posted on Dec, 7 2003 @ 12:22 AM
"A thoughtful and well-researched new study of Canada's military predicts the imminent collapse of two-thirds of the Armed Forces and offers a
stinging indictment of decades of government neglect.
OK, we've heard similar predictions and indictments in recent years, but none so well documented and devastatingly credible as this missile from
researchers at Queen's University. Titled Canada Without Armed Forces?, it suggests the air force and either the army or navy will probably cease to
exist around the end of this decade - unless Ottawa has a serious change of heart.
"The next government will be caught up in a cascading policy entanglement initiated by the rapid collapse of Canadian Forces' core assets and core
capabilities," says the study. "This problem will inevitably disarm foreign policy as Canada repeatedly backs away from international commitments
because it lacks adequate military forces." If Ottawa doesn't wake up and smell the coffee, "then the air force will likely disappear through the
2008-2013 time frame, and either the army or navy will disappear in the same time frame."
Since Canadians have for decades allowed successive federal governments to get away with substituting empty political rhetoric for foreign policy,
while at the same time starving an increasingly bureaucratic military of personnel and equipment, you have to think that this scenario won't bother
most people. What do we need a military for? We don't threaten anyone and we don't have any enemies.
Yet even if you don't support our involvement in any type of military action - and poll after poll suggests most Canadians don't - there are still
the small matters of sovereignty and political independence. The same polls say most of us want to remain a sovereign nation and want Canada to have
an independent voice in the world - particularly when it comes to relations with our powerful neighbour to the south.
But the contradiction, obviously, is that if you can't mount even a token demonstration of sovereignty, and you can't operate independent
peacekeeping forces or contribute to international alliances - your sovereignty exists only on paper and you have no voice in the world. You are a
bystander, and a vulnerable one at that - particularly sitting on an enormous chunk of global real estate and increasingly scarce natural resources.
"The real cost to Canadians," says the Queen's study, if we carry on as we are, "will be not simply a loss of international respect, but most
likely the loss of control over most of Canada's territory and, ultimately, the forfeiting of national sovereignty... Canadians, it would appear, had
best prepare themselves for these ominous apprehensions.".....
Saw this comment:
"What do we need a military for? We don't threaten anyone and we don't have any enemies,"
and can't help but ask, Really? Then again, you
do have the "world's policeman" next door---forgot to mention that one, eh?
And in regards to that "world's policeman" being next door, wasn't there a recent survey done where most Canadians thought the US was the biggest
threat to world peace? If so, wouldn't it be prudent for Canada to have a strong military to "protect" itself from the US?
Despite my questions and forth coming, this article does raise some questions:
* Will Canada eventually merge with the US over time due to necessity?
* Is there a sense of reliance on the US for military "coverage" of Canada and her interests?
* Is the protection and projection of Canada being sacrificed for the nationwide health care system?
* Much like Belgium, Canada has no relevance outside of its borders. Does Canada really wish to have a strong military or is reliance on a "good"
relations standing with the US cause many Canadians to think the US will always be there to help protect itself?
Just wondering aloud and hope to hear from some Canadians on this and their thoughts.