Whose War Is It?

Paperback | January 21, 2008

byJ. L. Granatstein

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If an earthquake devastated the west coast of N orth America or if terrorists attacked the Toronto subway system, would Canadians be ready for a major military challenge in the 21st century? J. L. Granatstein says never mind hypothetical 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 confidentmilitary policy.

Following a new preface that assesses the changes since Stephen Harper’s government took office, Granatstein expands his argument to issues that include the protection of our northern sovereignty; negotiation with U.S. policymakers when anti-American sentiment colours our military and foreign policy; and the cloudy issue of exactly what constitutes Canada’s “national interests.” Discerning, reasoned and passionate, Whose War Is It? asks the hard-hitting questions that must be addressed before it’s too late.

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If an earthquake devastated the west coast of N orth America or if terrorists attacked the Toronto subway system, would Canadians be ready for a major military challenge in the 21st century? J. L. Granatstein says never mind hypothetical threats; our military is incapable of dealing with current and ongoing crises that require well-tra...

J. L. GRANATSTEIN is the author of over 60 books, including the bestsellersWho Killed the Canadian Military?andWhose War Is It?, along withYankee Go Home?,Victory 1945andThe 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 w...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:January 21, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0002228548

ISBN - 13:9780002228541

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for every Canadian There is no doubt in my mind that every Canadian citizen able to vote and read should read this book. Granatstein looks at all the major issues facing Canada today and reminds us that Canada needs to set out to protect its national interests and that the ever popular Anti-Americanism in Canadians is ruining our ties with our most important allies (which he explains why). He really looks at all the issues by stating the facts and his opinion. Though he does tend to lean towards the Right it seems he's more fighting for things to get done and the Government to stop putting our national interests aside. Whose War Is It? Is also written to be understood by every Canadian, not just political enthuisiasts. You won't regret reading this book.
Date published: 2008-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Needed dose of Realism Beginning with a frightening, yet plausible scenario of an earthquake in B.C. and simultaneous terror attacks in Toronto and Montreal, Granatstein shows how years of decreased military spending has left Canada wholly unprepared to deal with such national disasters. He gives a dose of realism, much needed in Canada. "Without national security, all other individual rights become theoretical." He sites many recent examples of how Canada has been shooting itself in the foot; declining a place at the table to discuss how the North American continent is defended, by opting out of Ballistic Missile Defence, and spouting anti-Americanism as if it meant we were more patriotic Canadians, forgetting that 85% of our exports are sent to the U.S., and they ensure our continental defence. It's expected that the Americans will look after their own national interests first, and we cannot expect that they will look after us, just because we won't pay to maintain our own military. He argues against hyphenated Canadians, whose loyalty is still in the Old Country, a pacifist Quebec, the myth of Canadians as the world's peacekeepers, wrong views of foreign policy making, and our inability to protect our Arctic sovereignty. He shows through numerous examples that the war on terror is our war, and we'd better wake up and smell the coffee. Canadians think they can solve the world's problems by insightful thoughts. This book should be required reading for all members of Parliament, and for any Canadian who cares about their country.
Date published: 2008-04-09