What if a major earthquake devastated the west coast of North America, killing thousands of people, flattening entire cities and fracturing the economy? How would the Canadian government address the crisis when many of our already weakened forces are deployed in Kandahar or in supporting roles? Or suppose terrorists attacked the Toronto subway system during a convention of Canadian and American emergency-room physicians? Would our military have the manpower, equipment and technical resources to protect our citizens and visitors?
Granatstein says never mind hypothetical—and completely probable—threats; our military is incapable of dealing with current and ongoing crises that require well-trained, well-equipped and properly deployed troops, supported by a confident military policy. He argues that Canadians’ once-vaunted role of peacekeeping is no longer relevant in a post-9/11 world, since recent missions, from Somalia to Kosovo to Afghanistan, are akin to war. Granatstein also takes Canadian attitudes to task, criticizing our increasing reluctance to support a military presence in countries such as Afghanistan.
Whose War Is It? asks the questions Canadians need answered right now:
• How can we negotiate with US policymakers when anti-American sentiment is affecting our military and foreign policies?
• Do multiculturalism and our immigration policy make us vulnerable to terrorist attacks?
• How can we protect our northern sovereignty most effectively?
• What should we do about a “pacifist” Quebec?
• Just what are Canada’s national interests, and how can we advance them?
In the same tradition as his #1 bestseller Who Killed the Canadian Military?, Whose War Is It? is a hard-hitting, timely clarion call to arms.
About the author
J. L. GRANATSTEIN is the author of over 60 books, including the bestsellersWho Killed The Canadian Military? and Whose War Is It?, along withYankee Go Home?, Victory 1945 and The Generals, which won the J. W. Dafoe Prize and the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography. A distinguished research professor of history emeritus at York University, he was a member of the RMC Board of Governors and is chair of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute. He lives in Toronto. Visit Granatstein atwww.whosewar.ca.
"A clear-eyed, tough-minded argument for the primacy of national interests in the formulation of policy." (Winnipeg Free Press)
Other titles by J.L. Granatstein
Canada at War
Conscription, Diplomacy, and Politics
A Nation Shaped by War
Politics of Survival
The Conservative Part of Canada, 1939-1945
Insiders Reflect on Foreign Policy, Trade, and Defence, 1968-84
Waging War and Keeping the Peace
Filling the Ranks
Manpower in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1918
The Weight of Command
Voices of Canada’s Second World War Generals and Those Who Knew Them
The Greatest Victory
Canada's One Hundred Days, 1918
Why Canada Was Unprepared for the Second World War
In the National Interest
Canadian Foreign Policy and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 1909-2009