Getting Serious about the Ballistic Missile Threat

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 02-3

Ernie Regehr

North America, like the rest of the world, faces serious ballistic missile threats and our governments have a duty to try to offer us some protection. Any “homeland security” policy worth its name should obviously make the homeland safer, so the Bush Administration is not wrong to mark ballistic missiles for prominent attention. However, Washington’s double standard must be rejected. The idea that ballistic missiles and weapons of mass destruction are essential for some but a great evil when sought by others is ridiculous. The threat to use them to deliver weapons of mass destruction is wrong – make that evil – no matter who does the threatening. Protection against it requires global standards and action. A North American “homeland” solution is not available.

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