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THE CANADIAN PRESS
Last week's launch drew international condemnation and an angry response from President Donald Trump.
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Canada's failure to step up for last week's nuclear weapons ban was criticized from many corners.
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The July 4 missile launch reached an altitude of 2,802 km.
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As I watch Donald Trump giddily dropping the "mother of all bombs" on Afghanistan, or bombing Syria, or sending a U.S. soldier to his death in Yemen, or threatening war with North Korea, I think of a bearded guy in New Hampshire, washing his pickup truck one sunny Saturday morning in August. He warned us.
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We have a problem, rather, a preoccupation with power. It is human nature to want and crave it, but the ways we get it and keep it are usually inhumane. The simplest, most base feeling of power is that of physical might. The ability to defeat one's foes in combat.
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Not only did Canada vote against starting negotiations for a nuclear weapons ban treaty this fall, but now that the international community is moving ahead with the negotiations beginning March 27, Canada is boycotting them. The Liberals have given three different excuses, but none of them make much sense.
That's why we recommend that this matter be taken to the United Nations and urge them to pass a resolution modeled on the Second Amendment as in: "The national right to keep and bear weapons of any kind shall not be infringed." Once we're all armed to the teeth, peace can reign throughout the world. At least that's the plan.
While every other category of weapons of mass destruction has been specifically prohibited under international law, nuclear weapons -- by far the most destructive of them all -- remarkably still have not. What is needed is a global legal ban on nuclear weapons, with specific provisions for the elimination of existing arsenals and a timeline for verified implementation.
Today known as Ozersk, City 40 is considered the founding place of the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons program, where the first Soviet plutonium-based bomb, known as "First Lightning," was made. Since its founding, the city has been surrounded with double barbed-wire fences and monitored by armed guards.
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Trudeau will be in Washington this week at the last of the nuclear-safety summits organized by President Obama.
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Canada's renewed focus on nuclear non-proliferation efforts has been in the works for months.
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North Korea's recent nuclear-weapons test constitutes provocative, destabilizing activity for the region and the globe and demands strong condemnation from the international community. Every effort must be made to keep North Korea's nuclear ambitions in check. But too often outside policymakers and observers seem to overlook the simple fact that the current standoff is in part a result of an unsustainable nuclear-weapons regime that perpetuates a double standard between states that have nuclear weapons and those that do not.
I hope the New Year will be a prosperous one where mankind will once again rediscover its sense of humanity and try to resolve its issues with rationale and dialogue instead of the barrel of the gun and spilling more blood.