18 December 2000
Science for Peace Media Release on Bush-NMD
By Carolyn Langdon
Executive Coordinator

Toronto- The election of George W. Bush as U.S. President means the deeply flawed and globally destabilizing National Missile Defence Scheme is no longer on hold. "That in itself is bad news for peace", says Mel Watkins of Science for Peace and Chair of the Committee against the National Missile Defence (NMD).

"Worse", adds Watkins, who is also a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto, "for Bush the NMD is the revival of the Reagan Administration's absurd and dangerous Star Wars, and is part of a grand plan for U.S. dominance of space."

Watkins wants the Canadian government to say an unambiguous No to the NMD. "It's the first big test of the government's foreign policy since Mr. Axworthy left the Cabinet. The world will judge us badly if we get this one wrong."

Russian President Vladimir Putin has come to Canada to warn that the NMD will undermine the global commitment to prevent nuclear proliferation.

Karl Grossman, an award-winning American investigative journalist, speaking in Toronto in October, hailed Canada as a world leader at the United Nations in seeking to ban weapons from space. He warned against U.S. plans for space. "Being an empire, being drunk with power, that is what I'm sorry to say my country is involved in". Grossman, who is also Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York, says the United States "desperately needs guidance and pressure from Canada to do the right thing".

The Committee Against the NMD includes representatives from Science for Peace, Greenpeace, Voice of Women, Physicians for Global Survival, Lawyers for Social Responsibility, Peacefund and other peace organizations.

Carolyn Langdon, Executive Coordinator
Science for Peace
University College, 15 King's College Circle
University of Toronto, Toronto ON
Canada M5S 3H7
Tel/Fax 416-978-3606
Web site http://scienceforpeace.sa.utoronto.ca


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