1. USA says they will do continental missile defense coverage whether or not Canada participates.
2. USA says that they will pay for all the costs of the missile defense program, whether or not Canada participates. (this makes point 1 logically necessary).
3. No matter what opposition says, the proposed missile defense program is not Star Wars. Star Wars is space-based lasers. Missile defense is ground-based interception systems. It's much cheaper and more feasible. Mind you, this point is totally irrelevant to Canadians because of point 2.
Given these facts, it makes no sense that Paul Martin wants to reject the missile defense proposal (see point 1). Canada has nothing to lose, but perhaps something to gain. As my political science prof put it months ago, it's far better for Canada to enter into the agreement and decide for ourselves how we want the missile defense plan to affect Canada than let the Americans decide for us. Or as the US Ambassador to Canada noted:
"We don't get it," Paul Cellucci said in Toronto. "If there's a missile incoming, and it's heading toward Canada, you are going to leave it up to the United States to determine what to do about that missile. We don't think that is in Canada's sovereign interest."
Cellucci compared the situation to one that occurred during the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. He noted that it was a Canadian general at Norad who scrambled military jets under orders from Bush to shoot down a hijacked commercial aircraft headed for Washington.
Had that plane been flying over Canada, it would have fallen to the prime minister to make the decision to shoot it down, Cellucci said.
Does anyone else see the irony here? In an effort to win Canadians over to his side by spouting the "I am Canadian, I take no American compromise" crap, Martin will actually be sacrificing Canadian sovereignty. Wake up and smell the coffee please! When the US sets up their defense systems in the oceans, you think we'll be able to say something about it? "Hey USA! We don't want that there! Go away!" Give me a break.
This is just another case of stupid Canadian nationalism destroying Canada's independence. Why is it so hard to understand that we have to work with the big elephant downstairs if we want to retain our sovereignty? You have to do that on certain issues when you're not an elephant. Let's be realistic. Obviously, you don't have to do it on all issues, as there are some where it's preferable to reject the US party line. Case in point: softwood lumber. Both NAFTA and the WTO have ruled in favour of Canada and it's our right to attack the US on softwood lumber points. But missile defense is not one of those situations where we can swing our paltry welterweight fists (see point 1).
I'm not disliking Paul Martin the most here. I'm disliking the huge number of Canadians that are flocking to his side and yelling support from the sidelines because they ironically don't want to give up their sovereignty. They deserved to lose it a long time ago by being so close-minded and illogical.
Okay, I'm done my venting.