For a year now, my peace/anti-war activities have centred on opposing
what is euphemistically called America's "missile defense shield."
And, since February 23, 2005, when Paul Martin cleverly pretended to oppose
so called "missile defense," I've focused my efforts on conducting
and publishing original research to reveal Canada's hidden role in this massive,
weapons-creation and -development program.
What I found is that for years now, Canadian corporate and scientific
communities, as well as government departments, agencies and crown corporations,
have been busily participating in the creation, development, maintenance, operation,
financing and planned deployment of "missile defense" weapons systems.
However, because Canadians are generally unaware of their country's involvement
in "missile defense," many immediately praised the Liberal government
for its supposed refusal to join this offensive weapons scheme. Now, nine months
later, although the Liberal government is credited on a daily basis with having
kept Canada out of U.S. "missile defense" plans, the Liberal's have
yet to substantiate their hollow pronouncement with even a single, concrete
action. And, many Canadians -- including some key activists who oppose "missile
defense" -- continue their unfounded applause for the Liberal government's
phoney "no" to involvement in the U.S. weapons-development scheme.
This federal election is an opportune time to draw attention to Canada's participation
in so called "missile defense" and to hold the Liberals accountable
for pretending that they prevented Canada from "joining."
I continue to hope that my efforts to unveil Canada's actual complicity in
"missile defense" preparations will help in some small way to resuscitate
Canada's nearly-defunct -- but once vibrant -- anti-Ballistic Missile Defense
(BMD) movement. The peace/antiwar movement can indeed be proud that prior to
the government's much-ballyhooed, but totally hypocritical and duplicitous,
"no to missile defense," we built a strong opposition to this offensive,
U.S. weapons program. It is tragic, however, that as soon as the government
made its fake pronouncement, grassroots opposition acquiesced and protests disappeared.
By pulling the wool over our eyes on "missile defense," the Liberal
government also managed to pull the rug right out from under our feet! This
is the kind of manoeuvre that typifies Liberal governments. They talk from the
left side of their mouths, while governing from the right.