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More paranoia?

#1
Alaska-Yukon Link Could Boost Economies
May 08, 2005 12:32 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - A rail link between Alaska and Canada, proposed as a faster way to transport natural resources, would also enable the United States to support anti-ballistic missile silos and military bases, a new study says.

While supporters are playing up the economic advantages, and the Alaskan and Yukon governments have signed an agreement to study the idea, critics say the military uses are likely to stir opposition in Canada, where the continental missile shield project is unpopular.

The report by a Boston firm says the link would benefit the Canadian and U.S. economies, and make it easier for the U.S. military to move its troops through Canada to worldwide theaters of operation such as North Korea.

The link, which has been debated for years, would require 1,150 miles of new track, from the current Alaska railroad terminus near Alaska's Eielson Air Force Base to Fort St. John or Fort Nelson in northeastern British Columbia. Those two cities are already linked to Canada's national railroad system.

It would enhance support of missile-defense interceptor silos being built at Fort Greeley in Alaska, and missile-tracking radar on Shemya, one of the Aleutian Islands, says the report by Charles River Associates, prepared for the Yukon Territory provincial government and obtained by The Associated Press.

Steve Staples, a defense analyst with the Polaris Institute, an Ottawa think tank, suggested Prime Minister Paul Martin would be seen as "duping Canadians" and "allowing participation in missile defense through the back door" if he signed on to a rail link serving U.S. military bases.

Martin's office declined to comment.

Many Canadians fear the anti-missile scheme would lead to the weaponization of space. Martin confounded Washington by opting out of the project in February, saying Canada was committed to the continent's security through NORAD, the U.S.-Canadian early-warning system.

The Charles River report said the missiles in Alaska were a buffer against the perceived threat from North Korea, which claims it has nuclear weapons and is said to be working on a missile that could reach North America.

The railroad, costing $1.15 billion to $2.3 billion, would allow Washington to develop an Alaskan port to station up to three missile defense ships in the northern Pacific, outside Korean territorial waters, the report said.

"An effective defense requires stationing at least one missile defense ship, and more likely two or three, in the northern Pacific outside North Korean territorial waters," it said.

Last week Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie and Alaskan Gov. Frank Murkowski signed a memorandum of understanding, agreeing to split the estimated $5 million cost of the study, which begins this month and will be finished by June 2006.

In telephone interviews with The Associated Press, both played down the military aspect, saying the link would be primarily commercial and would incorporate fiber-optic communication cables and a potential natural gas pipeline. The report mentions tourism but doesn't highlight it as an important factor for the future.

The report says the railroad could transport the region's platinum, zinc, gold, coal, copper and nickel. "It would help us open up our vast treasure trove of resources," Fentie said.

And it could shave five days off the time it takes to move cargo out of busy ports in Vancouver or Seattle. "We could relieve some of that congestion and pick up a serious portion of that cargo," Murkowski said.

Fentie noted that U.S. troops and materiel already move through the Yukon by truck. The highway between Dawson Creek, B.C., and Alaska was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1942, when a Japanese invasion was feared.

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On the Web:

Yukon government site: www.economicdevelopment.gov.yk.ca

Charles River Associates: www.crai.com
Copyright 2005 Associated Press. All rights reserved
 
#2
This wont fly for the same reason that a gas pipeline from alaska across Canada into the midwest didnt work out. The US doesnt want to be at the mercy of Canada. A gas pipeline could be shut off as can a railroad. Why create a potential problem between neighbors when you dont have to ?
 
#3
FFS, this is ridiculous. Out of the huge quantities of ores, timber, etc., that could be moved by this railway, what % will be related to the US military at all, let alone missile defence? And is the US really going to send highly advanced, complex and expensive missile defence gear by, er, rail?

Paranoid delusionals here trying to stop something that could benefit both countries. I wonder what their real motive is?
 
#4
Paranoid delusionals 'hobo-phobia'

The relationship between forced insomnia and acute transitory exogenous psychosis named "railway paranoid" is under discussion. According to the author's data, forced insomnia precedes that psychosis in all the cases; it lasts from 2 to 5 days, being consequent on a tiresome journey. A permanent and direct relationship can be elucidated between the duration of insomnia and the depth of paranoid. Psychosis is eliminated after a deep sleep and subsequent asthenia. In experimental sleep deprivation described by some authors, the general regularities were established between psychosis in question and the status of disturbed consciousness. The conclusion is made that forced insomnia causes railway paranoid. It is of importance to stress that all attempts to discover some other psychogenic factor which would explain the exogenous structure of the given psychosis have so far ended in failure.
maybe it's the 'lonesome whistle whining low'


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(ALL ABOARD!)
 
#5
not to worry.. itwill all be sorted out tomorrow when the Tories/Reform/Alliance/Conservatives bring down the Liberals and we all go to the polls again to sort out the mistake we made last time..
 
#7
Not to ' derail ' this thread by ' shunting it onto a siding '..but..
it will be a Harper minority most likely...

Martin will get the boot, sooner rather than later, and Belinda will be lined up to become the 2nd female PM a la Campbell..unless, of course, the much hated economic centre of the universe, Ontario Division, decides the NeuRight is too scary and gives PMPM a squeak thru minority once again because Stephen H is too Bush-lite for their tastes and we're back in the soup
 
#8
That's a good summation Rocket.

If they sell the paranoids again against Steven H, it's probably their best chance.

What a way to become PM, a la Campbell.
 

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