Perfect time to petition for peace
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