HAVE ESSENTIALLY NO
DEFENCE CAPABILITY.
NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY IS --
I'M STILL QUOTING FROM THEM --
NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY IS
POURED INTO THE SYSTEM, IT WILL
NEVER WORK.
AND EVEN IF THE TECHNOLOGY
WORKED PERFECTLY, THE SYSTEMS
ARE VULNERABLE TO
COUNTERMEASURES THAT ARE MUCH
EASIER TO BUILD, DECOYS AND
MYLAR BALLOONS, CHAFF THAT'S
SPRINKLED OUT INTO SPACE,
MANOEUVRABLE MISSILES, ET
CETERA.
THREE RESPECTED AMERICAN EXPERTS
RECENTLY WROTE AS FOLLOWS, AND I
IDENTIFY THEM, THERE, THERE ARE
BIOGRAPHIES OF ALL THESE PEOPLE,
BY THE WAY, IN THE FRONT OF THE
BOOK SO YOU'LL BE ABLE TO TELL A
LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT WHO THEY
ARE AND WHAT THEIR CAPABILITIES
AND QUALIFICATIONS ARE.
SO THESE THREE GENTLEMEN IN A
NEW BOOK SAY, WHEN ANALYSED
CAREFULLY, IT WILL BE SEEN THAT
NONE OF THE APPROACHES TO
MISSILE DEFENCE BEING CONSIDERED
WORKS OR IS LIKELY TO WORK IN
THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE AND THAT
DEPLOYMENT WILL LEAD TO A NEW
ARMS RACE AND WILL LIKELY TEAR
UP THE FABRIC OF ARMS CONTROL
AGREEMENTS, WHICH HAVE IMPROVED
GLOBAL SECURITY FOR OVER 30
YEARS.
LAST DECEMBER THE RESPECTED
WASHINGTON D.C. CENTER FOR ARMS
CONTROL AND NON-PROLIFERATION
SAID THAT A THOROUGH ANALYSIS OF
THE U.S. PLANS, QUOTE, FAILS ON
PRACTICALLY ALL COUNTS.
AND THEN THEY GO ON TO SAY, FOR
EXAMPLE, YOU KNOW WHAT, WHAT
EXCUSE IS BUSH USING TO BUILD
THIS SYSTEM?
WELL, THE DANGERS OF A ROGUE
ATTACK FROM -- OF A MISSILE FROM
NORTH KOREA.
WELL, AS SOMEBODY IN GREAT
BRITAIN RECENTLY SAID IN THE
HOUSE OF COMMONS, THAT IS THE
MOST RIDICULOUS SUGG -- FIRST OF
ALL, THE NORTH KOREANS HAVE NOT
TESTED A LONG RANGE MISSILE NOW
FOR SIX YEARS.
SECONDLY, THE IDEA THAT THEY
WOULD STRIKE GUAM OR THE KODIAK
ISLANDS IN ALASKA OR EVEN SAN
FRANCISCO WITH ONE OF THEIR
MISSILES IS ABSURD.
THE AMERICANS HAVE SATELLITES UP
THERE, A MISSILE CARRIES A
RETURN ADDRESS AND NORTH KOREA
WOULD BE SENT BACK INTO THE
STONE AGE WITHIN 15 MINUTES IN
RETALIATION.
I WAS JUST IN OTTAWA WITH A
BRILLIANT AMERICAN SCIENTIST,
TED POSTAL, WE HAD A PRESS
CONFERENCE ON THE HILL, TED
POSTAL IS FROM M.I.T. AND TED
SAID, THIS, THIS WHOLE THING IS,
QUOTE, A FRAUD, A FRAUD.
QUOTE, IT WILL NEVER BE CAPABLE
OF PROTECTING NORTH AMERICA.
QUOTE, IT'S ONE OF THE BIGGEST
ENGINEERING JOKES IN THE HISTORY
OF MANKIND.
QUOTE, IT'S A FARCE.
QUOTE, IT WILL NEVER WORK.
QUOTE, IT'S A FICTION.
QUOTE, THERE ARE NO PROSPECTS
FOR ANY CAPABILITY WHATSOEVER.
NEXT CHAPTER IS ONE OF THE MOST
IMPORTANT IN THE BOOK, IT'S
CALLED "A NUCLEAR ARSENAL IN
SPACE: APPROVING WHAT WE HAVE
ALWAYS OPPOSED."
HERE'S BILL GRAHAM YET ONCE
AGAIN, QUOTE, SPACE-BASED
WEAPONS ARE IMMORAL, ILLEGAL AND
A BAD MISTAKE.
NOW LET'S GO BACK TO DONALD
RUMSFELD, THE DEVELOPED WORLD'S
MOST AGGRESSIVE WARLORD, PRIOR
TO BECOMING U.S. SECRETARY OF
DEFENSE, RUMSFELD WAS THE
CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED STATES
COMMISSION TO ASSESS NATIONAL
SECURITY AND THE COMMISSION
RECOMMENDED THAT BY DEPLOYING
SURVEILLANCE AND WEAPONS, THE
UNITED STATES WOULD BE ABLE TO,
QUOTE, CONTROL SPACE, END OF
QUOTE.
AND, QUOTE, DOMINATE THE WORLD,
END OF QUOTE.
SUBSEQUENTLY, THE UNITED STATES
AIR FORCE HAS PRODUCED A
DETAILED PLAN TO, QUOTE, AND
YOU'LL FIND ALL THE SOURCES FOR
THIS STUFF WHERE YOU CAN LOOK IT
UP YOURSELF IN, IN THE WEB, TO,
QUOTE, THE U.S. AIR FORCE HAS A
DETAILED PLAN TO, QUOTE, FIGHT
FROM AND IN SPACE, QUOTE, TO
PROVIDE OUR VISION OF
CONTROLLING AND FURTHER
EXPLOITING SPACE, QUOTE, TO
DOMINATE THE GLOBE, THE UNITED
STATES MUST BE ABLE TO DOMINATE
OUTER SPACE.
WELL, IT'S TOO BAD THAT BILL
GRAHAM AND PIERRE PETTIGREW AND
STEVEN HARPER AND THE REST OF
THEM HAVE SOMEHOW BEEN UNABLE TO
FIND THE TIME TO READ THE
PENTAGON DOCUMENT WHICH IS
CALLED, QUOTE, REBUILDING
AMERICA'S DEFENSE.
IT SAYS IT VERY CLEARLY.
UNRESTRICTED USE OF SPACE HAS
BECOME A MAJOR STRATEGIC
INTEREST OF THE UNITED STATES,
WE MUST HAVE FREEDOM TO OPERATE
WITHIN SPACE AND AN ABILITY TO
DENY OTHERS THE USE OF SPACE.
HEY, WHAT DO YOU
THINK THE RUSSIANS AND THE
CHINESE THINK WHEN THEY HEAR
THAT SORT OF THING?
THAT THE AMERICANS ARE GONNA
DENY OTHERS THE USE OF SPACE AND
THAT THEY WANNA DOMINATE SPACE?
WHAT DO YOU THINK THEIR REACTION IS?
WELL, IT CAN'T BE MUCH CLEARER
THAN WHAT YOU HAVE JUST HEARD, CAN IT?
HERE'S THE AMERICAN GENERAL
LANCE LORD, AIR FORCE GENERAL,
QUOTE, AIR FORCE SPACE COMMAND
HAS THE VISION AND THE PEOPLE TO
GLOBALLY APPLY FORCE IN, FROM
AND THROUGH SPACE TO GIVE THE
UNITED STATES MILITARY THE
CAPABILITY TO DELIVER ATTACKS
ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD,
INSTANTANEOUSLY, ACROSS THE FACE
OF THE EARTH.
AND LIST OF SPACE COMMAND
OBJECTIVES, QUOTE, INCLUDE A
NUCLEAR ARSENAL IN SPACE.
NOW WHEN YOU LEAVE HERE TONIGHT,
WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO WHEN YOU
GO OUT THE DOOR IS I WANT YOU TO
LOOK UP INTO THE SKY.
HERE'S
THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE.
QUOTE, LOOK UP AT THE SKY.
IMAGINE SPACE-BASED WEAPONS
ORBITING THE GLOBE, READY TO ZAP
OR NUKE ANY COUNTRY DECLARED A
THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES.
NOW THIS IS NOT SCIENCE FICTION,
IT'S DEFENSE SECRETARY DONALD
RUMSFELD'S VISION OF GLOBAL
DOMINATION.
PAUL HELLIER HAS SAID IT WELL IN
A SINGLE SENTENCE.
THAT CANADA MAY BECOME AN
ACCESSORY TO SUCH A MONSTROUS
SCHEME SENDS SHIVERS OF DISGUST
UP AND DOWN MY SPINE.

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