Per­fect time to pe­ti­tion for peace

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

The Ed­i­tor, Just in time for Valen­tine’s and Fam­ily Day on Fe­bru­ary 18 the Alexan­dria li­brary ob­tained a copy of 150 Cana­dian Sto­ries of Peace. Half of those one to two-page sto­ries are in­dexed un­der “Fam­ily Re­la­tion­ships.” Seven are in French.

Most of the au­thors have writ­ten a sin­gle story al­though four of the Ot­tawa writ­ers who com­piled the an­thol­ogy have writ­ten up to six sto­ries each. The book was pub­lished in 2017 by “Walk­ing for Peace.” Watch on the TVO web­site the doc­u­men­tary “The Man Who Saved the World” about Stanislov Petrov and his hero­ism on Sept. 23, 1983. TVO broad­cast it on Jan. 11. The hour and 45-minute pro- duc­tion by Daniel Nor­we­gian and other or­ga­ni­za­tions in 2014 films Petrov’s life in di­rect. Rus­sian ac­tors, trans­lated with English sub­ti­tles recre­ate the drama when Petrov, in a sta­tion near Moscow, in­sisted on treat­ing as a mis­take, the radar warn­ing of five mis­siles ar­riv­ing from the USA. Sev­eral days later the warn­ing proved to be the sun’s re­flec­tion off the clouds. Petrov died in 2017.

Watch also the hour-long doc­u­men­tary “Mis­sile Cri­sis: The Man Who Saved the World” about the So­viet sub­ma­rine com­man­der Vasili Arkhipov who in Oc­to­ber 1962, re­fused to give the nec­es­sary con­sent to two other com­man­ders to fire their mis­siles on the USA. Only in 2002 did news of this cri­sis be­come pub­lic. The doc­u­men­tary also uses Rus­sian ac­tors with English sub­ti­tles. Watch it on UTube. Arkhipov died Au­gust 19, 1998 from sickness caused by ra­di­a­tion in an ac­ci­dent on a sub­ma­rine.

Go to the­bul­letin.org to see the six sci­en­tists from the Bul­letin of the Atomic Sci­en­tists ex­plain on Jan. 24 why they’ve left the Dooms­day Clock this year at two min­utes to mid­night. Fam­ily Day is the 20th an­niver­sary of the jail­ing in 1999 of two plow­shares ac­tivists for dis­arm­ing a nu­clear mis­sile site in Denver, Colorado. One got three years, the other two. We’re now into the 80th an­niver­sary year of the nu­clear age. The atom was split at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity in Bri­tain on Jan­uary 22, 1939.

Valen­tine’s Day is the 100th an­niver­sary of the pre­sen­ta­tion of the League of Na­tions to the Peace Con­fer­ence at Ver­sailles, France. But heck, we’ve just spent four years mark­ing the 100th an­niver­saries of World War I bat­tles. Why re­mem­ber the an­niver­saries of peace ef­forts?

South Glen­garry con­stituents have only eight months left to per­suade MP Guy Lau­zon to join the Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans for Nu­clear NonPro­lif­er­a­tion and Dis­ar­ma­ment, PNND. If he does, he will in re­tire­ment, be listed as one of the alumni mem­bers of PNND. Now wouldn’t that be a legacy?

Ger­ard Daech­sel, Alexan­dria

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