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Canada Bows to US Nuclear-Powered Warships and NATO Exercises PDF Print E-mail
Peace News
Wednesday, 14 June 2006 02:12

2006 June 14

Canada Bows to US Nuclear-Powered Warships and NATO Exercises

PEJ News- Joan Russow - While other states have taken a strong stand against US nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable War ships, and against US-led military war games, Canada is willing to bypass its own statutory regulations to accommodate US displays of militarism.

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Obsequious Canada bows to US nuclear powered warships and to US-led NATO exercises

Joan Russow

While other states have taken a strong stand against US nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable War ships, and against US-led military war games, Canada is willing to bypass its own statutory regulations to accommodate US displays of militarism.

Canadian citizens have tried for years to prevent US nuclear powered vessels from entering Canadian waters, and urban ports. Citizens in other cities, such as Kobe, Japan, have been successful in blocking the entry of these nuclear warships for the past 31 years.

Many Canadian citizens have protested Canada being used as the site of US-led NATO war games such as Exercise Trident Fury. Last week , lawmakers in Crimea declared the peninsula a ?NATO-free zone:, after mass protests were sparked by the docking of the US cargo ship Advantage at the Black Sea port of Feodosia. Subsequently, clashes erupted in the Crimea over the presence of a US Navy ship. Up to 2,000 anti-NATO demonstrators protested outside where the US reservists were staying in Feodosia.

In Victoria, Canada, when the US nuclear powered and nuclear arms capable vessels dock, the down town businesses port signs of ?Welcome sailors?. During the Exercise Trident Fury, the welcome signs were less conspicuous and restricted to the local bars.

The local, Victoria , New Democratic Member of Parliament, Denise Savoie, raised concerns about Exercise Trident fury in Parliament, but the Conservative government was oblivious to the concerns of many citizens in Victoria.

Although letters to the editors opposing Exercise Trident Fury were published, editorials in most of the newspapers were lauding the exercise and declaring the importance of ?interoperability? among NATO, US, UK being vital for the security of Canada. Only one local news paper, the Victoria news raised serious issues about the exercise in an article, ?Optics of war signal Bush-style Militarism? by reporter, Brennan Clark.

The Canadian Conservative government should take guidance from other jurisdictions, and prohibit these displays of militarism from occurring in Canadian waters and port cities. 

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