Why The United States And Canada Should Merge: Foreign Policy Opinion

Tooele, Utah (CNN) — Syria has been given a year to eliminate its chemical weapons arsenal, or face the threat of a U.S. military strike. Yet it may come as a surprise that the United States has still not destroyed all of its massive supply of deadly nerve agents. In fact, neither has Russia. Both Washington and Moscow signed the Chemical Weapons Convention of the 1990s, which forbid the use, production and stockpiling of chemical weapons. And both countries missed the convention’s extended deadline last year to destroy all of their chemical weapons. This fact was highlighted during Friday’s ceremony awarding the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons , which is helping to eliminate the Syrian army’s stockpiles of poison gas. “Certain states have not observed the deadline, which was April 2012, for destroying their chemical weapons,” the Nobel committee noted in its official announcement of the coveted peace prize. “This applies especially to the USA and Russia.” The United States estimates it will be at least another decade before it completes destruction of the remaining 10% of its chemical weapons, estimated at more than 3,100 tons. Russia has more than five times that amount left to destroy, according to the OPCW. While it’s unclear exactly how many chemical weapons Syria has, U.S. intelligence and other estimates put its chemical weapons stockpile at about 1,000 tons stored in dozens of sites. Syria’s chemical arsenal at a glance The storage igloos at the Utah depot where munitions were stored and the destruction facility, in the background.

… In the second phase of the common market, the three countries would establish a formal political confederation, allowing for free trade, the integration of production, and technical integration. Only then can the three embark on a systematic, long-term plan of investment for the twenty-first century.” Like Francis’ proposal, the plan was politically outlandish but economically sensible. Twenty-eight years later, after political and economic desperation have brought revolutions in Libya and Egypt, and with Sudan now partitioned but still underdeveloped, was this period of decline inevitable? The sensational, possibly hyperbolic future Francis envisions, of rising powers whittling away at Canada’s — and ultimately America’s — resources and sovereignty, is similarly dire. “It doesn’t have to be,” she tells FP. “I’m not trying to be alarmist, or paranoid, or conspiratorial. [China and Russia] are just doing business, except that they’re big and organized.” In many ways, Ameri-Canada is already a reality. “We’re merging in some ways,” Francis says. “We’re merging in investment and ownership and people traveling,” and she points out that three million Canadians live in the United States, and another million Americans have headed north. “But this border is really thickening,” she says, pointing to immigration disputes since Sept.