It is time

Many years ago an author/playwright put these words into the mouth of one of his characters: “I know what you’re against .. [but] … What are you for?” It remains a pertinent question today, for many, many people all around the world. Here in Canada it appears, to me, that Erin O’Tool and his Conservatives are fullyContinue reading “It is time”

What Canada needs

““There is no way you can look at the global landscape and see [anything] other than increased indicators of danger and threats … [but] … The level of real and actual danger will depend on how it is that nations around the world hold China to account, and the same can be said for Russia.””Continue reading “What Canada needs”

Hope is not a valid course of action

I said, just a few days ago, that There.Is.No.Alternative, for Canada, other than, finally, after 50 years of having our heads in the sand, getting serious about our own defences and the world’s security. There are major threats to global peace posed by e.g. Iran’s and North Korea’s fanatical strategic aims, by Russia’s continuing adventurousContinue reading “Hope is not a valid course of action”

There Is No Alternative

Campbell Clark, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “For much of its history, Canada has been a lucky country, sharing the prosperity of its U.S. neighbour, tucked under its security umbrella, supporting a U.S.-led world order. The divided nation to our south on view during the 2020 election campaign has to make youContinue reading “There Is No Alternative”

Ballistic Missile Defence NOW!

So, I came upon this backgrounder (updated in December 2019) on North Korea’s military capabilities by Eleanor Albert published by the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations. One key takeaway is that North Korea continues to develop its intercontinental nuclear tipped ballistic missile force. Its missiles can now reach anywhere in North America: Anyone, which, IContinue reading “Ballistic Missile Defence NOW!”

Is the worst over?

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde is a very smart person and, on Friday, according to a report by Reuters, she said that Europe “is “probably past” the worst of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the recovery will be uneven … [and] … Speaking as fears of a second wave shook investorsContinue reading “Is the worst over?”

I wonder if anyone is listening

Michelle Carbert, writing in the Globe and Mail, says that “Canada’s top general [General Jonathan Vance, ⇐ the Chief of the Defence Staff] says Russia poses the most immediate military threat to this country and the international community today, while China represents a significant risk for cyber attacks … [and, the point was echoed byContinue reading “I wonder if anyone is listening”

Afghanistan in retrospect (3) (the Future?)

Following on from the other day, Dr Carter Malkasian writes, in Foreign Affairs, that in 2015 and 2016 the war in Afghanistan went from bad to worse for the US-supported Afghan government. That rejuvenated Taliban went from victory to victory, from strength to strength. Then, “When President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, theContinue reading “Afghanistan in retrospect (3) (the Future?)”

So, here we are …

… not even ten days into the 2020s. A century ago the “roaring ’20s” dawned with the realization that the Treaty Of Versailles (28 June 1919) was so deeply flawed that Henry Cabot Lodge, a great and astute American statesman, who had advocated for American participation, on the allied side, in the First World WarContinue reading “So, here we are …”

A year-end thought on a vital issue

Murray Brewster, writing for CBC News, reports that “Canada’s new frigates are being designed with ballistic missile defence in mind, even though successive federal governments have avoided taking part in the U.S. program … [but, he ads] … When they slip into the water some time in the mid-to-late 2020s, the new warships probably won’tContinue reading “A year-end thought on a vital issue”