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Question 5: Security
How does the military best serve Canada’s foreign policy objectives:
though national and continental defence; combat missions in support of international
coalitions; peacekeeping; all of the above?
||You don’t need peace keepers if you get rid of the warmongers. Maybe we should be looking a little closer to home for the source of the world’s problems.
||A policy of developing bigger and better weapons, missile defence systems, and more submarines will do little or nothing to protect anybody against terrorist attacks. Canada should not engage in any such program, whether it
is home-based or U.S.-based.
Nuclear weapons also continue to threaten o
||Canada’s foreign policy objectives and values are clearly best served through peace-building and peacekeeping initiatives within the realm of multilateral fora such as the United Nations. This traditional role should be strengthened and funded accordingly.
Canadian foreign policy has, in the trad
||Following the previous answer, the military is not necessarily the best or the only institution to serve Canada’s foreign policy objectives. There is a need to develop non-military alternatives, for example civilian defence, supporting the Global Nonviolent Peace force, developing a non-military alt
||Our role as peacekeepers is important, and so is the military's role in search and rescue. Our role in national defence should be largely symbolic. We should not be involved in "continental defence", for this is largely doing what the Americans demand. I do not feel that our security has
||Canadians have taken great and justifiable pride in their country’s standing as “peacekeepers to the world.” Indeed, it was for his role in creating the United Nations Emergency Force (UNEF) that was interposed between Israeli and Egyptian troops in the Sinai Desert at the end of the 1956 War, that
||Dear Minister Graham:
Allow me to urge on two fronts:
A -- RE POTENTIAL FOR CANADIAN TROOPS TO BE DISPATCHED TO IRAQ -- In my view Canada should cease and desist from providing troops on the ground in Iraq especially, and/or in the case of any further military actions undertaken by the United Stat
||We should not be following the US in their propagantic way of finding the devil. Many of the responses of politicians of late regurgitate the same pat answers that the Americans have created. Some of the newer and misleading phrases that have entered our lexicon our weapons of mass destruction and
||We should focus on peacekeeping. We should
NOT participate in the US's National Missle Defense plan.
The recent Columbia tragedy is an example of the
problems which arise when we use complex technology.
Since a missle defense will be exceedingly complex, this accident is a demonstration of
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