Just Dummies: Cruise Missile Testing in Canada
University of Calgary Press | 2006 | ISBN: 1552382117 | Pages: 283 | PDF | 2.32 MB
The decision in 1978 by the Canadian government to allow cruise missile testing in the high arctic by their U.S. allies was a controversial one, with the political fall-out affecting three successive governments until the late 1990s. Each government faced harsh criticism from activists, opposition parties, and the general public, with attempts to appease domestic unrest having little or no effect. Using recently de-classified documents from the highest levels of government, author John Clearwater guides the reader through the murky waters of this divisive issue and analyses the Canadian government's failure to fully disclose its position on a matter of significant public interest despite vocal and organised opposition. "Just Dummies: Cruise Missile Testing in Canada" considers each aspect of this decades-long struggle, from the military and the political, to the protesters and the public, offering an insider's view that finally lifts the cloak of secrecy to uncover the real story behind the spin.
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