Head in the sand

The Toronto Star reports, in an article by Lee Berthiaume of the Canadian Press, that “Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has thrown cold water on suggestions the Liberal government wants to sign onto continental ballistic missile defence.” I understand why missile defence is, still, a toxic policy for many Canadians, as I explained, back about a month ago the Soviets and then the Russians ran masterful propaganda campaigns that convinced majorities in America, Britain, Canada and, and, and … that strategic missile defence was bad policy (that it would make a war more likely) that it couldn’t work and that, back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan was just a washed up, B-list movie actor, not a statesman. The campaign was, of course, based almost wholly on lies (Ronald Reagan was a B-list actor, that was true) but it persuaded the Western intelligentsia, the progressives and the knee-jerk anti-Americans in Canada and Europe. The Laurentian Elites, in Canada, lapped it all up.

The problem is that both nuclear and weapon (missile) technology are no longer exclusively in the hands of a few … almost anyone can get access to both and the necessary additional (miniaturization) technology to make a nuclear tipped long range ballistic missile a reality.

14354141661Now, I’m not suggesting that the world is absolutely chock-a-block full of madmen whowould like to lob a few missiles at, say, New York, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, Denver and Seattle, but there are a few out there and they may not be overly interested in the technologies that ensure that a missile hits New York instead of Montreal, or Seattle rather thanMAIN-Kim-Jong-Un-missiles Vancouver. But Prime Minister Trudeau says “our long-standing positions on those two issues [the other one being to send troops back to Afghanistan] are not going to be changed any time soon.” In other words “No,” to ballistic missile defence even though Kim Jong-un appears very nearly able to mate a nuclear warhead to a long range missile which may not have really first rate guidance systems. It is, I suppose, a wholly predictable position for Justin Trudeau to take … it is also irresponsible and the Star notes that “many defence experts and parliamentarians, including some Liberals, want the issue reopened.

The Liberals,” the report says, “had also said in their recent defence policy that they planned to discuss with the U.S. ways to improve North America’s defences against, promises_promises_revival_logo-1among other things, ballistic missiles … [but] … Exactly what form those discussions will take — and what concrete measures will be taken to better protect the continent — remains unclear.” So, it’s the same old Liberal same old … promises and pronouncements and prevarication but nothing that smacks of the action that Canada really needs, now.

The Conservatives are not crystal clear on this. They understand, as well as do the Liberals, that most Canadians are still ‘convinced’ by the lies that the Soviets told and the Russian keep telling about missile defence.

I believe that there is a clear and pressing case for Canada to join in a North American continental missile defence scheme now

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… I doubt the costs will be high. I suspect the Americans will be glad to have us on board with only a couple of “gap filling” radar sites and, perhaps, an alternate (back-up) warning and control centre …


 … it is time to abandon the tradition Liberal position on defence …


By Ted Campbell

Old, retired Canadian soldier, Conservative ~ socially moderate, but a fiscal hawk. A husband, father and grandfather. Published material is posted under the "Fair Dealing" provisions (§29) of the Copyright Act for the purposes of research, private study and education.


  1. We were originally offered the system for free, although I doubt that the present administration would repeat the offer.

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