The prospect of Iranian nuclear weapons is frightening, but would the
consequences of using force against Iran be worse? Also featured in the
issue hitting newsstands today: The most ethical companies in Canada;
and, is Philip Pullman's Golden Compass atheism for kids? For these
stories, and Andrew Coyne's exclusive column, turn to www.macleans.ca.
TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ - For anyone who hoped that U.S. President George
W. Bush would use his final year or so in office to quietly ease into
retirement - satisfied with launching two major military campaigns - this has
been a disappointing summer and fall. Despite ongoing wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, the prospect of a third one to be fought with Iran over its
nuclear program is real and growing.
Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful - a claim the United Nations
nuclear watchdog has been unable to verify due to Iran's history of
obfuscation. Most Western governments believe the program is geared toward
developing nuclear weapons.
For now, there remains the possibility that Iran might be dissuaded from
acquiring nuclear weapons through some combination of diplomacy and sanctions.
But the window is closing and eventually - perhaps within only a couple of
years - George W. Bush or the next U.S. president will face a stark decision:
allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, or use force to stop it.
The most ethical companies in Canada
It wasn't very long ago, just 10 years at the most, when a typical CEO
would answer questions about corporate social responsibility by saying that a
company's obligations are to make money, create jobs and obey the law.
Needless to say, standards, and attitudes, have changed.
Today, social responsibility means protecting the environment, respecting
human rights and accepting the challenge to be an active force for good in the
world. It's a tall order. Amazingly, more and more major companies are living
up to those standards. Maclean's, in partnership with Jantzi Research,
presents our first-ever ranking of the most socially responsible companies
operating in North America.
Atheism for kids
Considered the "anti-Narnia," the Golden Compass books come to the big
screen amidst big controversy. Author Phillip Pullman's youthful protagonists
battle not just mortal men, but God himself. In his trilogy's finale, those
children actually kill God, albeit accidentally - they were trying to help him
- and just about everyone is happier. For angry religious critics, Philip
Pullman is a literary anti-Christ.
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