The world is already adjusting to the news of North Korea’s latest and most powerful nuclear test to date. And not just with condemnation and calls for more sanctions. But with action.
The day after the Sept. 4th launch of what the rogue state claims is their first ever H-bomb, South Korea gave the all-clear to finalize the deployment of THAAD, a U.S. anti-missile defence system.
Meanwhile, The Economist reports that American utilities are already placing greater focus on protecting the electrical grid after Kim Jong-un’s launch came with a statement threatening to launch an electromagnetic pulse attack that could shut off all power for months.
These are long overdue issues that should have already been addressed. But if this latest launch was the kick in the pants needed to get action, so be it.
We can’t say the same for one of Canada’s national security omissions, at least not yet. Back in 2005, the Paul Martin government announced we wouldn’t be participating in a proposed ballistic missile defence (BMD) program.
At the time there was a lot of sentiment against it. There was a reticence to be seen going along with George W. Bush. And there were big worries that this would lead to a new arms race.
But a lot has changed since then. First of all, fears of proliferation have proven unfounded. While the U.S. went ahead with BMD, they continued to sign disarmament agreements with Russia. Numbers went down, not up.